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A reading, writing, listening and discussion task. The topic is skills at risk and the older generation. Comprehension questions focus on the gist. The grammar focus is passive voice verbs. Learners will discuss and write sentences about their skills, and will write about traditional skills that are in danger of dying out.

Level
L1
L2
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Sc/L1.3a
ESOL Sc/L1.3b
ESOL Sc/L2.4b
ESOL Lr/L1.2d
ESOL Lr/L2.2d
ESOL Rs/L2.1a
ESOL Ws/L2.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Valentine’s Day, with associated writing assessments.

Two texts and two writing tasks for Entry 1 and for Entry 2. One text and two writing tasks for E3, and one of each at Level 1.

Reading texts: an email, a recipe, a competition, a menu, a press release about a fun fair and a florist’s advert.
Writing tasks include form filling, an email, a restaurant review, a set of craft instructions, and a competition entry.

Answers will be available (to site contributors only) from late February 2018

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Catering Food Nutrition

A reading comprehension and writing activity based on a Cadbury’s Easter Brand Fact Sheet. Ideal for Level 1 Functional English.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped with answer sheet and S&L idea.

Level
L2
L1
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

This is a simple activity to get learners used to the concept of writing instructive text. It can be used as an introduction to the topic of ‘Purpose of Text’ and is easily adaptable to different contextualised areas e.g. instructions on how to: hang a door; insert hair rollers; change a tyre; make a bouquet etc.

The activity allows for ease of differentiation between levels, based on your assessment of the output, and works well as a main activity for Entry Level learners, or a fun warm-up for Level 1/2 learners.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.5
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L1.2
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.3
Wt/E3.1
Wt/E2.1
Ws/L1.2
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

This is a resource that was designed for use in a computer classroom. It allows learners to research what is needed in a cover letter to find employment. For this resource to work most successfully I would advise that learners carry out the ‘research’ stage (Tasks 1 & 2) of the lesson in pairs or small groups.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Organise and present text structure
Plan, compose and draft
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Employment skills & Public services
Catering Food Nutrition

An outstanding set of resources. Developed to prompt discussion on knife crime with parents and children in a family learning setting, they are equally suitable in an FE setting – prompting discussion between students and tutors. The materials can be used to focus on knife crime but are also useful as part of wider discussion about criminal behaviour.

The resources include

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Independent living
Health and safety

Five contextualised tasks – ideal for embedding Functional English in catering courses. Tasks include writing an advert, a proof reading exercise, designing a menu and writing a formal business letter. With teaching tips and mapped to E3-L2 Functional English writing.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

I created these hand-outs for my Entry 1 to Level 1 learners and used them to accompany Saul Pope’s E3-L2 Problem Page resource (see below for a link to Saul’s resource).

I found the resources very useful for both motivational purposes (all students enjoyed the discussion aspect) and also to inform future planning (all students found it difficult putting pen to paper when writing their response).

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
Independent living
Health, Social care, Early years

Red hot chilli peppers is an interesting piece originally written for catering students but could also be of interest to any lovers of hot food! Includes comprehension and vocabulary questions, use of adjectives and a writing task.

Level
L1
English
Writing
Reading
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Making a formal phone call (in order to arrange an interview with a local hospitality provider, etc.) provides key questions to guide students through the formalities of making requests, asking questions (and wording them carefully).
Suitable for all contenxts – not just hospitality.

Level
L1
L2
English
SLc/L1.2
SLc/L2.2
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Retail Hospitality Customer service