Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Short sets of words for alphabetic sorting.   These can be used with literacy or ESOL learners.  I found they worked well at the beginning of each session while learners were still arriving into the class.  They work well as individual or pairs exercises.

The first set works best when each list is cut up and laminated as individual words in each group, so learners can sort them kinaesthetically.  

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
English
FE E2.15 Use 1st & 2nd letters to sequence words alphabetically
FE E3.16 Use 1st, 2nd & 3rd letters to sequence words alphabetically
Alphabetical order
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E3.4a Alphabetical order 1st & 2nd place letters

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Level
Entry Level 3
Entry Level 2
English
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Rw/E3.5
Functional English reading
Homophones, homographs & confusables
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Rw/E3.5a
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Three sets of dominoes to use in warm-up and for letter and word recognition activities. The first set, for pre-Entry ESOL and Literacy learners with very low levels of letter and word recognition, matches lower case to capital letter versions, the second set is a set of “doubles”, which can be used alongside the first. The third set, for pre-Entry / Entry 1 ESOL learners, matches a category to an example. Each set has 17 dominoes, so 4 each for a group of 4 learners, plus one to start.

Level
M7
M8
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
English
Rw/E3.2
Rw/E2.1
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
Functional English reading
Form filling
Pre-entry
pE Rw/M8.3
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E3.2a
ESOL Rw/E2.1a
ESOL Rw/E1.1a
Context
Employment skills & Public services

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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

Looking at Newspapers is a wonderful example of creative differentiated teaching across all levels (E1-L2). A detailed lesson description, resources and introductory PPT are included. The lesson uses Kipling’s “What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who” to help students analyse newspaper reports and interview other students, or their teacher, to create their own reports.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
General literacy / English
Poetry
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Another super 18 page student workbook originally written for Milestone 8, E1-2 ESOL students to use at the beginning of the academic year. Complete with student and tutor record pages, evaluation, and answer sheets. Includes spelling, reading, cloze exercises and comprehension, form-filling, sentences, word searches and a crossword.

Level
M8
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
English
General literacy / English
Form filling
Pre-entry
pre-Entry General
ESOL
General ESOL

A wonderful 2.5 hr differentiated lesson plan complete with resources. These include matching games, fill-in diary sheets, cloze exercises / writing frames and more!
A related PPT has been writtn to accompany this lesson. See below.

Level
M8
Entry Level 1
English
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
Word origins
Wt/E1.1
Ww/E1.1
Pre-entry
pE Rw/M8.3
pE Wt/M8.4

A Trip to the Library Entry 2 assignment provides excellent practice for City and Guilds style assignments (see note below). Layout and questions are in exactly the same style as the ‘real thing’ – complete with assessment pack and a transcript for the listening tape.

Editor’s note (July 2021)

Level
Entry Level 2
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Functional English - writing
Alphabetical order
Form filling
Context
Independent living
History, culture, museums, libraries