Rt/L2.4

Read an argument and identify the points of view
(a) Understand the characteristic structures of written argument
(b) Understand that texts presenting an argument are adopting a particular point of view
(c) Understand the difference between objective fact and an opinion

I created this activity for my ESOL students but it would also work well for Functional English.
The idea is taken from Laura Jeffrey Kiiza’s text types mind map drag and drop activity (L1) – see link below under See also.

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L1.2
GCSE A2 Analyse
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Rt/L2.4a
ESOL Rt/L2.2a
ESOL Rt/L1.2a

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

Tips and four tasks designed to help Level 2 Functional English learners think about how they can identify BIAS in texts.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Functional English reading
General
Study Skills and General Teaching

A L1/2 Functional English Card match activity. Serves as a tactile supplement/plenary to identifying the contrasts in the tone of language used in factual, opinionated and biased statements.

Level
L2
L1
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L1.2
Functional English reading

This is a news article about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. It is focused on an account of the situation as reported by the local mayor.
The article is accompanied by questions about what might be inferred from the account, what might be the mayor’s opinion and whether or not the account is biased. The questions have been used with adults studying for Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Functional English reading
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items

This is a news article about the death of Whitney Houston followed by a series of questions which ask the reader to decide whether statements in the artice are true, false or inferred.

I have used it with several groups of adult learners who were working towards Edexcel level 2 Functional Skills. They really enjoyed discussiong the article. I did make an answer sheet but I changed it so many times in the light of discussion with different groups that I decided it was best to let them make up their own minds.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Functional English reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Art Film Media Music TV

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 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

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 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