Assessment material

Initial, diagnostic, formative, summative or self-assessment materials.

First 100 high frequency keywords typed out on excel in alphabetical order.

Editor’s note
A multitude of uses! Spelling or reading assessments / revision, making flash cards, etc.

Level
E2
E1
M8
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/E2.1
AL Rw/E1.1
Functional English - reading
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E1.1
ESOL
General ESOL
General
Dyslexia support

Topics to discuss based on Ascentis ESOL Entry 2 Speaking and Listening exam. Learners work in groups of 3. Each is given a slightly different topic to prepare and discuss, all based around a theme. In this case jobs. They are all expected to demonstrate use of present simple, present continuous, past simple and future tenses, as appropriate.

Level
E2
ESOL
ESOL Speaking

An E3-L1 Functional Skills reading resource modelled on C&G assessments. The activities are based around two documents, one from the BBC news website and the other a leaflet advertising a private police service. May prompt discussion on the nature of crime, punishment and the role of the police force in society.

Level
L1
E3
English
Functional English - reading
Reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items

I put this together to explore number calculations and word problems with a mixed group of adult learners, looking at estimating, ways of checking your calculations and ways of reversing calculations.

Level
E2
E3
L1
Maths
N1/L2.5
MSS1/L1.1
N1/L1.10
MSS1/E3.2
N1/E3.9
MSS1/E3.1
N1/E2.8
N1/E2.7
Functional Maths
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Business & Money management

This is used to practise writing sentences in a format that is similar to those used for E2 Functional Skills writing assessments.
It includes a checklist for sentences and a reminder to use conjuntions. I use it after teaching the basics of sentences and conjunctions in order to give an opportunity to practise for the writing assessment. Three different tasks (note, email, complaint) plus a blank for your own task ideas.

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/E3.1
Ws/E2.3
Ws/E2.1

Embedded E3-L1 Functional English (spelling and vocabulary) for
L1-2 carpentry, painting & decorating, and construction courses. Match the name of the tools, fault or material to the correct items.

Level
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

A practice task for Functional Skills English, Entry Level 3 Reading. Includes two texts and related comprehension questions covering all the E3 reading criteria.
With a mark scheme / assessment sheet based on those used by major awarding bodies.

Level
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - reading
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

A writing task / practice paper written for an E3 booster writing group of 16-18 year olds.

You want a Saturday job in a pet shop and write a letter to the manager about possible vacancies.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.1
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Animal care, farming & equine

First used with a group of E1-E2 numeracy students who had done an ICT based project involving cookery work and visiting a cafe to buy a snack. Print on A4 and fold into a very nice A5 leaflet.
The self assessment check boxes focus on basic money skills (recognising coins, giving change – but also slecting items from a list, weighing, etc.) but there is also the opportunity to link learning to numeracy at home or at college. Ideal for Entry Functional maths / catering / hospitality students.

Level
E2
E1
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

A practice paper written for Entry 3 Adult Literacy C&G exams at E3 but suitable for, and fully mapped to, Functional English.

All activities are based on a New Year’s Eve theme. The main text and related comprehension questions are about New Year’s Eve superstitions. Other activities include form filling, alphabetical order, dictionary work, planning and writing, and group discussion.

Level
E3
English
Form filling
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism