Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Ramadan Functional English tasks

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Thu, 2016-06-09 20:35

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Form filling

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3, L1

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

A text based around Ramadan to practise E3 -L1 English reading in detail / skimming & scanning for information.
There is also a related form filling exercise (E2-E3), dictionary work, and a discussion prompt (all levels)

The letter-writing task focuses on charity, so it could also tie in to employability qualifications if you are teaching community project modules or similar.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping

Muhammad Ali reading comprehension

Submitted by Joanne Collins on Wed, 2016-06-08 21:09

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.3

Context: Sport

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A Level 1 reading comprehension based on the late Muhammad Ali adapted from Biography.com.
Covers skimming and scanning, writing full sentences and searching for facts.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping and answers

The importance of applying sunscreen

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Wed, 2016-06-08 13:16

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

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A reading comprehension based on two texts about the importance of applying sunscreen and a very brief outline of research (2011) into the increased risk of skin cancer for some people working in the construction industry.

Editor’s note
With answer sheet, Functional English mapping, and a related writing activity. Suitable for L1-2.

Learning to Drive - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Wed, 2016-06-01 20:19

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: L1, L2

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


A set of three different texts and reading comprehension activities based on the theme of learning to drive, aimed at Level 1 learners who may be working towards Level 2. Plus two related writing activities.
Editor’s note
Includes full curriculum mapping and answers.

Council services

Submitted by Liz Santry on Tue, 2016-05-17 18:16

Literacy: Rw/E1.1

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

Context: Independent living, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1

A straightforward word matching/writing resource for Entry 1 ESOL.

Editor’s note
Also ideal for prompting discussion about local council services.

Littergram renamed? L1-2 Functional English pack

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Sun, 2016-05-15 15:09

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Discussion points, Hands-on / practical activity, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

This is a literacy resource based around a recent news story. There are a range of tasks relating to an anti-litter app called ‘littergram’ and legal challenges made to the use of its name, with the potential to extend tasks into other aspects of littering and how the litter problem might be resolved. A final extension task asks students to take their own photographs of local examples of litter as supporting evidence for a writing activity.

Classroom objects - reading bingo game

Submitted by Jacqui Garrett on Fri, 2016-05-13 18:19

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.3

Literacy: Rw/E1.1, Rw/E1.2

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism

Level: M8, E1

A game of bingo to practise reading (not listening to) the names of classroom objects. There are 16 different bingo cards and a page of word cards to be held up by the teacher. (Alternatively the teacher could write the words (one at a time) on the class whiteboard.
For a different take on this game (where names are called out) see Classroom Objects & Numbers bingo game written by Jacqui’s colleague Sian Evans (scroll down to “See also”).
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Phrase & metaphor follow me - domino loop cards

Submitted by Nigel Henry on Tue, 2016-05-10 16:21

Literacy: Follow and understand, Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Game, Sort or match cards

An E3- L2 Set of ‘follow-me’ cards that can be used by a group of learners or as a domino card match ‘loop’ for an individual learner. Serves as a supplementary / plenary resource to identifying and defining common phrases/sayings.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A5, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6

Resource type: Handout or guide, Informative presentation

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

This is new from Sept 2015 for L2 reading.
It is a list of writing techniques – the name of the technique, a description and an example.

Editor’s note (updated 7/5/2017)
Also ideal for GCSE English revision.
Covers 14 techniques: similes, hyperbole, alliteration, rhetorical questions, superlatives, personification, analogy, colloquialisms, cliches, onomatopoeia, oxymorons, imperatives, metaphors and emotive language.

Apostrophes and commas

Submitted by Julie Hobson on Mon, 2016-05-09 15:05

Literacy: Ws/E3.4, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: E3, L1, L2

A powerpoint presentation showing incorrect use of the apostrophe and comma. Useful for discussions to show the correct use and for learners to say why the apostrophe is wrong. Has ‘its’ and ‘it’s’ and omissive and possessive apostrophes.

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