Rt/L1.3

Identify the main points and specific detail, and infer meaning from images which is not explicit in the text
(a) Understand that some texts are structured around main points that are expanded or illustrated by specific detail
(b) Understand that in some texts and situations only the main points are essential to get the meaning, whereas in others every detail requires careful reading
(c) Understand that images can be used to convey additional information to that in the printed text

Based on a 2010 BBC News article about Firhall village in the Scottish Highlands.The exercises include comprehension exercises, anagrams based on different parts of speech, finding alternative vocabulary and a short writing task.

Level
L1
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L1.2
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1

A comprehension exercise in response to the earthquake and consequent tsunami in Japan. To be used along with research tasks or discussion.

Introduce the lesson with a discussion about the events surrounding the earthquake and some BBC footage.

The students need to be given the information without the questions to encourage them to read fully – this is not a scanning exercise. Then, when they have finished reading they can answer the questions, either in short on the sheet or in full on separate paper – differentiate accordingly.

Level
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/L2.1
Rw/L1.3
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Functional English reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Based on a 2009 BBC News article. Exercises include comprehension questions, anagrams, vocabulary exercises and a short writing task.

Level
L1
English
Rt/L1.1
Rt/L1.3
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Writing: text focus (composition)

Children in Need is a topical comprehension about the BBC appeal. 12 questions which require reading in detail.
Text updated August 2011
Note there is now also an ESOL E2-E3 version available.

Level
L1
English
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Context
Voluntary & Charity

A topical comprehension activity based on a 2008 BBC news report. Writing task, comprehension questions, anagrams and homophone work.

Level
L1
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Rt/L1.1
Rt/L1.3
Writing: text focus (composition)
Ww/L1.1
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A great warm-up activity. Students work in pairs to find information in holiday brochures. Easily adapted for your own brochures. Covers scanning, organisational features, detailed reading, etc. at E3-L2.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Rt/E3.4
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L2.3
Rt/E3.5
Rt/L1.4
Rt/L2.6
Rt/E3.6
Rt/E3.7
Rt/E3.8
Rt/L1.5
Rt/L2.7
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism

A topical comprehension activity based on a 2007 BBC news report. Proof reading (misspelt homophones) and comprehension questions.

Level
L1
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Rt/L1.1
Rt/L1.3
Ww/L1.1
Context
Education
Health, Social care, Early years

A topical comprehension activity based on a 2008 BBC news report. Find the main points, general comprehension questions and vocabulary / synonyms exercise.

Level
L1
English
Rt/L1.1
Rt/L1.3
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Covers alphabetical ordering, adjectives, reading comprehension, sentences and web research for E2-L2.

Sadly the original background history (on which the comprehension is based) is no longer available on the Swizzels Matlow or Love Heart sites. However related information can be found at the following sites which can make a good introduction to the assignment.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)
Ws/E2.2
Rw/E3.4
Rw/E2.4
Rt/L2.7
Rt/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
Rt/L1.5
Rt/L1.4
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.1
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
History

Provides valuable practice in skimming, scanning and reading in detail for Level 1 learners.

Level
L1
English
Rt/L1.1
Rt/L1.3
Rt/L1.4
Rt/L1.5
Ws/L1.1
Context
Sport