Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Phrase & metaphor follow me - domino loop cards

Submitted by Nigel Henry on Tue, 2016-05-10 17:21

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 16:05

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.

Food collocations

Submitted by Sian Evans on Sun, 2016-05-08 20:30

Literacy: Rw/E1.1

Pre-entry: Reading

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

Free tags: collocations, food

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

Worksheet designed to revise / practise collocations of food.

Nouns, Verbs and Adjectives PPT and activity

Submitted by Rachel Farrow on Sun, 2016-05-08 20:01

Literacy: Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

Resource type: Game, Hands-on / practical activity, Interactive presentation, Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

An interactive presentation to explain the meaning of nouns, verbs and adjectives and an accompanying hands-on activity to sort words into nouns, verbs and adjectives. This is good to use early in a course as it is fun and gets learners working in groups,

The Leicester City Story

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-05-05 10:22

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Engage in Discussion

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level 2 reading comprehension and writing activities based on three different texts (article, blog and cartoon).

  • Pack 1 – reading comprehension, Text B (blog post) and a discussion idea.
  • Pack 2 – reading comprehension, Text C (news article) and a writing idea. You need Text A (available separately – see below)

Note that Text A (which is carton based) can also be cut up and used as a sequencing activity for lower levels – not as easy as it looks!

Cadbury Easter Eggs

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2016-03-22 00:13

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition)

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Free tags: Easter

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A reading comprehension and writing activity based on a Cadbury’s Easter Brand Fact Sheet. Ideal for Level 1 Functional English.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped with answer sheet and S&L idea.

ESOL Literacy - phonics "ee"

Submitted by Orsolya Dunn on Thu, 2016-03-10 22:48

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

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

Level: E1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Phonics worksheet focusing on the /i:/ sound (with an “ee” spelling) using high frequency words for low level ESOL literacy learners.

Editor’s note
Includes ‘read & spelling, spelling (in various stages) and matching words written in uppercase and lowercase.

Mothering Sunday

Submitted by Mary McMellon on Thu, 2016-03-10 12:36

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

Free tags: Mothers Day

Context: History

Level: L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

This is a reading from a BBC site with questions based on the Edexcel L1 Functional Skills reading paper and a writing task. The topic is ‘Mothering Sunday’. It describes the history and gives information about traditional food.

Editor’s note
Very comprehensive. All aspects of L1 reading are covered – not just “reading for detail”.

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

Free tags: Quick Reads

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Scheme of work, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A mini-workscheme and accompanying worksheets for use with the Quick Reads book Ghost Dog by Brandon Robshaw.
Develops skills in reading, comprehension, word and text identification, discussion and writing.

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