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Sparked after reading an article about a UK Which? report in The Guardian newspaper, and made in haste, this resource is aimed at Entry Level 3 (E3) and Level 1 (L1) learners but includes some E2 and L2 questions. There is no answer sheet – one might appear later for skillsworkshop contributors – but see below for general marking guidance. If you are stuck you can ask for help using my Twitter tag @skillsworkshop https://twitter.com/skillsworkshop

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
FE E3.16 Use the first, second and third place letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE E3.11 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types)
FE L1.13 Use reference materials and appropriate strategies (e.g. using knowledge of word types) for a range of purposes, including to find the meaning of words
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of straightforward texts
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

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 Express statements of fact
ESOL Sc/L1.3b Give factual accounts
ESOL Sc/L2.4b Give factual accounts 
ESOL Lr/L1.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Lr/L2.2d Listen for grammatical detail
ESOL Rs/L2.1a Use implicit & explicit grammatical knowledge to help follow meaning and purpose of different texts
ESOL Ws/L2.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

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

A series of challenging reading questions and writing activities based on three texts about the fast food industry.
Makes an ideal revision activity for Level 2 Functional Skills English. Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Level
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rt/L2.8
Rt/L2.7
Rt/L2.5
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
Functional English reading
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

This Blue Cross resource was written for strong E3 or L1 (or even L2) ESOL learners. I first used it as a homework exercise. The English on the site is a little quirky but it is an exercise using authentic material which always has its upsides and downsides.

However, it is good on human interests and most people like animals. It involves ICT, Reading and Writing. It’s best to pre-teach the vocabulary.

Also ideal for, and fully mapped to, Functional Skills English Level 1 reading and writng.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Voluntary & Charity
Animal care, farming & equine

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

A beautiful five page handout designed to help students write clear descriptions and learn key technical vocabulary – examples include British cheese, cuts of vegetables and a wonderful mind map showing key quality points to look for in cuts of meat and poultry. Written for NVQ 1-2 catering students working on their ‘local hospitality provision’ project.

Level
L1
L2
English
Rw/L1.2
Rw/L2.1
Wt/L2.6
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Writing a formal letter (in order to arrange an interview with a local hospitality provider) provides all key points as a mindmap and (for linear thinkers) as a bulleted list. Plus layout guide and a ‘jumbled sheet’ to sort out! Suitable for all areas – not just catering/hospitality.

Level
L1
L2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Photo prompts and useful checklists to encourage descriptive writing and the use of adjectives. Choose from a German Shepherd, horses, or polar bears.

Level
L1
L2
English
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L2.6
Context
Animal care, farming & equine