Contextual Resources

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A reading comprehension activity, based on an extract from a Guardian article on the value of smart meters. Questions cover the following skills: reading for gist, skimming, scanning, identifying the use of a pronoun, vocabulary matching and inferring. Suitable for Entry 3 – Level 1. Could also be used as a starter activity at Level 2, prior to using the full text of the article for other activities.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

This is a literacy resource based around a recent news story. There are a range of tasks relating to an anti-litter app called ‘littergram’ and legal challenges made to the use of its name, with the potential to extend tasks into other aspects of littering and how the litter problem might be resolved. A final extension task asks students to take their own photographs of local examples of litter as supporting evidence for a writing activity.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A resource pack to suit Functional Skills English at Levels 1 and 2, based on a BBC magazine article about the ET video game and the collapse of Atari. Reading tasks are supported by You-tube clips designed to prompt small group discussions. There is also a writing task.

Editor’s note
Includes curriculum mapping and answers.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Rugby themed task on reading (use of quotations and dialogue, facts versus opinions), researching and writing a short article. Topic links to ICT, suitable for use during e.g. Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Tournament or with any group keen on sport![img_assist|nid=5708|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=71]

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Use reference sources
Use knowledge of punctuation and capitalisation
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Apply punctuation and capitalisation
General literacy / English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Entry 3 ICT
Finding and selecting information
General ICT resources
Using ICT
Context
Sport
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

This maths investigation brings awareness about reusable energy and therefore, sustainability. Students are asked to analyse data and make decisions through connecting a few different topics of mathematics such as large numbers, rational numbers (including ratio and scale), handling data and elements of geometry. Moreover, the project can be continued by English language tutors.

Level
L2
L1
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - handling information and data
General numeracy / maths
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A set of exercises based on an article from the BBC News website.
This may interest learners who are keen on computer technology.
There is a comprehension exercise, exercises involving the identification of punctuation and spelling errors, and a vocabulary exercise.
Useful for those working towards Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy.

Level
L2
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Ww/L2.1
Rs/L2.2
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

A great project that covers many Functional maths and Functional English criteria. You win the lottery, buy a mobile phone shop and have to furnish it from catalogues and/or Internet sites.

Learn about budgeting, displaying data, working with areas and floor plans, bank statements, rounding, estimating, and much more. Everything must be written up as a comprehensive report with a clear conclusion (a great guidance page on report writing is included in the resource).

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Painting Decorating & DIY
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

I worked with a plumbing tutor at Wiltshire College to write the attached task for a group of apprentice plumbers. The group enjoyed working on this. I was inspired to produce this after reading and using the Air Conditioner task contributed by Leia Fee (see below).

Level
L2
Maths
MSS1/L2.6
MSS1/L2.9
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

L2 reading comprehension based on a 2010 BBC article about Robot firm winning a contract with NASA. Tasks focus on general comprehension and vocabulary but there’s also an interesting task on abbreviations and symbols, and a short writing task. There is also an answer sheet and a useful links to online videos that can be used to introduce or expand the task.

Level
L2
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
AL Recognise and understand a range of words
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Set of challenging L2 discussion, writing (and even movie production!) tasks. Particularly suitable for older learners who remember the Tomorrow’s World TV show and/or technology lovers. A link to the BBC video archive is included. Writing tasks include informal and formal letters and a persuasive essay.

Level
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology
Art Film Media Music TV