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Reading comprehension and writing tasks designed to prepare adults who are returning to education and taking Functional English at Level 1 or Level 2.

Level 1 reading comprehension is based on two texts about returning to education. This is followed by two writing tasks. Level 2 includes all the L1 texts and questions plus an additional lengthy text and questions that involve summarising, and comparing and contrasting two or more texts.

Editor's note

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
FE L2.12 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
FE L1.23 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L2.24 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
GCSE A3 Compare texts
GCSE A5
Context
Education

A set of robust questions covering plans / scale drawings, calculating area, finding the best prices, percentages, ratios and much more. Mapped to the L1 and L2 Functional Maths criteria. 12 questions spread across 4 tasks: Loft Conversion, Social Club, College Canteen and Living Room.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Four challenging Functional Skills maths questions to encourage learners to use diagrams to cut shapes out of different materials. The questions are based on past Edexcel Functional skills exam questions that learners find difficult. Also involves metric conversions.

Editor’s note
Includes answer sheet and curriculum mapping. Excellent coverage of a topic that almost all learners find tricky.

Level
L2
Maths
MSS2/L2.3
MSS2/L2.2
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Three challenging Functional skills questions to get learners to draw 2D representations of 3D objects using a given scale. The questions are based on an exam question from an Edexcel L2 paper last year that learners found difficult.

Editor’s note
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Level
L2
Maths
MSS2/L2.3
MSS2/L2.1
MSS1/L2.10
MSS1/L1.11
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

This PowerPoint was used to introduce Pythagoras’ Theorem to Functional Skills college students whose main course work is to do with the Building Trades (Carpenters, Electricians). The last 4 slides therefore deal with using Pythagoras’ theorem to calculate the length of roof rafters.

Editor’s note
I realise that using Pythagoras’ theorem is beyond the scope of L2 Functional Maths Exams but this is a very useful PPT due to the vocational questions. Would also be useful for GCSE Maths.

Level
L2
Maths
AN N1/L2.4
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Context
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

In the construction trades there is still a need for some students to understand the difference between Imperial and metric units of measure. This is a Powerpoint presentation to help with this. I have used it with E3 and L1 students.

Editor’s note
I have classified this as L1 and L2.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
MSS1/L2.5
MSS1/L1.7
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Embedded E3-L1 Functional English (spelling and vocabulary) for
L1-2 carpentry, painting & decorating, and construction courses. Match the name of the tools, fault or material to the correct items.

Level
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

*A Yorkshire Yarn is a short documentary series exploring the English language learning experiences of three students at the University of Huddersfield. There are three episodes in the series.*

1 The Tales of a Trainee Tutor
http://www.youtube.com/user/ESOLRESOURCES#p/a/u/2/Itb9nc9rIMg

Level
L1
L2
ESOL
ESOL Sc/L2.3b
ESOL Sc/L1.2b
ESOL Lr/L2.3a
ESOL Lr/L2.1a
ESOL Lr/L1.5a
ESOL Lr/L1.2a
Context
Education

Stop FE/HE Education Cuts is a set of 6 photographs (taken in Hackney, March 2010). Each accompanied by questions to get learners thinking about the effects of proposed education cuts (spring 2010). Designed to accompany any of the 4 related resources on this topic (see below) and ideal for prompting discussion about the importance of education for all.
Contributed by Rebecca Galbraith, Rose Veitch and Rachel Emmett.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Education

A super, and very topical (Spring 2010), practice Level 1 Literacy test based on a letter of protest written to the Prime Minister. 12 multiple choice questions cover spelling, comprehension, grammar, punctuation, paragraphing and purpose of text.
Please also download the related PowerPoint (see below).

Level
L1
English
Reading
Context
Education
News, Politics & Government items