Discussion points

A range of resources that are particularly good for prompting class discussion

A multi-skill worksheet that incorporates speaking, listening, reading and writing, based on a short (1:22) BBC news video about a 100th birthday trip to London. Aimed at E3 / L1, but suitable for higher level E2 and for L2 as a recap (for L2 - elicit examples of the grammar and instructions beforehand).

Key learning outcomes: learners will:

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE READING main points & detail
FE Grammar
FE SL&C Active listening
FE SL&C Make requests & ask questions
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Use reading strategies
Rw/L1.2
Identify main points and detail
Plan, compose and draft
Follow and understand
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Business & Money management

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Level
L1
L2
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
Identify main points and detail
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

[img_assist|nid=6104|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=71]A Powerpoint presentation designed to prompt discussion and accompanying reading comprehension to advise about avoiding scams.

Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping. Covers reading, writing and SL&C.

Level
E1
English
Rt/E1.1
Functional Skills English
Context
Independent living

Functional skills maths.
Extract information from mileage and distance (network) diagrams. Complete a mileage chart.
Editor’s note
With worked solutions, pop up help and a final challenge question.
Ideal as an introduction or for revision.

Level
L1
E3
Maths
MSS1/L1.5
HD1/L1.1
HD1/E3.1
Length weight capacity temperature scales
Functional Maths
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

A short, contextual news article with associated comprehension and two writing tasks (a Facebook message and a formal letter).

Editor’s note
With answers and detailed curriculum mapping.

Level
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

This is a reading comprehension and dictionary exercise based on the life of Fidel Castro. I have provided the reading text first and then the vocabulary work. However, with some groups it may be better to work on the vocabulary before tackling the text.
Editor’s note
Also includes a useful research/summarising/timeline activity and points for writing or discussion. Includes curriculum mapping but no answer sheet.

Level
L2
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History

This is a selection of literacy tasks, based on the Poppy Appeal 2016 and John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’, covering aspects of speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Editor’s note: covers all aspects of L1-2 Functional English – also suitable for GCSE.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
Functional Skills English
Context
Voluntary & Charity
History
Employment skills & Public services

These lesson activities are based on scenes from David Lean’s 1984 film, A Passage to India. Topics relating to culture, integration, separation, race, ethnicity, identity and humanity can easily be raised and discussed via the materials and the film scenes. There are many ways of using this original material and the suggestions are just activities that have worked with L2 and [even] L1 students.

Level
L2
L1
English
General literacy / English
ESOL
ESOL Reading
ESOL Speaking
ESOL Listening
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Aimed at Hairdressing students working towards Functional English at E3 and L1, this helps with the S&L section in a vocational context.

Level
L1
E3
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Hairdressing & Beauty therapy