Rs/L1.1

Use implicit and explicit grammatical knowledge (e.g. of different sentence forms, types of word, verb tense, word order), along with own knowledge and experience, to predict meaning, try out plausible meanings, and to read and check for sense
(a) Understand that knowledge of sentence patterns and word order can help to predict unknown words and get meaning from text
(b) Understand that some sentence structures and types of word will occur more often in some types of text than others
(c) Understand that grammatical and semantic clues can be used alongside whole-text and word-level clues, to make sense of individual words and complete sentences
(d) Understand the terms tense, negative, adverb, pronoun, phrase

Brief descriptions of the main parts of a sentence to help understand the vocabulary of grammar.

Editor’s note
A very useful handout for students at several levels.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Ws/L2.3
Ws/L1.2
Ws/E3.3
Ws/E3.2
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2

Predicting words from context in a text about youth clubs. It then opens up discussion for how they might help reduce youth crime.

Editor’s note: cloze exercise with opportunities for writing / commenting. With answer sheet.

Level
L1
E3
English
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2

Cards to help students recognise what nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.
They can then play the bingo game or use highlighter pens to identify the different parts of speech in a text.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Rs/L2.1
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2
Rs/E3.1

A worksheet that lists all of the most common word types and has space for the learners to enter their own description and their own examples.

To be completed over a number of weeks as each word type is covered and understood. The completed sheets can then be used as a revision tool / personal glossary.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Rs/L2.1
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2

A clever grammar/vocabulary/spelling task that combines a cloze exercise with homophone practice. The text is about the Victorian era and is particularly suitable for students with an interest in history.

Level
L1
E3
English
Ww/L1.1
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Context
History

A simple exercise where students separate the words from the Wordle into nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs.

Level
L1
E3
English
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2
Rs/E3.1
General literacy / English

Nice selection of winter activities written for an E3-L2 Functional Skills group (best for E3-L1).
The main activities are a reading comprehension (about the history of poinsettias and how they came to be popular at Christmas time) and a cloze exercise based on an old Mexican religious legend. There are also some maths questions.

Level
E3
L1
English
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.4
Rt/E3.1
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2
Context
History
Gardening & Horticulture

Detailed instructions on how to play this very funny and effective game. The literacy curriculum introduces adverbs at Level 1 but this game will be enjoyed at al levels and can be used to demonstrate verbs only at lower levels.

Level
L1
English
Rs/L1.1

This activity is in two parts.Firstly, learners should use the cards to match the words to their meanings. Next they should use the fill in worksheet to give an example for each one. Full instructions included.In addition to parts of speech it also includes synonym and homophone terms.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L1.2
Rs/L2.1
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2
Rs/E2.2

A card based activity to assess students’ knowledge of ‘parts of speech’. Very useful as a prompt for discussion and as a launching point for work on sentence structure.

Level
E3
L1
English
Rs/E3.2
Rs/L1.1