Rt/L2.3

Identify the main points and specific detail
(a) Understand the difference between main points and specific detail as they occur in different types of text, e.g. a letter, a safety report, a rail timetable
(b) Understand the importance of knowing when it is sufficient to grasp the main points and when the details are also important
(c) Understand that knowledge of the organisation and layout of different texts can help distinguish main points from detail, e.g. headings, topic sentences

A rigorous and fully mapped reading assessment with mark sheet and detailed answers. This resource takes account of the changes demanded since Ofqual published its thematic review of Functional Skills in January 2015. Can also of course be used for normal classwork, revision, homework or private study. Ideal for Pancake day but could be used any time of year.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L2.1
Functional English reading
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
History
Catering Food Nutrition

Reading comprehension based on a BBC website report of New Year round the world. The first part requires specific answers (i.e. Shanghai rather than China) to require learners to think about their answers rather than copy out general lumps of text. The second part asks higher level, more analytical questions.
I am using as an introductory topic to New Year sessions.

Editor’s note
A simplified E2 version of this resource is now available – scroll down to See also.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L1.3
Rt/E3.4
Functional English reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Level 1 / Level 2 resource for literacy students exploring Chinese customs. This has proved to be a popular resource with my students. Includes: reading, dictionary work, comprehension and grammatical knowledge with a fun part where learners find their Chinese horoscope animal.

Level
L1
L2
English
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L1.2
Rw/L1.1
Rt/L2.7
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L1.5
Rt/L1.4
Rs/L2.1
Context
History

Two resources, one for L1 and one for L2. Both resources include the same 12 short paragraphs. Each paragraph has four points – but which one is the main point?

Designed to be a group activity or a matching exercise this was adapted from an online resource at http://www.softschools.com/ because I didn’t have computer access for my groups and wanted to encourage group discussion. The learner has to read each short paragraph and decide which of four statements describes the main point.

Level
L2
L1
English
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L1.3
Functional English reading

A set of exercises based around an article from the BBC News website during the adverse weather of 2010.
There are multiple choice comprehension questions, together with exercises on apostrophes, vocabulary and synonyms and anagrams. The learner is then asked to write his/her views.

Level
L2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rw/L2.3
Rt/L2.3
Rt/E2.1
Apostrophes
Context
Employment skills & Public services

A series of challenging reading questions and writing activities based on three texts about the fast food industry.
Makes an ideal revision activity for Level 2 Functional Skills English. Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Level
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.7
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
Functional English reading
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Beautiful set of L1-2 Reading comprehension exercises. Includes Medieval Christmas, Victorian Christmas, Post-War Christmas, etc. The main focus is reading for detail but there are also vocabulary and dictionary questions.

Based on a series of BBC British History web pages of the same name – but note that only nine “ages” are included in this resource! (There is no Georgian/Regency Christmas).

Level
L2
L1
English
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Context
History

Series of L2 tasks based on an article from the BBC News website written after England left the World Cup 2010 competition.
This is a complicated text. The exercises include a comprehension, identifying spelling mistakes and a vocabulary task. There is also a short writing task.

Level
L2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
AL Recognise and understand a range of words
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

A set of comprehension questions, together with vocabulary exercises, anagrams and a writing prompt.
Useful for those working towards Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy and anyone with an interest in word origins and English linguistics.
All based on an article from the BBC News website www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-10776581
See below for links to other Level 2 exercises.

Level
L2
English
Word origins
Rt/L1.1
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.4
Rw/L2.3
Wt/L2.2
Context
History

Primary education ‘too narrow’ is a comprehension activity based on a BBC 2009 news report. General comprehension questions and recognising the main points.

Level
L2
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Rt/L2.3
Context
Education