Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Literacy Starter - Parts of Speech - Verbs

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-10-06 16:53

Literacy: Apply grammar, Apply strategies to spell correctly

ESOL: ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Painting Decorating & DIY

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

A two sided A4 sheet that builds on the identification of verbs and the spelling rules for past tense verbs. This is followed by a simple knowledge check.

It is designed to be used as a whole group lesson starter. It is differentiated in the sense that more able learners will be expected to complete the more complex tasks.

Editor’s note
The vocabulary in the example sentences is aimed at Painting & Decorating students, but the resource is suitable for all.

Planning an effective CV

Submitted by Laura Jeffrey Kiiza on Mon, 2016-09-26 11:43

Literacy: Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.2, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.2, Functional English - writing

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Informative presentation, Sort or match cards

A couple of resources for planning a CV.

Firstly, I would check learners understand the term ‘Employability’ and, using the letters in the the word, ask learners to come up with ideas for the personal skills and qualities needed to get a job. For example – E – enthusiastic, energetic, M – motivated, multi-talented …etc. I would then move on to the PPT.

The Power Point is fairly straight forward. Work through this but stop to do the card activity (after slide 5). Laminate and cut up the card activity.

Personal Data Dominoes

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2016-09-18 19:24

Literacy: Form filling, Functional English - reading, Rw/E1.1, Rw/E2.1, Rw/E3.2

Pre-entry: Rw/M7.2, Rw/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Rw/E2.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.2a

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Ice breaker, Sort or match cards, Warm-up

Level: M7, M8, E1, E2, E3

Three sets of dominoes to use in warm-up and for letter and word recognition activities. The first set, for pre-Entry ESOL and Literacy learners with very low levels of letter and word recognition, matches lower case to capital letter versions, the second set is a set of “doubles”, which can be used alongside the first. The third set, for pre-Entry / Entry 1 ESOL learners, matches a category to an example. Each set has 17 dominoes, so 4 each for a group of 4 learners, plus one to start.

Things for class wordsearch

Submitted by Jay Hall on Sun, 2016-09-18 14:20

Literacy: Rw/E1.1

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.1, Rw/M8.3

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

Context: Education

Resource type: Wordsearch

Level: M8, E1

An easy word search (downwards and across only – no diagonals of backward-spelt words). Ideal for consolidating a vocabulary lesson on things to bring to class. A first lesson warmer / homework / filler.

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: ESOL Listening, ESOL Speaking, ESOL Reading

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Teaching idea

Passage to IndiaPassage to IndiaThese lesson activities are based on scenes from David Lean’s 1984 film, A Passage to India. Topics relating to culture, integration, separation, race, ethnicity, identity and humanity can easily be raised and discussed via the materials and the film scenes. There are many ways of using this original material and the suggestions are just activities that have worked with L2 and [even] L1 students.

Olympic Rio opening ceremony - Functional English

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2016-08-16 16:39

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: Functional Maths - number

Free tags: Olympics

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Writing prompts

A short cloze exercise on the Olympic Opening Ceremony based on numbers (E2-L1), plus a writing activity at 2 levels (E2-3 and L1-L2).

Editor’s note
The cloze is also a clever way of embedding some maths (large numbers).

Conversation Skills for Hair & Beauty students

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Wed, 2016-07-27 12:11

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication

Context: Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Interactive presentation

Aimed at Hairdressing students working towards Functional English at E3 and L1, this helps with the S&L section in a vocational context.

Dogs saving penguins

Submitted by Marion Martin on Fri, 2016-07-08 13:20

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Rt/E3.1

Free tags: Australia

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Crossword, Reading comprehension, Wordsearch

A reading based on a news item. Includes comprehension questions, wordsearch puzzle, crossword, putting words in order to make sentences.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E2-E3 but some parts are suitable for E1 (with support). With Functional Skills mapping.

Literacy: Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Assessment material, Investigation or project, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts

I have created this lesson to try and cover the main criteria laid out by C&G for the Speaking and Listening English Functional Skills, Level 2 internally set assessment (activity 2 – presentation).

I trialled it with my learners as a ‘practise’ presentation before their final assessment.

Ice Falling from Planes

Submitted by Marion Martin on Sun, 2016-07-03 17:02

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension)

General: Autistic spectrum support, Dyslexia support

Free tags: accidents, aeroplanes, ice, news

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

A simplified version of a newspaper article. The reading is followed by comprehension questions, a meaning match, a word find, and a scanning for correct spelling exercise. Developed for an adult student with Asperger’s, as well as dyslexia, who needs lots of motivation and exercises easy enough for him to be able to be successful without too much help.

Adapted from a Level 1 resource What happens to Ice Falling from planes
from Dave Norgate (2010).

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