Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Syllables Millionaire

Submitted by Dave Walkden on Wed, 2005-10-26 14:02

Literacy: Ww/E3.2, Syllables

Resource type: Game, Interactive presentation

Level: E3

Syllables Millionaire is a great PowerPoint game in the style of ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’, including embedded sound. Focuses on the use of syllables as a spelling aid – with graduated questions. The PPT file can easily be edited and used to check learning at the end of any literacy or numeracy topic that lends itself to a quiz format.

Please also download the PDF overview / help sheet below.

Adapted from a version by Tony Baldwin of the Department of Technology Services, Cascade Union Elementary School, US in May 2000.

Suffixes and SQ3R mind maps

Submitted by Nikki Brown on Sat, 2005-10-22 14:02

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals, Ww/L2.1

General: Dyslexia support

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Mind map, Worksheet or assignment

Suffixes and SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review). Two more wonderful mind maps from Nikki Brown. One summarises spelling rules for adding suffixes and is accompanied by 3 pages of revision worksheets. The second one sums up the SQ3R reading strategy – which can be useful for dyslexia and general reading support.
Please also download the separate answer sheet for the suffix questions.

Animal descriptions

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Thu, 2005-10-06 00:00

Literacy: SLc/E3.1, SLc/E3.3, SLlr/E3.2, Ws/E2.2

Resource type: Game, Warm-up

Level: M8, E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

A speaking and listening card game / warm-up activity for Entry 2-3 Literacy. Linked to Entry level descriptive writing and work on adjectives. Best printed in colour and laminated. 10 animal cards plus adjective wheels for planning your written or spoken description. With differentiation ideas for preEntry and Levels 1-2.

We need to use CAPITAL LETTERS.

Submitted by Margaret Lagoyianni on Mon, 2005-09-12 14:02

Literacy: Ws/E1.2, Ws/E1.3, Ws/E2.3, Ws/E2.4, Ws/E3.4, Ws/L1.3, Ww/E1.2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

Wonderful handout and series of differentiated worksheets for E1-L1. With topical news items, and work related activities.

Note: Sept 2011 – picture added and curriculum mapping improved.


Submitted by Imogen Stewart on Fri, 2005-08-12 14:01

Literacy: Rs/E2.4, Rs/E3.3, Rs/L1.2, Ws/E2.3, Ws/E2.4, Ws/E3.4, Ws/L1.3

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: E2, E3, L1

A wonderful PowerPoint all about common and proper nouns, and when to use capital letters.
Imogen was inspired to create this from the ‘virtual shopping bag’ idea in Jo Williams’ ‘Shopping Bag Capital Letters’ and from Margaret Lagoyianni’s ‘We need to use Capital Letters’ (see below).

Consonant digraphs - ch, th, sh.

Submitted by Karen White on Tue, 2005-07-19 14:02

Literacy: Ww/E1.3, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E1.3, Ww/E1.2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1

Phonics worksheets. Fill in missing initial consonant digraphs to complete the word next to each picture. 5 words and pictures per page, with answer sheet.

Note: Sept 2011 – picture added and curriculum mapping improved.


Submitted by June Mill on Tue, 2005-07-19 14:02

Pre-entry: Rti/M7.3, SLc/M7.1, SLc/M7.2, Wt/M8.1, SLlr/M8.2, Rtc/M8.3, SLc/M8.1, SLlr/M8.4

Literacy: Ws/E1.1, Ws/E2.1, Wt/E1.1, Wt/E2.1

ESOL: ESOL Ws/E1.1a, ESOL Ws/E2.1a, ESOL Wt/E1.1a, ESOL Wt/E2.1a

Resource type: Discussion points, Writing prompts

Level: M7, M8, E1, E2

5 hand drawn storyboards – shopping, holidays, swimming, getting-up and a bank robbery! Pictures can be cut up, muddled and re-sequenced; simple sentences written out to match with pictures; sentences written in the present to be changed to past tense (ESOL); write sentences then join with conjunctions e.g. then, next; or simply as prompts for conversation and discussion.

Verb endings -ed -ing

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Thu, 2005-06-23 14:02

Literacy: Ww/E3.2, Ws/E3.2

ESOL: ESOL Ws/E3.2a, ESOL Ww/E2.1b

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Interactive worksheet

Editable online interactive Word worksheet. Explore various sites to practice adding -ed and -ing suffixes and investigate irregular past tense verbs. Uses the Guide to Grammar and Writing and English Zone

Long and short medial vowels

Submitted by Karen White on Wed, 2005-06-15 14:02

Literacy: Ww/E1.3, Rw/E1.2, Rw/E1.3, Ww/E1.2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1

Phonics worksheets. Students to practise long and short vowels and link pictures with the correct word.

Note: Sept 2011 – picture added and curriculum mapping improved.

Hilton Leeds Garforth

Submitted by Moira Garland on Wed, 2005-06-08 14:02

Literacy: Rt/L1.1

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension

Level: L1

Read a web page (included in the resource) about the Hilton and answer 7 multiple choice (level 1 exam-style) questions covering comprehension, spelling and grammar. With teaching ideas and answer sheet.

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