Functional Skills English

I have had feedback from people using the Big Brother PDF discussion worksheet (see link below – under see also) but without any pictures! The fun part of the session (and for it to really work) is to show the students the people they have chosen: this generates plenty of discussion about prejudice and stereotyping. So, here are the 20 pictures to match to each description given in the earlier resource. (You should feel free to edit and adapt according to the demographics / prejudices / preconceptions of own students).

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Art Film Media Music Radio TV

Video task and reading comprehension based on the style of Entry ESOL reading exams. Taken from BBC Newsround website.

Editor’s note
Questions suitable for mixed ability classes from E2-L1 and make good discussion prompts for further work.

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A resource suitable for GCSE or Functional Skills English (L2) that uses an image of an old lady as the basis of a series of activities for students to learn/embed the following:

  • To understand how to quickly plan a piece of writing,
  • To consider genre, audience, purpose, tone and use language devices
  • To improve the impact of the writing.
  • Use A FOREST to remember language features.

The power point presentation (18 screens) includes:

Level
GCSE L1-5
Level 2
English
GCSE A5
Functional Skills English

This is a selection of literacy tasks, based on the Poppy Appeal 2016 and John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, covering aspects of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Editor’s note: covers all aspects of L1-2 Functional English – also suitable for GCSE.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Functional Skills English
Context
Voluntary & Charity
History, culture, museums, libraries
Employment skills & Public services

A huge and extremely comprehensive pack of resources. Written for ESOL learners but many parts are also suitable for Functional English and/or Job Skills groups. Includes:

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism
Employment skills & Public services

Using a diary and a timeline to consolidate the use of past and future tense.
Answering and forming questions. What did she do yesterday? She went…
What is she going to do tomorrow? She’s going to ….
Good for practising the day before / after.
Includes answer sheet, other suggested activities and a ‘make your own’ blank diary.
Editor’s note
Page 1 of the resource should be printed in colour if at all possible (or display on a large screen) as colour is cleverly used to distinguish between past, present and future.

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Independent living

A text based around Ramadan to practise E3 -L1 English reading in detail / skimming & scanning for information.
There is also a related form filling exercise (E2-E3), dictionary work, and a discussion prompt (all levels)

The letter-writing task focuses on charity, so it could also tie in to employability qualifications if you are teaching community project modules or similar.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping

Level
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
Form filling
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Voluntary & Charity

This integrated set of worksheet tasks develops speaking, listening & communication; reading and writing skills in relation to a topic of individual interest to the learner and also encourages independent research and planning.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional Skills English
Context
Art Film Media Music Radio TV

Updated June 2017
New Entry 3 reading and writing tasks added. Available below as a separate PDF file. You will also need to download the L1-2 version as it uses the same text.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Leisure, Hobbies, Travel & Tourism

The Core Curriculum and Functions Skills Progression Overview side-by-side.
Editor’s note
The print quality of this resource may be low as it is a cut, pasted and scanned (very useful) document. It is not available, even to contributors, as a Word document.
Richard has also posted a link to an interactive version of this document.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
Functional Skills English
General
Staff development