Reading comprehension

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

I attach handouts for one of my recent sessions. It’s fairly self explanatory and tests learners’ comprehension skills. Also covers scanning for info and correcting punctuation errors. Great for teenagers.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - reading
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Updated June 2017
New Entry 3 reading and writing tasks added. Available below as a separate PDF file. You will also need to download the L1-2 version as it uses the same text.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Leisure Travel Tourism

Pack contains reading, writing and discussion activities. Learners are required to plan, discuss and write a letter to apply for a job. Reading a job vacancy description and answering questions about the content is required before the letter is written. The pack also includes a role play section.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
General literacy / English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Employment skills & Public services

This is an adaptation of Murder at the Grange, which my students have always enjoyed.

I wanted to extend the work on calculating with time, so learners have to use and extend timetables and calculate multi-stage journey times. I also thought it would be good to have some female characters!

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
Maths
MSS1/L2.2
AN MSS1/L1.3
MSS1/L1.2
AN MSS1/E3.3
MSS1/E2.4
MSS1/E2.3
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

A short description of the famous Australian horse race followed by comprehension questions. Includes suggested answers.

Level
E3
E2
English
Rt/E3.1
Rt/E2.1
Functional English - reading
ESOL
ESOL Rt/E3.1a
ESOL Rt/E2.1b
Context
Sport
Leisure Travel Tourism
Animal care, farming & equine

This is an exercise designed to have learners find particular information in a table. They then have to enter some information on circuit details forms – they also have to use an atlas or similar to identify the correct national flag for each circuit.

This is a popular resource for all-male classes where they already may have an interest in Formula One. It can make a great classroom display as well. As an extension, they have “plotted” the circuits on a blank world map, which helps for general knowledge/geography.

Level
E3
E2
English
Rt/E3.7
Rt/E3.5
Functional English - reading
Context
Sport

This resource arose from a conversation with a learner who had lost their debit card a number of times in the cash machine because they couldn’t read the screen fast enough.

I used it by discussing each of the screens with learners and then having them work through the reading text and the accompanying exercises. Even better, if you have access to the internet, you can show different images of ATM screens and discuss them.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Independent living
Business & Money management

Simplified texts and DARTS activities with follow up writing tasks at E1 and E2.
Based on material from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website http://hmd.org.uk/
Prior to completing the reading and writing tasks the class listened to a podcast of a survivor talking about their experiences.The material from both the listening activity (http://hmd.org.uk/resources/podcasts/i-was-there)

Level
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
History

An E3-L1 Functional Skills reading resource modelled on C&G assessments. The activities are based around two documents, one from the BBC news website and the other a leaflet advertising a private police service. May prompt discussion on the nature of crime, punishment and the role of the police force in society.

Level
L1
E3
English
Functional English - reading
Reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items

This is a news article about the sinking of the Costa Concordia. It is focused on an account of the situation as reported by the local mayor.
The article is accompanied by questions about what might be inferred from the account, what might be the mayor’s opinion and whether or not the account is biased. The questions have been used with adults studying for Edexcel Functional Skills at Level 2.

Level
L2
English
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Functional English - reading
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items