Reading comprehension

One or more texts accompanied by questions and/or other activities

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech. An extension activity gives learners an opportunity to write a similar short text, using the same elements of grammar to tell a story about a decision that changed events.

Level
L2
L1
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History

Designed for Entry 3 – Level 2 Functional Skills English.
Students loved this lesson. Can be designed around other areas but covers:
Writing persuasively.
Fact and opinion.
Research write a factual article
Create a poster using appropriate language.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional Skills English
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
History

Literacy – aimed at Level 1-2 and links to imaginative writing at GCSE.
Quirky fun starter – find your pirate name. This can be done on mobile phones if there are no PCs.
Comprehension tasks.
After finding the King’s shilling, write descriptive letter home.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
History

A topical summer solstice resource. A bit of reading comprehension based on a general article about the solstice which includes some embedded maths. This is followed by another short article with further comprehension questions and two associated writing tasks: one at L1/L2 and one at E3 (the latter a bit wacky!).

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading

This teaching and assessment resource combines reading comprehension and a letter writing task based on an advert for a volunteer role as a Customer Service Assistant for a charity shop.

In Task 1, students read the job advert and answer questions to check their understanding. In Task 2, they make notes about their personal skills and qualities, then draft and write a letter to apply for the volunteer role. An additional, extension task is provided for students who either work at a faster pace or at a higher level, and involves writing a personal statement for a college course.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Voluntary & Charity
Employment skills & Public services

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

4 Oct 2017. Updated information on source material added

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work. Based on materials at: http://esol.britishcouncil.org/content/learners/uk-life/be-safe-uk/what…

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional English - reading
ESOL
ESOL Ws/E3.1a
ESOL Sd/E3.1d
ESOL Sc/E3.4e
ESOL Sc/E2.2a
ESOL Rt/E3.4a
ESOL Lr/E3.2d
Context
News, Politics & Government items

This resource has a range of activities to help students learn useful expressions/ language to make a complaint.
It is useful in building confidence in making complaints in person and on the telephone.

Editor’s note
Includes sample dialogue with questions (can also be used as a reading comprehension), matching cards, sammple scenarios, curriculum mapping and teaching notes.

Level
E2
E3
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
Speaking & Listening
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E3.4d
ESOL Sc/E3.4a
ESOL Sc/E2.3d
ESOL Sc/E2.2a
ESOL Lr/E3.2b
ESOL Lr/E2.2a
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Speak to communicate
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Video task and reading comprehension based on the style of Entry ESOL reading exams. Taken from BBC Newsround website.

Editor’s note
Questions suitable for mixed ability classes from E2-L1 and make good discussion prompts for further work.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A reading comprehension based on information taken from the Red Nose Day website.
Created for a group of mixed ability E2-L1 students.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional English - reading
Context
Voluntary & Charity