Rt/L2.8

Summarise information from longer documents
(a) Understand that summarising must be preceded by locating and selecting information through skimming, scanning and detailed reading
(b) Understand that selection involves distinguishing the main points and supporting detail in the document
(c) Understand that what to select and how best to present it in summary form will also depend on knowing the purpose and audience for the summary

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

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

Series of L2 tasks based on a 2009 Guardian environmental article about the ecological consequences of manufacturing toilet tissue from virgin trees.

The exercises include comprehension and vocabulary questions, distinguishing between fact & opinion, identifying a spelling mistake and omitted punctuation, recognising the purpose of a text, and summarising.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.8
Reading: text focus (comprehension)

This is a topical lesson, looking at the Japanese tsunami disaster and its coverage in the media.

It introduces students to identifying facts and opinions. It also allows students to discuss their own views (appropriately) about this disaster. Students are also given the opportunity to write their own newspaper article based around the facts of the events.

Level
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L1.1
Functional English reading
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A comprehension exercise based on an amusing newspaper article of the same name. Questions cover purpose of text, vocabulary, punctuation and summarising.

Level
L2
L1
English
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L1.1
General literacy / English

Topical help (three different texts) with the underpinning skills necessary to achieve Functional English (FE) at L1-L2. Includes reading comprehension, summarising, and writing (a formal email using the provided documents to back up points). With full details of relevant FE criteria.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rt/L2.8
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading

A series of comprehension, vocabulary, apostrophe and summarising questions.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L2.8
Rw/L2.2
Ws/L2.4
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Swine flu web research questions. 1 page of general swine flu questions to research and then summarise in Word.

Level
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Rt/L2.8
ICT
General ICT resources
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

Living in Poverty is a thought provoking article from the Nursing Times. It is used in this literacy initial assessment for possible Access to Healthcare students. The accompanying questions are designed to check whether students are working at level 2 standards and can follow an argument, summarise information, recognise bias, distinguish between fact and opinion, and write using supporting evidence.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.5
Wt/L2.6
Context
Health, Social care, Early years