Discussion points

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

A fun text to discuss in class. Use as focus on humour in writing, vocabulary and borrowed words, etc. Optional picture clues are provided to help students discover the meaning of eight Japanese words.

Level
L1
English
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L1.2
Word origins

A short article with multiple choice questions and ideas for discussion. Several of the questions also require general L1 numeracy skills with time and large numbers, making this a good all round starter activity.

Level
L1
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Maths
Number
Context
Sport

Misleading averages is bound to provoke much discussion how the media, and even Government reports, can mislead us!

Level
L1
L2
Maths
HD1/L1.3
HD1/L2.3

Uses illustrations and thought-provoking statements to instigate discussion and a realisation of what the ‘mean’ really tells us.

Level
L1
L2
Maths
HD1/L1.3
HD1/L2.3

An interesting article, quiz, research and writing task for Level 2 Beauty Therapy / Care students or any Literacy students interested in this topic (originally written for a group of teenagers).

Level
L2
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Hairdressing & Beauty therapy

Uses a news report to prompt discussion about St George’s Day and whether it should be a national holiday. Written for E2-E3 but could also be used at higher levels.

Level
E2
E3
English
SLd/E2.2
SLd/E3.2
Context
News, Politics & Government items

An L1-2 investigation that covers direct proportion (best buy), and rounding / calculating with money /decimals. Two options are included: students can either research Easter egg and chocolate prices on internet shopping sites or use those given. In both cases they must investigate the cost per 100g chocolate and work out the best buy. Final extension work includes consideration of ‘buy one get one free’ and ‘two for £…’ offers.

Editor’s note. New update for 2016 – based on supermarket prices in February 2016

Level
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Maths
AN N2/L1.7
AN N2/L1.6
N2/L1.5
MSS1/L1.1
AN N1/L2.3
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

A brilliant resource – especially for younger, teenage students. Includes an original poem, discussion of slang, background info on Valentine’s Day, writing and speaking ideas.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Poetry
Rt/E3.1
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.2
Rt/E3.7
Rw/L1.2
SLc/L1.1
Wt/E3.1
Wt/L1.1
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L2.3
Context
History

A transcript and video link to a performance of Benjamin Zephaniah’s great poem. Great for discussion of language, dialect and oral performance and for Level 2 reading – inferring meaning, etc.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.2
Engage in Discussion
Speak clearly and appropriately

Provides useful prompts for general discussion work (small groups). Its budgeting slant also makes it suitable for numeracy classes.

Level
E3
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Maths
Money
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond