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A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Use reading strategies
Rw/L1.2
Identify main points and detail
Plan, compose and draft
Follow and understand
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Business & Money management

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

A role play which teaches learners how to start looking for work using an agency. It also contains phrases to help learners to ask for clarification.

Level
E3
E2
ESOL
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Speak to communicate
Context
Employment skills & Public services

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Rt/E3.4
Rt/E2.3
Functional English reading
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Painting Decorating & DIY
Gardening & Horticulture
Employment skills & Public services
Catering Food Nutrition

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

The resources have been designed to complement the alphabetical ordering component of the E2 and E3 adult literacy exams. There are are four printable worksheets suitable for levels E2-E3. Two worksheets have also been adapted as PPT slides which include audio files so that the jobs and instructions can be heard as well as read.

Level
E3
E2
English
Rw/E3.4
Rw/E2.4
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E3.4a
Context
Employment skills & Public services

This is an adapted and expanded version of Jodie Travis’ ‘Hired or Fired’ resource which is of course based on the popular TV show “The apprentice”. I used Jodie’s resource last year with a really big group, getting them to create a poster to ‘sell’ Manchester. I added some more ‘Apprenticey’ bits in, such as getting them to pitch their ideas at the front of the class after they’d made the posters, and it worked really well.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Present information
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Art Film Media Music TV

A very useful listening exercise and the first one we have to specifically cover this curriculum element (listen for and identify the main points of short explanations or presentations).
Transcriptt to read out (or record), questions to ask, and extension ideas. The script is about travelling to a staff conference, making it ideal for work skills students.

Level
E2
English
SLlr/E2.3
ESOL
ESOL Lr/E2.3a
Context
Employment skills & Public services

An unusual and very useful exercise written for preparation for work students who were nervous of taking messages and writing down information. It also provides useful reading and comprehension practice for all Entry Level learners and will prompt discussion on the importance of asking the right questions and writing down messages.
Ideal for Entry Level work skills students and for underpinning Entry 2 Functional English. Fully mapped to E2 Functional English crieria and the Skills for Life curriculum.

Level
E2
E3
English
Functional Skills English
Rt/E2.1
Rt/E3.1
SLc/E2.2
SLc/E3.4
Context
Employment skills & Public services

An ‘active’ worksheet first used in a Skills for Work class. Ideal for prompting discussion on the importance of good communication skills in the workplace.

Level
E2
English
SLc/E2.1
SLd/E2.2
Context
Employment skills & Public services