Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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First 100 high frequency keywords typed out on excel in alphabetical order.

Editor’s note
A multitude of uses! Spelling or reading assessments / revision, making flash cards, etc.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
M8
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/E2.1
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
Functional English reading
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E1.1
ESOL
General ESOL
General
Dyslexia support

Mingle activity to use straight after the Christmas holidays to review past simple.
Learners ask each other questions to try to find one name of another learner to fill in each square. First to finish shouts “bingo!”
Review as a group and check questions using past simple.
Give a prize to the winner.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
SLc/E2.2
AL SLc/E1.3
SLc/E1.2
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E2.3b Give personal information
ESOL Sc/E2.3a Express statements of fact
ESOL Sc/E2.2d Ask for factual information (present, past, future)
ESOL Sc/E2.2c Ask for personal details
ESOL Lr/E2.2a Listen for detail

This is used to practise writing sentences in a format that is similar to those used for E2 Functional Skills writing assessments.
It includes a checklist for sentences and a reminder to use conjuntions. I use it after teaching the basics of sentences and conjunctions in order to give an opportunity to practise for the writing assessment. Three different tasks (note, email, complaint) plus a blank for your own task ideas.

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/E3.1
Ws/E2.3
Ws/E2.1

A worksheet that lists all of the most common word types and has space for the learners to enter their own description and their own examples.

To be completed over a number of weeks as each word type is covered and understood. The completed sheets can then be used as a revision tool / personal glossary.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
English
Rs/L2.1
Rs/L1.1
Rs/E3.2

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Three differentiated writing tasks / practice papers on the same theme. First, you apply to appear in a Christmas Concert at the village hall. Later, you hear you have got a place in the concert and write an email inviting your friends to come and watch.

I wrote these tasks as an informal summative assessment end-of-term activity for a mixed level E1-E3 group of 16-19 year-olds, but they are suitable for any age group.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
English
Functional English - writing
Form filling
Writing
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

A truly functional set of everyday reading and writing tasks based on medicine instructions. Activities include:

  • reading comprehension questions
  • matching instructions to the correct tube/bottle/packet
  • writing instructions
  • cloze exercise
  • word search
    Fully mapped to E2 Functional English and with extra teaching tips.
Level
Entry Level 2
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/E2.1
AL Rt/E2.1 Follow main points of short texts
Rs/E2.1
Functional English reading
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

Excellent practice for Edexcel style Functional Skills English reading test. 20 questions based on two simplified texts: a job advert and a formal letter inviting the reader to a job interview. Fully mapped to all the E2 reading coverage and range statements.

Level
Entry Level 2
English
Functional English reading
Reading
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Written to accompany the school-based Letters & Sounds reading scheme (which can be adapted and used to teach adults). All the words are based on phase 2 of the scheme (available free – for details see attached teaching notes or visit http://nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/ and type Letters and Sounds in the search box).
Please also see Margaret Adam’s High Frequency Words (below) which focuses on the 100 most frequent words used in the same reading scheme.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
English
Rw/E2.1
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E2.1a
ESOL Rw/E1.1a

An ideal end of year or summer activity for beginning readers (ESOL or Lit). 9 illustrated bingo boards plus checklist.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
English
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
Rw/E2.1
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
ESOL Rw/E2.2a

Students must circulate and question other class members in order to complete the bingo grid. Makes a great ice-breaker or warm-up activity. Also makes a good lead in to sentence work.
Aapted from Heidi Griffin’s original version (see below), this new version is differentiated for a slightly higher level learner group and includes sentences to be completed by the learner. Covers many speaking & listening elements (asking & answering questions, giving personal information, etc.).

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
English
Speaking & Listening