New Year

A reading comprehension based on the BBC news website with related writing activities, one at E3 (informal letter) and one at L1-L2 (email).

Editor’s note
There is also some maths thrown in for good measure! A great resource for the start of (spring) term.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Context
Voluntary & Charity
News, Politics & Government items

A reading comprehension based on the BBC website’s coverage of celebrations around the world.

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

An introductory PPT based task to find the value of the three words in ‘Happy New Year’, given certain values for each letter. This is followed up by a set of question cards on calculations with the letters of Happy New Year and an algebra worksheet with the same given values, using BODMAS.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
AN N1/L2.4
AN N1/L1.11
Mental maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

A simplified and adapted version of Carrie Bray’s 2011 New Year’s Eve Functional English practice test (which is aimed at E3). This version is aimed at E2 and includes: reading comprehension questions based on New Year superstitions, a cloze exercise, form filling, writing task, and speakign & listening actvities. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also and select New Year’s Eve E3 English tasks.

Level
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
General literacy / English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
History

A simplified and adapted version of Laura Bell’s New Year Resource (which is aimed at E3-L2).
This version is aimed at E2-E3 and is a reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. Great as an introductory topic to spring term sessions.

To find the original higher level resource scroll down to See also.

Level
E3
E2
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - reading
ESOL
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. The first part requires specific answers (i.e. Shanghai rather than China) to require learners to think about their answers rather than copy out general lumps of text. The second part asks higher level, more analytical questions.
I am using as an introductory topic to New Year sessions.

Editor’s note
A simplified E2 version of this resource is now available – scroll down to See also.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L1.3
Rt/E3.4
Functional English - reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items

20 literacy and numeracy questions to warm up the new term! All based on the words HAPPY NEW YEAR (can easily be adapted for other festivals such a Diwali, New Year’s Eve or Ramadan). Covers vowels, consonants, number, ratios, simple substitution, range, mode and more!
Ideal for mixed ability groups (E1-L2). Also provides very good practice in reading instructions carefully.
For higher level groups it could be completed in teams as a speed test.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths

Mingle activity to use straight after the Christmas holidays to review past simple.
Learners ask each other questions to try to find one name of another learner to fill in each square. First to finish shouts “bingo!”
Review as a group and check questions using past simple.
Give a prize to the winner.

Level
E2
E1
English
SLc/E2.2
AL SLc/E1.3
SLc/E1.2
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E2.3b
ESOL Sc/E2.3a
ESOL Sc/E2.2d
ESOL Sc/E2.2c
ESOL Lr/E2.2a

This is an activity on New Year. It was written for an E3 ESOL class but could be adapted for E2 fairly easily too. There is a reading comprehension, a group activity, writing practice and also an optional cut-up “top Ten” resolutions activity.

I haven’t done a lesson plan to go with the resources as I think they could be easily adapted and used in different ways.

Level
E3
L1
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.1
ESOL
ESOL Rt/L1.1a
ESOL Rt/E3.1a
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
History

A practice paper written for Entry 3 Adult Literacy C&G exams at E3 but suitable for, and fully mapped to, Functional English.

All activities are based on a New Year’s Eve theme. The main text and related comprehension questions are about New Year’s Eve superstitions. Other activities include form filling, alphabetical order, dictionary work, planning and writing, and group discussion.

Level
E3
English
Form filling
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism