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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

[img_assist|nid=6104|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=71]A Powerpoint presentation designed to prompt discussion and accompanying reading comprehension to advise about avoiding scams.

Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping. Covers reading, writing and SL&C.

Level
E1
English
Rt/E1.1
Functional Skills English
Context
Independent living

A Bonfire Night themed resource covering some aspects of literacy and numeracy.
The resource contains a basic reading comprehension about the History of Bonfire Night. This is followed by a numeracy activity where students have to buy fireworks for a display with a budget of £300. The final activity is a writing task and learners have to create a poster advertising the event.

I created this for an ILS (independent life skills) class but it could be used with Entry Functional Skills learners too.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Independent living
History

This is a series of short job ads for a hotel (+ one for a school caretaker). Simple language and uncluttered layout..
Good for introduction to language of employment. I have used these with E1 to E3 and they work well as a differentiated resource

Higher levels can gauge implict information, especially for the school caretaker advert in writing covering application letters to include attributes such as working with children, being trustworthy and reliable etc)

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Rt/E3.4
Rt/E2.3
Functional English reading
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Painting Decorating & DIY
Gardening & Horticulture
Employment skills & Public services
Catering Food Nutrition

This resource arose from a conversation with a learner who had lost their debit card a number of times in the cash machine because they couldn’t read the screen fast enough.

I used it by discussing each of the screens with learners and then having them work through the reading text and the accompanying exercises. Even better, if you have access to the internet, you can show different images of ATM screens and discuss them.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Independent living
Business & Money management

This is a lower-level version of ‘My Busy Day’ Housework by Laurence Fletcher (see below) for a basic literacy for ESOL class. Also suitable for M8-E1 literacy.
Reading comprehension, simplified cloze and sentence exercises.

Level
M8
E1
English
Rt/E1.1
Rs/E1.1
Pre-entry
pre-Entry General
ESOL
ESOL Rt/E1.1a
ESOL Rs/E1.1a
Context
Independent living

Housework is a set of three related resources:
Housework is a very funny video (with a rather predictable ending!) accompanied by words and jolly music and designed to introduce, complement or summarise the two related resources below.
Although aimed at M8-E2, ESOL/Literacy groups of all levels will enjoy this video and it is bound to prompt disucssion. Supplied as a zipped WMV (Windows Media Video) file (6.8 MB). A big thank you must go to Janet Fletcher who co-authored this video!

Level
M8
E1
E2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
AL Rw/E1.1
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Pre-entry
pE Rw/M8.3
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Independent living

A fabulous set of integrated activities that cover food vocabulary, use of is/are, paired speaking and listening practice (asking the price of food – with fill-in dialogue cards), reading and writing shopping lists.

Level
E1
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Rt/E1.1b
ESOL Rs/E1.1a
ESOL Sc/E1.3b
ESOL Sc/E1.4d
ESOL Ws/E1.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Independent living
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Written specially for a non-reader who would not visit the doctor because of the touch screen booking system. Makes good reading practice (also following instructions) even for those who don’t need to use such a system.

Level
M7
M8
E1
English
Rt/E1.1
Pre-entry
pE Rtc/M7.3
pE Rtc/M8.3
Context
Independent living

A trip to the cinema is an interactive narrative that follows family as they select a film to see (skimming and scanning), catch the bus (buying a ticket), ask for directions to the cinema, buy cinema tickets and snacks!
Provides prompts, dialogue scripts, maps and other ideas for speaking and listening work. Ideal for revision or recapping after student have covered buying things, giving directions, asking for information, etc.
Please read the notes area on slide 1 of this PPT for teaching ideas, curriculum links, etc.

Level
E1
ESOL
ESOL Lr/E1.3b
ESOL Rt/E1.1b
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Sc/E1.2a
ESOL Sc/E1.3b
ESOL Sc/E1.3c
ESOL Sc/E1.4c
Context
Art Film Media Music TV
Leisure Travel Tourism