Contextual Resources

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Editor's note (19/3/2020): answer sheet now available (contributors only)

Based on a text about the annual St Patrick's Parade in London. Aimed at L1 /L2 Reformed Functional Skills learners but also includes some Entry Level questions. Unlike formal assessment papers, questions are arranged by topic so that teachers can pick and choose the subjects they want to focus on. Includes: 

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English reading
E3.10 Identify different purposes of straightforward texts
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 E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
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 L1.14 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 L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
FE L2.18 Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
FE E2.14 Form regular plurals
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE L1.21 Spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Reading and writing tasks based on an over-the-top article about a new ride at Nottingham’s annual Goose Fair.
The emphasis is on language features ( I HAD A FOREST) and persuasive writing but many aspects of L1-2 reading and writing are covered.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

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 series of tasks designed to help learners improve their sentences and hence their writing style. These tasks assume no previous knowledge of complex sentences or subordinating conjunctions. They do assume the learner is familiar with simple sentences (i.e. one clause, one verb) and compound sentences. (See my related Entry Level ‘Halloween Compound Sentences’ resource for more on compound sentences and coordinating conjunctions).

Aimed at L1-2 students but parts could be useful at Entry 3. All tasks have a Halloween theme.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/L2.1
Ws/L1.1
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

A work book style resource to support the development of Functional Skills English for Construction students (also specific activities for Painting & Decorating and Plastering students).
Editor’s note
Includes reading comprehension, planning leaflets, summarising key points, and report writing. With curriculum mapping (and very useful writing frames for lower level students).

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Health and safety
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

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

Students regularly tell me they cannot read bus timetables and just wait for the next one to come along! This activity asks learners to find the most appropriate bus for my journey.
I print the timetables (pages 2-8) out enlarged to A3 and stick them to walls of my classroom.

Update (June 2016)
Answer sheet (and error report for one question) kindly provided by Ray Sheerin and Jay Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks, Adult Learning.

Level
L1
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Maths
AN MSS1/L1.3
MSS1/L1.2
AN MSS1/E3.3
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

Updated June 2017
New Entry 3 reading and writing tasks added. Available below as a separate PDF file. You will also need to download the L1-2 version as it uses the same text.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Leisure Travel Tourism

[img_assist|nid=5329|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=70]A set of differentiated tasks for construction students. I used the E3-L1 task with my Entry to L1 group and then the more challenging task with my L1-L2 students.

The use of measure is aways useful for my students as it is something they need to practise constantly given their vocational areas. The lesson was enjoyed by all, especially the hands-on measuring task prompted lots of fun and discussion. Encourage students to get others to check their measurements and validate their results.

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
HD1/L2.4
HD1/E3.1
HD1/L2.3
HD1/L1.4
HD1/L1.3
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Functional Maths
Context
Painting Decorating & DIY
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

A whole session activity based on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I used it to build on some dictionary work we hade been doing in previous sessions as well as paragraph writing and report writing. We had also been talking about open and closed questions so I have used examples of each in this resource to see if learners spotted them (they did!)

We are based in the same building as the library so there is lots of information handily available about local events but I also had internet enabled laptops in the classroom.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
History