Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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New Job - Functional Skills

Submitted by Hannah Yates on Fri, 2017-06-02 13:52

Numeracy: Functional Maths, N2/L1.9, N2/L2.8, MSS1/L1.2, MSS1/L1.1, MSS1/L1.3, MSS1/L2.2, N2/L1.5

Literacy: Functional English - writing

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A differentiated resource to recap many number & measure skills and to help learners with the skills needed when looking for or applying for a job.

How to not pass your driving test

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2017-05-30 09:42

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A short, contextual news article with associated comprehension and two writing tasks (a Facebook message and a formal letter).

Editor’s note
With answers and detailed curriculum mapping.

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E3.2d, ESOL Rt/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E3.4e, ESOL Sd/E3.1d, ESOL Ws/E3.1a

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Ice breaker, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3


4 Oct 2017. Updated information on source material added

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work. Based on materials at: http://esol.britishcouncil.org/content/learners/uk-life/be-safe-uk/what-…

The starter is a true / false questionnaire, to elicit prior knowledge and to prompt discussion on age limits, and how the UK consists of four countries with differing laws.

Making and dealing with complaints

Submitted by Hawa Lunat on Sun, 2017-05-07 16:13

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

ESOL: ESOL Speak to communicate, ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Lr/E2.2a, ESOL Lr/E3.2b, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E2.3d, ESOL Sc/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E3.4d

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3

This resource has a range of activities to help students learn useful expressions/ language to make a complaint.
It is useful in building confidence in making complaints in person and on the telephone.

Editor’s note
Includes sample dialogue with questions (can also be used as a reading comprehension), matching cards, sammple scenarios, curriculum mapping and teaching notes.

Sunny Estate Agents - Persuasive Writing Task

Submitted by Narinder Kallay on Sun, 2017-05-07 09:08

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A5, Functional English - writing

Free tags: AFOREST

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Sort or match cards, Writing prompts

This resource is a writing task which asks the learners to use relevant literary devices (languages features) to compose a ‘For Sale’ ad for a house.

Prior to commencing the task, the learners are made aware of the following devices using a card match activity:

  • Flattery
  • Opinion
  • Hyperbole
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Imperative Command
  • Triples
  • Emotive Language
  • Statistics and Figures
  • Rhetorical Questions
  • Repetition

General Election 2017 Reading and Video task

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Sat, 2017-05-06 16:24

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1

Video task and reading comprehension based on the style of Entry ESOL reading exams. Taken from BBC Newsround website.

Editor’s note
Questions suitable for mixed ability classes from E2-L1 and make good discussion prompts for further work.

Writing for impact GCSE 9-1

Submitted by Suz Groves on Fri, 2017-03-31 17:22

Literacy: Functional Skills English, GCSE A5

Free tags: AFOREST

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Informative presentation, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A resource suitable for GCSE or Functional Skills English (L2) that uses an image of an old lady as the basis of a series of activities for students to learn/embed the following:

  • To understand how to quickly plan a piece of writing,
  • To consider genre, audience, purpose, tone and use language devices
  • To improve the impact of the writing.

Red Nose Day 2017 Functional English reading

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Fri, 2017-03-31 09:51

Literacy: Functional English - reading

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A reading comprehension based on information taken from the Red Nose Day website.
Created for a group of mixed ability E2-L1 students.

Personal Information for E1 ESOL

Submitted by Rebecca Gordon on Thu, 2017-03-09 11:11

Literacy: Syllables

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E1.2a, ESOL Rw/E1.3a, ESOL Rw/E1.3b, ESOL Ww/E1.1b, ESOL Ww/E1.2a

Level: M8, E1

Resource type: Cut and stick, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

This resource will help learners recognise words related to personal information. Learners will read, match, fill in the gaps and identify the number of syllables.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Health and safety, Painting Decorating & DIY

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

A work book style resource to support the development of Functional Skills English for Construction students (also specific activities for Painting & Decorating and Plastering students).
Editor’s note
Includes reading comprehension, planning leaflets, summarising key points, and report writing. With curriculum mapping (and very useful writing frames for lower level students).

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