Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Comprehension

A reading comprehension based on two texts about the importance of applying sunscreen and a very brief outline of research (2011) into the increased risk of skin cancer for some people working in the construction industry.

Editor’s note
With answer sheet, Functional English mapping, and a related writing activity. Suitable for L1-2.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Construction Carpentry Plumbing

A set of three different texts and reading comprehension activities based on the theme of learning to drive, aimed at Level 1 learners who may be working towards Level 2. Plus two related writing activities.
Editor’s note
Includes full curriculum mapping and answers.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L1.6
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

Level 2 reading comprehension and writing activities based on three different texts (article, blog and cartoon).

  • Pack 1 – reading comprehension, Text B (blog post) and a discussion idea.
  • Pack 2 – reading comprehension, Text C (news article) and a writing idea. You need Text A (available separately – see below)

Note that Text A (which is carton based) can also be cut up and used as a sequencing activity for lower levels – not as easy as it looks!

Level
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional Skills English
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

A reading comprehension and writing activity based on a Cadbury’s Easter Brand Fact Sheet. Ideal for Level 1 Functional English.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped with answer sheet and S&L idea.

Level
L2
L1
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

This is a reading from a BBC site with questions based on the Edexcel L1 Functional Skills reading paper and a writing task. The topic is ‘Mothering Sunday’. It describes the history and gives information about traditional food.

Editor’s note
Very comprehensive. All aspects of L1 reading are covered – not just “reading for detail”.

Level
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Context
History

A short topical reading comprehension at two levels (L1/L2) and Entry 3 on the 29th February. The higher level text requires learners to write a short paragraph in a specific context. Some embedded maths is included. I have also added a short fact sheet about when Leap Years occur, for when someone asks those technical questions!

Editor’s note
With detailed curriculum mapping and answer sheet.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Maths
General numeracy / maths

Students regularly tell me they cannot read bus timetables and just wait for the next one to come along! This activity asks learners to find the most appropriate bus for my journey.
I print the timetables (pages 2-8) out enlarged to A3 and stick them to walls of my classroom.

Update (June 2016)
Answer sheet (and error report for one question) kindly provided by Ray Sheerin and Jay Hall, Aylesbury, Bucks, Adult Learning.

Level
L1
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Maths
AN MSS1/L1.3 Calculate with and convert between units of time
AN MSS1/L1.2 Read & measure time and use timetables
AN MSS1/E3.3
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

A topical reading activity based on a BBC News article about the recent ‘Super-moon’ eclipse. Learners are to extract information from the text and from images included in the article.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Rugby themed task on reading (use of quotations and dialogue, facts versus opinions), researching and writing a short article. Topic links to ICT, suitable for use during e.g. Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Tournament or with any group keen on sport![img_assist|nid=5708|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=71]

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Use reference sources
Use knowledge of punctuation and capitalisation
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Apply punctuation and capitalisation
General literacy / English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Entry 3 ICT
Finding and selecting information
General ICT resources
Using ICT
Context
Sport
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Comprehension based on a Red Nose Day order form for schools. Two comprehensions – one L1/L2, one E3. Also some embedded maths and the E3 version includes form filling.

I recommend introducing the form with a discussion about features of text and layout.
The PDF form is available below and also online at:https://shop.rednoseday.com/sites/default/files/docs/rnd15_schools_orde…

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Form filling
Context
Voluntary & Charity