Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Resource focusing on the question 'Is the internet an addictive drug?'  The PowerPoint consists a video link and written stimulus to evoke thought and discussion.  Looking at the relationship we have with our phones versus people; our use of internet enabled devices, 'every minute of every day' and Social Media depression. 

Editor's note

In addition to being an excellent discussion prompt the PPT also includes several short texts for useful reading practice. The linked video is very powerful, relying on visual observation rather than listening skills.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE SL&C Discussion
FE L1.1 Identify relevant information / lines of argument in explanations / presentations
FE L1.4 Communicate information / ideas / opinions clearly & accurately on range of topics
FE L1.5 Express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
FE L1.6 Follow / understand discussions & make contributions relevant to situation & subject
FE L2.1 Identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations
FE L2.2 Follow narratives and lines of argument
FE L2.5 Communicate information, ideas & opinions clearly / effectively, with further detail / development if required
FE L2.6 Express opinions and arguments and support them with relevant and persuasive evidence
GCSE A8 Listen and respond
Context
Mental health and psychology
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

These three simple resources are aimed for teaching the layout features and conventions of informal and formal letter writing.  There are three templates: 

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
T Levels - embedded maths or English
English
FE E3.20 Use appropriate format and structure when writing straightforward texts, including the appropriate use of headings and bullet points
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L2.25 Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables)
GCSE Writing A5 (b) Organise information using structural and grammatical features
TL - Create texts for different purposes and audiences
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Employment skills & Public services

A challenging set of reading and writing (spelling and sentence structure only) tasks based on a WHO (World Health Organisation) report about sleep, screen and activity time for children under five.  This resource is not intended to emulate formal L1-2 summative assessment papers as it includes underpinning spelling and sentence structure tasks. In addition, some questions are deliberately challenging and beyond the Level 2 Functional English curriculum and, unlike formal assessment papers, questions are arranged by topic.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
T Levels - embedded maths or English
English
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L2.15 Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L1.21 Spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words
FE L2.22 Spell words used in work, study and daily life, including a range of specialist words
L1.25 Write consistently and accurately in complex sentences, using paragraphs where appropriate
FE L2.28 Construct complex sentences consistently and accurately, using paragraphs where appropriate
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
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 L1.14 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 L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of 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 L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
TL - Synthesise information
GCSE Reading A1 (a) Identify and interpret
GCSE Reading A1 (b) Select and synthesise
GCSE A6 SPaG

I created this resource to try to engage my learners during lockdown. There are two reading tasks based on the same text, which I adapted for level 1 learners by using more basic vocabulary. The reading task can then be followed by the writing a blog task and I have included a step by step sheet to help with the writing task.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
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 L2.15 Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
FE Spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPaG)
FE Writing composition
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
(a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences
GCSE A6 SPaG
TL - Synthesise information
TL - Create texts for different purposes and audiences
Context
Health and safety
News, Politics & Government items

Fourteen questions related to Remembrance Day (topics include WW1, WW2 ration books,  Korean War, war poetry, etc.). Use as a traditional paper-based quiz or an IT based investigation. Learners could work individually or in teams / small groups. One way of approaching the quiz would be to see what the class as a whole can answer from their general knowledge before moving on to internet research. 

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
General literacy / English
ICT
Finding and selecting information
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
History, culture, museums, libraries

Reading comprehension and writing tasks designed to prepare adults who are returning to education and taking Functional English at Level 1 or Level 2.

Level 1 reading comprehension is based on two texts about returning to education. This is followed by two writing tasks. Level 2 includes all the L1 texts and questions plus an additional lengthy text and questions that involve summarising, and comparing and contrasting two or more texts.

Editor's note

Level
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
FE L2.12 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
FE L1.23 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L2.24 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
GCSE A3 Compare texts
GCSE A5
Context
Education and teaching

I created this activity for my ESOL students but it would also work well for Functional English.
The idea is taken from Laura Jeffrey Kiiza’s text types mind map drag and drop activity (L1) – see link below under See also.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
English
Rt/L2.4
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L1.2
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Rt/L2.4a Understand and identify how written arguments are structured
ESOL Rt/L2.2a Identify the purposes of a wide range of texts, whether inferred or explicitly stated
ESOL Rt/L1.2a Know how language and other textual features are used to achieve different purposes

A set of two exercises (one vocabulary exercise, then a directed writing exercise) plus an extension (fun exercise where learners use the ‘wrong’ register to write a text) to learn about formal and informal language in English.

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Love the final exercise :) The examples (which involve David Beckham and a broken washing machine) are hilarious.

Level
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.6
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L1.4
(a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences
FE Writing composition

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech. An extension activity gives learners an opportunity to write a similar short text, using the same elements of grammar to tell a story about a decision that changed events.

Level
Level 2
Level 1
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History, culture, museums, libraries

I’m using this activity to give learners a writing frame for a piece of creative writing. I want them to really think about purpose of text when they are creating it, so they have to pick the format, style and tone of their work and plan it out.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
GCSE L1-5
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.4
AL Wt/E3.1 Plan & draft writing
(a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences