Engage in Discussion

A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Use reading strategies
Rw/L1.2
Identify main points and detail
Plan, compose and draft
Follow and understand
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Business & Money management

This is a reading comprehension and dictionary exercise based on the life of Fidel Castro. I have provided the reading text first and then the vocabulary work. However, with some groups it may be better to work on the vocabulary before tackling the text.
Editor’s note
Also includes a useful research/summarising/timeline activity and points for writing or discussion. Includes curriculum mapping but no answer sheet.

Level
L2
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History

A quick paper based quiz on the EU adapted from the on-screen version on the uk.gov site at: www.eureferendum.gov.uk
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It isn’t directly about the referendum but might be useful to spark debates. Multiple choice, questions such as ‘how many countries are in the EU’ etc…..

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Rw/E3.5
Rw/E2.4
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Level 2 reading comprehension and writing activities based on three different texts (article, blog and cartoon).

  • Pack 1 – reading comprehension, Text B (blog post) and a discussion idea.
  • Pack 2 – reading comprehension, Text C (news article) and a writing idea. You need Text A (available separately – see below)

Note that Text A (which is carton based) can also be cut up and used as a sequencing activity for lower levels – not as easy as it looks!

Level
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional Skills English
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

I have been covering how to make an appointment with the GP and taking part in a role play with the GP with my ESOL group, so I have prepared these materials.

My courses are not accredited, so I don’t know how this fits into the ESOL SFL criteria and my classes are, inevitably, a mix of Pre-Entry and E1 learners. Hope it might be useful.

Level
E2
E1
English
Engage in Discussion
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Engage in discussion
Context
Independent living
Health, Social care, Early years

Rugby themed task on reading (use of quotations and dialogue, facts versus opinions), researching and writing a short article. Topic links to ICT, suitable for use during e.g. Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Tournament or with any group keen on sport![img_assist|nid=5708|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=71]

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Use reference sources
Use knowledge of punctuation and capitalisation
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Apply punctuation and capitalisation
General literacy / English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Entry 3 ICT
Finding and selecting information
General ICT resources
Using ICT
Context
Sport
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A list of passport prices (converted into £ January 2012) and a set of associated questions.
Useful in Functional English as a discussion or research prompt, especially just before the summer holiday season.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Writing, discussion and research prompts particularly useful for sport students at all levels. Inspired by Carrie Bray’s “Giving beauty/hair advice” resource (see below).

You could cut out scenarios and use them to start a discussion, which could lead into individual or paired research and written responses. I’ve also used them to prompt email and letter writing with templates / frames for lower level learners.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Speaking & Listening
Context
Sport
Health, Social care, Early years

This task was originally used for Functional Skills although it can be applied just as effectively to literacy sessions. The task aims to encourage learners to work in small groups to discuss what each phrase really means and therefore explore the different interpretations that other people have of them. Also makes a good ice breaker. Includes proverb cards, answer sheet and worksheet.

Level
L1
E3
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating

Comprehension questions, writing and discussion based on car adverts. This resource is suitable for motor vehicle students, or a more general audience.

Learners can discuss the important features of a car advert and the advice they would give their tutor. They can then practice writing their own car adverts (not full sentences). They can also write down the advice they would give their tutor, using full sentences and paying attention to spelling and punctuation.

Ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry 2-3 Functional Skills English.

Level
E2
E3
English
Engage in Discussion
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional Skills English
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport