Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Health related role play and conversation

Submitted by Adele Harris on Tue, 2016-03-08 23:58

Literacy: Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Listen and respond, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Independent living

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E1, E2

I have been covering how to make an appointment with the GP and taking part in a role play with the GP with my ESOL group, so I have prepared these materials.

My courses are not accredited, so I don’t know how this fits into the ESOL SFL criteria and my classes are, inevitably, a mix of Pre-Entry and E1 learners. Hope it might be useful.

Editors note
Ideal for E1-2 ESOL and also some adult literacy learners.

Asking where something is in a supermarket

Submitted by Sian Evans on Fri, 2016-03-04 00:00

Literacy: SLc/E1.3, SLc/E1.4, SLlr/E1.6

Pre-entry: SLlr/M8.1, SLlr/M8.2, SLc/M8.2, SLc/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E1.2b, ESOL Lr/E1.4b, ESOL Sc/E1.3a, ESOL Sc/E1.3b, ESOL Sc/E1.4a, ESOL Sc/E1.4b

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Independent living, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity

Level: M8, E1

A speaking and listening activity designed to practise asking where food items are in a supermarket. Also involves practise with the numbers 1 to 8.
The sheet is repeated five times – with food items in different positions (numbered supermarket aisles) on each sheet.

Linked to Cambridge Pre-entry ESOL Activities 7a Excuse me …

Trolls face prosecution - L1 Functional English

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Thu, 2016-03-03 21:48

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

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

Level: L1

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

A Level 1 Reading, Speaking and Listening and Writing resource pack based on topical issues around social media.

Editor’s notes
With answers and curriculum mapping. Ideal for all ages, but especially 16-19 year olds.
9/3/16: Minor edit, missing quotation mark in title fixed on page 1.

Picture - word match (food)

Submitted by Jacqui Garrett on Tue, 2016-03-01 19:42

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

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

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

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M8, E1

Write or match the correct word under each picture.
Milk, bread, oil, tea, eggs, potatoes, bananas, and biscuits.

Sentence Types in English Language

Submitted by Tony Merrett on Mon, 2016-02-29 11:22

Pre-entry: Sentence Focus

Literacy: Ws/E1.1, Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/L1.1, Ws/L2.1

ESOL: ESOL Ws/E1.1a, ESOL Ws/E2.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.1a, ESOL Ws/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/L2.1a

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: E3, L1, L2

This handout describes the basic sentence types as used in the English language. It can be used to introduce or reinforce the concepts.

Editor’s note
This also makes a useful handout / reminder for vocational teachers who are embedding Functional English.

Leap Year comprehension

Submitted by Laura Bell on Sat, 2016-02-27 16:12

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

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

Free tags: leap year

Resource type: Reading comprehension

Level: E3, L1, L2

A short topical reading comprehension at two levels (L1/L2) and Entry 3 on the 29th February. The higher level text requires learners to write a short paragraph in a specific context. Some embedded maths is included. I have also added a short fact sheet about when Leap Years occur, for when someone asks those technical questions!

Editor’s note
With detailed curriculum mapping and answer sheet.

The Worst Video Game in History?

Submitted by Jane Johnson on Tue, 2016-02-23 15:05

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

Context: Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Level: L1, L2

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

A resource pack to suit Functional Skills English at Levels 1 and 2, based on a BBC magazine article about the ET video game and the collapse of Atari. Reading tasks are supported by You-tube clips designed to prompt small group discussions. There is also a writing task.

Editor’s note
Includes curriculum mapping and answers.

Shocking sugar levels in High Street hot drinks

Submitted by Laura Bell on Thu, 2016-02-18 23:15

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing frame

Level: E3, L1, L2

Topical resource based on a news story. Reading comprehension at 2 levels (E3 and L1/L2) plus two writing extension activities with writing frames. Some embedded maths (including a chart in the L1/L2 exercise) and the opportunity to discuss healthy eating. The higher level comprehension aims to get learners to understand in depth what they are reading, rather than just answer the questions from the text.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday

Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1

Resource type: Assessment material, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.

Based on two recent articles about Pancake Day in recent editions of the Evening Standard.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Rt/E3.2, Rt/E3.5, Rt/E3.7, Rt/E3.8

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet. Can also of course be used for normal classwork , revision, homework or private study. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.

Based on an article on Pancake Day events in a recent edition of the Evening Standard. Includes restaurants, pancake races, charity events and competitions.

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