A huge collection of links to texts and videos that can be used to support English learning in Further Education (Functional English and/or GCSE.) Neatly categorised by vocational area (I counted at least 20 areas!). You are invited to add what you can. Compiled and created by Hollie Barnes and at least 10 contributors.
Use your English, mathematics, and problem-solving skills to navigate one of the first missions from Earth to Mars. You will need to lead your crew through the vastness of space and overcome any problems which you encounter along the way. Be prepared to make tough decisions and lead from the front.
These 10 minute tests are very good (one test at each level, each test has 15 multiple choice questions).
Slightly disappointed that, unlike the maths ones, there is no guidance / explanations when you check your answers.
However, I do like the:
good curriculum coverage (grammar, purpose, organisational features, language features, vocabulary, punctuation, finding information, tense and more
Wonderful interactive game where learners have to put 10 jumbled up sentences back together again.
The theme is "expressing opinions" (either in writing or in SLC) and is aimed at L1-2 Functional English /ESOL. Also very useful as general practice with sentence structure, using punctuation to aid understanding, etc.
This is a site that produces word wheels (the ones you have to cut out and stick with a brass paper fastener). There are loads of pre-set ones that you can just download and print out, or you can make your own relatively easily. This site requires Flash, but is very slick!
This is a really useful video for L2 Reading for Pearson Functional Skills as it shows the ‘banker’ questions and guides learners (and tutors) to where the marks are. This can be used in class or for homework/self study.
A Functional Skills English project, hosted on Padlet. Students are challenged to host an industry award evening. They must source, decide upon and hire the venue; invite the guests as well as write a speech and report on the events of an incident-packed evening.
A project-based reources hosted on Padlet. Aimed at constructions learners, it challenges them to host an awards night. They must source, choose and hire a suitable venue as well as write a speech and report on the evening’s most notable events.
Writing skills covered: formal letter writing; report writing; speech and article writing & invitation writing.
Padlet allows access to the resources either directly on the site or downloaded for printing as paper-based task sheets.