News, Politics & Government items

A fabulous set of scaffolded reading/writing tasks – written for E2-E3 ESOL but absolutely ideal for Entry 2-3 (and higher) Functional English. The reading is based on three different topical texts on this emotive subject (spring 2010).
The writing involves writing a letter to your MP – a frame is provided for E2 writers. Get your college/students involved in this now!
With full details of relevant Functional English criteria.
Please also download the related PowerPoint (see below).

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Education

A super, and very topical (Spring 2010), practice Level 1 Literacy test based on a letter of protest written to the Prime Minister. 12 multiple choice questions cover spelling, comprehension, grammar, punctuation, paragraphing and purpose of text.
Please also download the related PowerPoint (see below).

Level
L1
English
Reading
Context
Education
News, Politics & Government items

A comprehension activity based on a BBC 2009 news report. Comprehension questions, anagram and spelling games.

Level
L2
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Health, Social care, Early years
News, Politics & Government items

A comprehension activity based on a BBC 2009 news report about two police officers who were told they had acted illegally after looking after each others children. Three vocabulary / synonym exercises and a short writing task.

Level
L1
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Looking at Newspapers is a wonderful example of creative differentiated teaching across all levels (E1-L2). A detailed lesson description, resources and introductory PPT are included. The lesson uses Kipling’s “What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who” to help students analyse newspaper reports and interview other students, or their teacher, to create their own reports.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Poetry
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A challenging set of tasks (and points for discussion) based on two opposing articles from a Sunday paper. Designed to assess whether students are working at level 2 standards and can follow an argument, recognise bias, distinguish between fact and opinion, etc.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.5
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Topical practice with reading and writing large numbers (up to billions) and ideal for start-of-term place value classes. Topics inc, Bruce Forsyth’s salary, the possible Cadburys takeover and Heathrow Airport statistics. Includes a useful place value chart.
A second updated sheet was added in April 2011 – also available below

Level
L2
L1
Maths
N1/L2.1
N1/L1.1
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A topical Entry 3 BBC news text (which has an accompanying video) with comprehension questions and dictionary work.

Level
E3
English
Rw/E3.3
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A comprehension activity based on a BBC news report (Oct 08) about a computer game. 15 questions (ideal for teenagers) covering general comprehension and vocabulary.

Level
L1
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A comprehension activity based on a BBC news report (Oct 08). 12 questions covering general comprehension and vocabulary.

Level
L1
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Context
News, Politics & Government items