Discussion points

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

A great set of functional English tasks based on an ‘agony aunt’ letter from someone who wants to lose weight (tutors should therefore use their discretion before using this resource).
Reading comprehension, discussion and a scaffolded writing task (with writing frame). Ideal for (and fully mapped to) E1-2 Functional English.

Level
E1
E2
English
Functional Skills English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Writing
Context
Health, Social care, Early years
Independent living

Fabulous series of reading; writing; and speaking, listening and communication tasks aimed at L1-2 and based on the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
Includes 10 reading questions, summarising, dictionary work, discussion, writing prompts, and further ideas for extra Functional English (FE) work. Fully mapped to FE. Although topical this resource provides useful practice at any time of year.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional Skills English
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Stop FE/HE Education Cuts is a set of 6 photographs (taken in Hackney, March 2010). Each accompanied by questions to get learners thinking about the effects of proposed education cuts (spring 2010). Designed to accompany any of the 4 related resources on this topic (see below) and ideal for prompting discussion about the importance of education for all.
Contributed by Rebecca Galbraith, Rose Veitch and Rachel Emmett.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Education

The first set of Step 2 stories in the wonderful Readwell Road reading scheme for adults. All stories are written for adults and reflect real-life situations. These three Entry Level 1-2 texts continue the stories introduced in Step 1 books A-C (see below). Ron and Pam’s Post Office may be closed; the continuing saga of Peg at the pub and her man Sam; and poor old Jim, who lives in the bungalow at No. 1, and his bad back.
Also includes teaching ideas, discussion points and activities for one story.

Level
E2
E1
English
Fiction
General literacy / English
Reading

The second set of Step 1 stories in the wonderful Readwell Road reading scheme for adults. All stories are written for adults and reflect real-life situations. These three Entry Level 1 stories introduce the people who live at No. 3. (Wil and Lal, second marriage, 3 kids between them), No. 5 (Helen & Adam, big house, one son who’s not allowed any pets) and No. 7 (Mick & Lin, both work as cooks but their jobs are in danger).
Also includes teaching ideas, discussion points and activities for one story.

Level
E1
English
Fiction
General literacy / English
Reading

The first three stories in the wonderful Readwell Road reading scheme for adults. These three Entry Level 1 stories introduce the people who live at the pub, the shop and at no. 1 (a bungalow).

Level
E1
English
Fiction
General literacy / English
Reading

Functional English task sheets for Care (Early Years) provides contextualised help with the underpinning skills necessary to achieve Functional English (FE) at E3-L1. Includes reading comprehension (based on a topical article about the need for more male childcare workers), spelling, punctuation, fact and opinion, sentence structure, writing and discussion. With full details of relevant FE criteria and teaching notes.

Level
E3
L1
English
Functional Skills English
General literacy / English
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

Two task sheets. The first, ‘My Budget’, encourages learners to compare their current budget with what it could be if they were in employment.
The second was used on an ASDAN Unit 3 business planning course and encourages discussion about the costs of self-employment.
Suitable for underpinning Functional Maths (E3 upwards).

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Maths
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
MSS1/E3.1
MSS1/E3.2
MSS1/L1.1
MSS1/L2.1
Context
Employment skills & Public services

A comprehension and writing task sheet for E3-L1. If learners also watch the East is East DVD it also provides lots of opportunity to discuss issues of race and culture.

Level
E3
L1
English
Rt/E3.1
Rt/L1.1
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

A super writing and discussion exercise that gets hairdressing students thinking about the importance of writing clear instructions. Will also spark off other activities as suggested in the accompanying teacher’s notes. Also mapped to Entry 3 Functional English (writing).

Level
E3
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Rs/E3.1
Engage in Discussion
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Hairdressing & Beauty therapy