News, Politics & Government items

This is a topical lesson, looking at the Japanese tsunami disaster and its coverage in the media.

It introduces students to identifying facts and opinions. It also allows students to discuss their own views (appropriately) about this disaster. Students are also given the opportunity to write their own newspaper article based around the facts of the events.

Level
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L1.1
Functional English - reading
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A comprehension exercise in response to the earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan. To be used along with research tasks or discussion.

Introduce the lesson with a discussion about the events surrounding the earthquake and some BBC footage.

The students need to be given the information without the questions to encourage them to read fully – this is not a scanning exercise. Then, when they have finished reading they can answer the questions, either in short on the sheet or in full on separate paper – differentiate accordingly.

Level
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/L2.1
Rw/L1.3
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Functional English - reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items

One handout with the main rules of using speech marks and one worksheet for learners to practise applying these rules.

I used these with a strong L1 literacy group who had little prior knowledge of the rules for speech marks. They generally did well with re-writing some unpunctuated sentences I gave them but got a bit confused with the attached exercise on Prince William and Kate Middleton (they used speech marks inside the speech bubbles). This may need to be demonstrated in front of the group first. However, it did produce some very funny writing.

Level
L2
L1
English
Ws/L2.4
Ws/L1.3
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A Level 1/2 PPT quiz on commas. Some slides are based on persuasive-type texts so can also be used for purpose of text extension work, others are based on recent news items.

The game is multiple choice and based on colours. I use coloured hoops (as in hoola hoops) and bean bags. It can be team based or individual. Each player throws a beanbag into the hoop that corresponds with their chosen answer.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/L2.4
Ws/L1.3
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A fabulous, very clear lesson plan ideal for money-management / personal finance classes. The mathematical focus is on percentages (VAT) but it also covers rounding and extracting data and can be used in mixed ability classes from E2 -L2.
The plan also includes links to online Budget videos, a ‘chop or not’ game, VAT calculators and more!
Also suitable for underpinning L1 Functional Maths, and linked to Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC).

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
Maths
N2/E3.2
N2/L1.10
N2/L1.8
N2/L1.9
N2/L2.8
N1/E2.6
N1/E3.7
N1/L1.8
Context
Business & Money management
News, Politics & Government items

A series of reading and writing tasks based on an information text about the three main political parties in the UK. Written to help a group of Entry 3 learners prepare for their Entry 3 literacy tests but also suitable for (and fully mapped to) E3 Functional English.

Level
E3
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Originally used pre-2010-election in a mixed ability (E1-L2) group but also makes an excellent Functional English resource at any time.
Detailed 2.5 hour lesson plan includes discussion, mini-presentations, web research and paired writing. Includes internet research guidance sheets, scaffolded gap-fill sheet to help with the web research task and a sample MP information sheet. Ideal for (and fully mapped to) E3-L2 Functional English.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional Skills English
General literacy / English
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Stop FE/HE Education Cuts is a set of 6 photographs (taken in Hackney, March 2010). Each accompanied by questions to get learners thinking about the effects of proposed education cuts (spring 2010). Designed to accompany any of the 4 related resources on this topic (see below) and ideal for prompting discussion about the importance of education for all.
Contributed by Rebecca Galbraith, Rose Veitch and Rachel Emmett.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Education

Written for a GCSE English class but is equally suitable for Level 2 Literacy. Various tasks based on a transcript of a speech about education cuts (in 2010).
Please also download the related PowerPoint (see below).
Contributed by Rebecca Galbraith, Rose Veitch and Rachel Emmett.

Level
L2
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Education
News, Politics & Government items

A super, and very topical (Spring 2010), practice Level 2 Literacy test based on a student union magazine article about education cuts.
12 multiple choice questions cover spelling, comprehension, grammar, tone, punctuation, etc. These are followed by 5 non-multiple choice questions which include a writing task, persuasive writing techniques, and summarising.
Please also download the related PowerPoint (see below).
Contributed by Rachel Emmett and Rose Veitch

Level
L2
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
General literacy / English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Education