Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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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

Some games to play with literacy or Functional English groups for revision.
Ideal for Entry 3-Level 2

Editor’s note
The students make the games, play them and then discuss them. A great combination!

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL

A recap exercise where Functional English learners match the correct aspects of formal letter writing together and lay them out in letter format.

This could be printed out and laminated but I usually give my students a printout of the first pages and they cut out the text boxes and arrange them appropriately. I have included some red herrings such as incorrect text alignment and unsuitable salutations and closures.

I have included my suggestion of the correct layout on the third page.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

This carousel of Jubilee tasks was hurriedly put together for a group of 10 E1-E3 Functional Maths and English 16-19 year old learners who had just (very successfully!) finished all their Edexcel Functional Skills assessments.

After a year of hard work from my students, the emphasis was on celebration and fun. However, learning objectives included: measuring, counting, writing an email, spelling, 2D shapes, estimating, rounding and working with money. Rough lesson outline also included.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Maths
General numeracy / maths
Functional Maths
Context
History

This is a scheme of work I have used in EBD schools to get the pupils engaged with English. It is a 7 week scheme of work aimed at between E3-L2, as it can be differentiated. I have also included the lesson plans that go with the scheme.

Editor’s note
Although written for a Key Stage 3/4 school setting this would work well as a way of embedding Functional English into a vocational childcare course or a family learning situation.

Level
L1
E3
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

An outstanding 30 week scheme of work for Level 1 Functional English (one 3hr lesson per week). With Key Skills, adult literacy (Skills for Life) and Functional English mapping. Detailed content fully covers all speaking, listening and communication; reading; and writing criteria. With equality and diversity notes, Every Citizen/Child Matters, differentiation and more.

Level
L1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English

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
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Poetry
Context
News, Politics & Government items

26 week Literacy Scheme of Work for E3-L2. An extremely useful and well thought out plan, originally used with New Deal learners and based around the free DfES Skills for Life learning materials.
Printed versions of the learning materials are no longer available but PDF versions are still online:
http://rwp.excellencegateway.org.uk/readwriteplus/Learning_Materials_Ma…
The audio tracks from the DfES learning materials CDs are now available as audio files:

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Independent living

Excel long term plans for Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 literacy. Each covers covers 12 terms for students working towards OCR Entry Level 1, 2 or 3 certificates in adult literacy (including spoken communication) and is mapped to the Skills for Life Literacy learner materials. These are available free from the Excellence Gateway
http://rwp.excellencegateway.org.uk/readwriteplus/Learning_Materials_Li…

See below for links to other related medium term plans.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
General literacy / English