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Two PowerPoint resources for discussion that can feed into Level 1 or 2 Functional Skills for English, Speaking & Listening.

Editor’s note
Also covers research, reading and writing. Great for prompting discussion among 14-19 year olds.

Level
L2
L1
English
Use appropriate language and strategies
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

I’m using this activity to give learners a writing frame for a piece of creative writing. I want them to really think about purpose of text when they are creating it, so they have to pick the format, style and tone of their work and plan it out.

Level
E3
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.1
(a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences

A game for 2 players to help with multiplying decimals with or without a calculator.
Learners take turns to choose 2 numbers to multiply, then cover up the answer on the grid. This continues until a player has 4 counters/initials in a row(diagonally, horizontally or vertically).
Prompts can be used for learners to pick a target answer and to try to work out which 2 decimals are going to give that answer.
Editor’s note
Laminate for re-use. A great game.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
N2/L2.6
N2/L1.5
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system

A huge and extremely comprehensive pack of resources. Written for ESOL learners but many parts are also suitable for Functional English and/or Job Skills groups. Includes:

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Employment skills & Public services

These lesson activities are based on scenes from David Lean’s 1984 film, A Passage to India. Topics relating to culture, integration, separation, race, ethnicity, identity and humanity can easily be raised and discussed via the materials and the film scenes. There are many ways of using this original material and the suggestions are just activities that have worked with L2 and [even] L1 students.

Level
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
ESOL
ESOL Reading
ESOL Speaking
ESOL Listen and respond
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

A set of questions created by a small group of Performing Arts students studying Level 1 Maths.
The questions were made up during their pre-exam revision sessions.
Some questions are not quite what you’d expect to find in the real exam!
Many topics are covered include ratios, metric measures, area & perimeter, time, percentages and money.
The overall emphasis is on showing all working out and checking answers with reverse operations.

Level
L1
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space

This is a simple resource that has proven to be a very effective motivational tool with pre entry to level 2 learners.

Level
M8
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
Pre-entry
pre-Entry General
General
Aims & objectives, ILPs, reflections
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Rugby themed task on reading (use of quotations and dialogue, facts versus opinions), researching and writing a short article. Topic links to ICT, suitable for use during e.g. Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Tournament or with any group keen on sport![img_assist|nid=5708|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=71]

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Use reference sources
Use knowledge of punctuation and capitalisation
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Apply punctuation and capitalisation
General literacy / English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Entry 3 ICT
Finding and selecting information
General ICT resources
Using ICT
Context
Sport
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A recap game to practise applying knowledge of when to use capital letters. Learners supply names, dates, places and objects to create a mis-matched story.

It could also be used as an icebreaker.

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/E3.4
Ws/E2.4

This study considers the emerging issue of consciousness in pedagogy both theoretically and practically. It examines why this issue is of fundamental significance for teaching and learning. Basic assumptions are clarified and the psychological and philosophical fundamentals of consciousness theory explored.

Level
L2
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
General
Staff development
Study Skills and General Teaching