Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

Phonics & vocabulary

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Level
E3
E2
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Rw/E3.5
Functional English reading
Homophones, homographs & confusables
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Rw/E3.5a
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

A Level 1 reading task based on a BBC news article about problems with London’s Victorian sewers.
It focuses on text types, reading for gist and detail, vocab building and personal responses.

Editor’s note
With Functional Skills mapping.

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

A set of exercises based on an article from the BBC News website.
The article concerns a survey conducted by iPhone. There is a comprehension exercise, an exercise involving the identification of spelling errors and a synonym exercise. The learner is also asked to write their views. Useful for those working towards the Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy.

Level
L2
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Ww/L2.1
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A set of exercises based on an article from the BBC News website.
This may interest learners who are keen on computer technology.
There is a comprehension exercise, exercises involving the identification of punctuation and spelling errors, and a vocabulary exercise.
Useful for those working towards Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy.

Level
L2
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Ww/L2.1
Rs/L2.2
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

An article based on an on-line BBC News story. There are comprehension questions, along with vocabulary and spelling tasks. The final task is short writing exercise based on the text.

Level
L1
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Ww/L1.1
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A reading activity based on a topical news story that is bound to prompt class discussion! Includes comprehension and vocabulary questions.

Level
L1
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Context
Sport

A comprehension activity based on a BBC 2009 news report. Comprehension, vocabulary questions and a writing task.

Level
L1
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

A comprehension activity based on a BBC 2008 news report. Comprehension, vocabulary questions and a writing task.

Level
L1
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Writing: text focus (composition)

A comprehension activity based on a BBC 2009 news report. Comprehension, vocabulary questions and a writing task.

Level
L1
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

Based on a 2009 BBC News article. Exercises include comprehension questions, anagrams, vocabulary exercises and a short writing task.

Level
L1
English
Rt/L1.1
Rt/L1.3
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Writing: text focus (composition)