Discussion points

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

Using a newspaper article to interpret numbers and use decimals, fractions and percentages. This resource introduces the learner to billions, but the majority of questions and process are aimed at Level 1 (with some suitable for Entry 3).

Questions cover writing numbers in words and figures, place value, equivalent fractions, dates, measures, rounding, etc. Makes useful revision material.

The Level 2 extension questions involve creating a chart and converting a currency – all with a Harry Potter theme.

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Lovely set of speaking, listening and discussion resources for the start of term in E1 ESOL classes. Covers taking part in social conversation; listening and responding to requests for personal information; accepting and declining offers / invitations (e.g. Would you like a sandwich?), and much more.
Includes question cards, would you like cards, food cards and a do-you-like questionnaire / ice breaker.
Full mapped and with detailed teaching ideas.

Level
E1
ESOL
ESOL Sd/E1.1a
ESOL Sc/E1.4b
ESOL Sc/E1.3b
ESOL Sc/E1.3a
ESOL Lr/E1.5b
ESOL Lr/E1.4b
ESOL Lr/E1.4a
ESOL Lr/E1.2e

An outstanding set of resources. Developed to prompt discussion on knife crime with parents and children in a family learning setting, they are equally suitable in an FE setting – prompting discussion between students and tutors. The materials can be used to focus on knife crime but are also useful as part of wider discussion about criminal behaviour.

The resources include

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Independent living
Health and safety

Set of challenging L2 discussion, writing (and even movie production!) tasks. Particularly suitable for older learners who remember the Tomorrow’s World TV show and/or technology lovers. A link to the BBC video archive is included. Writing tasks include informal and formal letters and a persuasive essay.

Level
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology
Art Film Media Music TV

Lovely workbook for E1 ESOL, Literacy or Functional English. Use a prompt for discussion about the importance of keeping in touch, letting people know where you are, and asking for help. With plenty of opportunities for students to write their own texts.

Level
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E1.1
Rt/E1.1
Functional English - reading
Maths
MSS2/E1.2
ESOL
ESOL Wt/E1.1a
ESOL Rt/E1.1a
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Independent living
Health and safety

I created these hand-outs for my Entry 1 to Level 1 learners and used them to accompany Saul Pope’s E3-L2 Problem Page resource (see below for a link to Saul’s resource).

I found the resources very useful for both motivational purposes (all students enjoyed the discussion aspect) and also to inform future planning (all students found it difficult putting pen to paper when writing their response).

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Independent living
Health, Social care, Early years

This activity is designed to follow on from previous discussion about formal language and letter writing. It can be adapted to suit all levels but is best for Entry 3 – Level 2.
Learners will consider the importance of the purpose, content, style and tone of letters; and write a suitable letter of complaint from a given scenario.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.6
Wt/L1.4
Wt/E3.3
Wt/E3.2
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

I was prompted to create this set of tasks after seeing a lovely Red Nose event poster in my staff email. Although it focuses on Comic Relief 2011, this resource could easily be adapted for other charity events. Please read the resource to find out how you can obtain an editable Word version.
Functional English covers reading, spelling, writing, listening, speaking and discussion skills. Functional Maths covers time, money, doubling and halving, and 2D shapes.
Fully mapped to E1-E2 Functional Skills criteria.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Voluntary & Charity

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 super selection of functional English tasks. Based on a Red Nose Day / Comic Relief poster and story but can be used successfully at any time of year. Reading, writing and discussion tasks – with extra teaching ideas. Fully mapped to E1-2 Functional English.
Poster updated Feb 11 2011.

Level
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Voluntary & Charity