Study Skills and General Teaching

Resources aimed to develop study skills across many disciplines.

Tips and four tasks designed to help Level 2 Functional English learners think about how they can identify BIAS in texts.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Functional English - reading
General
Study Skills and General Teaching

This study considers the emerging issue of consciousness in pedagogy both theoretically and practically. It examines why this issue is of fundamental significance for teaching and learning. Basic assumptions are clarified and the psychological and philosophical fundamentals of consciousness theory explored.

Level
L2
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

The need for deliberate teaching of phonemic awareness, and a means of doing this.
A research paper followed by a useful step by step method.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
AL Apply strategies to spell correctly
Decode
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

A demonstration of how not to make a PowerPoint. This has been used for all levels as an extreme example of the worst PowerPoint ever.

Level
L2
L1
E3
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
General ICT resources
General
Study Skills and General Teaching

A very useful one page reference of the E3 Functional Maths coverage and range statements with additional amplification. Extra pages list and explain the all-important process skills (skill standards).
Modelled after our similar document for L1-L2 Functional Maths (see below) this resource is particularly useful for teachers that are new to embedding Maths and want a more detailed framework and and guidance with underpinning skills.

Level
E3
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching

This is a fun, short warm up activity to energise learners at the start of the lesson. It asks students to make a decision on a question and either stand up or sit down depending on their views.

I use it with my Foundation learners, as I teach them maths at 9am in the morning and sometimes they need a short activity to engage them!

Two different versions are included. Some of the questions are not for the faint-hearted but all can be easily edited to suit your own learners.

Level
L1
E3
E2
E1
General
Study Skills and General Teaching

A really useful handout with an example text that clearly demonstrates how readers can use both context and knowledge of word roots / prefixes / etc to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary without using a dictionary or glossary. The sample technical text is about gliding.

Level
L2
English
Rw/L2.1
General
Study Skills and General Teaching
Context
Sport

Internet Searching is a gentle introduction for those new to the internet (suitable for all levels from E2 upwards) based on the BBC home page.

Level
E2
E3
L1
ICT
Finding and selecting information
General ICT resources
General
Study Skills and General Teaching
Context
Business & Money management

Questioning for understanding is a really useful help sheet that encourages learners to ask relevant questions (any topic, any level). Based on Kipling’s “What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who” with teaching ideas and useful links.

For a related resource using the same idea to investigate and write newspaper reports please see Ellie Walsh’s Looking at Newspapers (below).

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Poetry
AL SLc/E1.3
SLc/E2.2
SLc/E3.4
SLc/L1.2
SLc/L2.2
General
Study Skills and General Teaching
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Summarises some of key points and is aimed at those who are switching from teaching Skills for Life adult numeracy to Functional Maths (FM).
The importance of the process skills is discussed (and how these should be considered when using any L1 or L2 skillsworkshop numeracy resource for teaching FM – particularly those of an investigative or problem-solving nature).
Also includes handy one page overviews of all the L1 and L2 FM pilot standards (performance skills, and coverage and range statements).

Level
L2
L1
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching