Discussion points

A range of resources that are particularly good for prompting class discussion

A reading, writing, listening and discussion task. The topic is skills at risk and the older generation. Comprehension questions focus on the gist. The grammar focus is passive voice verbs. Learners will discuss and write sentences about their skills, and will write about traditional skills that are in danger of dying out.

Level
L1
L2
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Sc/L1.3a
ESOL Sc/L1.3b
ESOL Sc/L2.4b
ESOL Lr/L1.2d
ESOL Lr/L2.2d
ESOL Rs/L2.1a
ESOL Ws/L2.1a
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

These two lessons explore the Windrush Scandal. 

The video gives an opportunity to listen for gist and detail, and is followed by a focus on sentence stress and intonation.

The article gives an opportunity for learners to analyse the purpose of the text and look at persuasive techniques, and is accompanied by a vocabulary from context exercise.

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
L2.1 Identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations
L2.2 Follow narratives and lines of argument
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L1.13 Use reference materials and appropriate strategies (e.g. using knowledge of word types) for a range of purposes, including to find the meaning of words
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
GCSE Reading A1 (a) Identify and interpret
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
ESOL
ESOL Lr/L1.1a
ESOL Lr/L1.2e
ESOL Lr/L1.6b
ESOL Lr/L2.1a
ESOL Lr/L2.2a
ESOL Lr/L2.2e
ESOL Rw/L1.2a
ESOL Rt/L1.2a
ESOL Rw/L2.3a
ESOL Rt/L2.2a
Context
News, Politics & Government items

This is a project based on Benford's law. I had this idea after watching the Numberphile series on YouTube. This is a project based activity that involves many skills including working with large numbers, using percentages, representing data and probability.

The investigation is introduced to learners using the PPT (and optional YouTube links). Learners then split into four groups - each is given a random set of  share prices [see Excel file].  Each group investigates the occurrence of numbers starting with each digit from 1 to 9.

Editor's note

Level
L1
L2
Maths
FM Complex multi-step problem(s)
FM L1.1 Read, write, order and compare large numbers (up to one million)
FM L1.14 Calculate percentages of quantities, including simple percentage increases and decreases by 5% and multiples thereof
L1.15 Estimate answers to calculations using fractions and decimals
L1.27 Represent discrete data in tables, diagrams and charts including pie charts, bar charts and line graphs
L1.28 Group discrete data and represent grouped data graphically
L1.30 Understand probability on a scale from 0 (impossible) to 1 (certain) and use probabilities to compare the likelihood of events
L1.31 Use equally likely outcomes to find the probabilities of simple events and express them as fractions
Context
Business & Money management

An ESOL lesson embedding numeracy, diversity and British values, centred on the Spring Equinox and three festivals which happen around / on this day - Purim, Holi and Shunbun No Hi. Learners collect unfamiliar words on a vocabulary sheet and ask and answer questions to elicit meaning / explanation. There is a powerpoint to introduce the topic, using acronyms eg 7DIAW  - Seven Days In A Week to elicit key words, and lead to an explanation of what the Vernal Equinox is and when it is.

Level
E1
E2
E3
Maths
FM E3.4 Multiply two-digit whole numbers by single and double digit whole numbers
E1.7 Know the number of days in a week, months, and seasons in a year. Be able to name and sequence
E2.7 Know the number of hours in a day and weeks in a year.
ESOL
General ESOL
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Faith & Religion

Topical set of discussion prompt for World Book Day 2019 - but could be used at any time.

One set of general prompts and a second slightly different set of prompts for learners who are also parents (ideal for family learning situations).

Includes a full list of the revised Functional English speaking, listening and communicating content (for E2, E3 and L1) which comes into effect September 2019.

 

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE SL&C Discussion
ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
Context
Education

A multi-skill worksheet that incorporates speaking, listening, reading and writing, based on a short (1:22) BBC news video about a 100th birthday trip to London. Aimed at E3 / L1, but suitable for higher level E2 and for L2 as a recap (for L2 - elicit examples of the grammar and instructions beforehand).

Key learning outcomes: learners will:

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE READING main points & detail
FE Grammar
FE SL&C Active listening
FE SL&C Make requests & ask questions
FE WRITING Clarity, cohesion, length and detail
ESOL
General ESOL
ESOL Listen and respond
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Use reading strategies
Rw/L1.2
Identify main points and detail
Plan, compose and draft
Follow and understand
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Employment skills & Public services
Business & Money management

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Level
L1
L2
English
Use knowledge of grammar
Apply grammar
Identify main points and detail
Functional Skills English
ESOL
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation)
ESOL Engage in discussion
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Context
Sport
News, Politics & Government items

[img_assist|nid=6104|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=71]A Powerpoint presentation designed to prompt discussion and accompanying reading comprehension to advise about avoiding scams.

Editor’s note
With curriculum mapping. Covers reading, writing and SL&C.

Level
E1
English
Rt/E1.1
Functional Skills English
Context
Independent living

Functional skills maths.
Extract information from mileage and distance (network) diagrams. Complete a mileage chart.
Editor’s note
With worked solutions, pop up help and a final challenge question.
Ideal as an introduction or for revision.

Level
L1
E3
Maths
MSS1/L1.5
HD1/L1.1
HD1/E3.1
AN Length weight capacity temperature scales
Functional Maths
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport