This set of steps (taken from Coady & Nation (1988)) with a worked example shows students one process for doing a ‘best guess’ of what to do when they come across a new word. Followed by a set of 10 exercises with some lovely, unusual words.
Fully mapped to GCSE and the new 2018 Functional English content
FE E3.11 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words (e.g. a dictionary, working out meaning from context; using knowledge of different word types)
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L2.17 Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias
Everything you need for embedding literacy / Functional English into a teaching session that looks at drugs.
Learners explore the types types of drugs and also some of the origins of the problem. It covers types of text and some reading and spelling, including segmenting. There is also a ‘DARTs’ type exercise that explores how to treat a person who may become ill, instructions to re-order, and posters to laminate and discuss.
Some of the posters are quite powerful and may require discretion with their use, but are good illustrations of this type of text.
A set of posters / cards / checklists designed to prompt discussion, check learning and keep a record of student progression. Designed for Entry Level Functional Maths and English learners in an FE setting but suitable for all levels and subjects.
This resource was inspired by discussion on the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics) site about “understanding versus doing” and I would like to thank the forum members for their ideas and feedback.
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
General numeracy / maths
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
E3-L2 Literacy glossary is a straightforward 1 page glossary which describes terms such as: verb, adjective, suffix, tense, prefix, vowel, etc. Also makes a good card match game or fill in exercise (see p2).
Tips for students sitting onscreen/online Level 1 or 2 multiple choice literacy and numeracy exams. Adapted from our original version for paper based exams. A free editable Word Version of this resource is available by emailing skilsworkshop details of where you teach Basic Skills. This will enable you to: customise the page with your own college logo, change picture, add your own tips, etc.
Tips for students sitting paper-based Level 1 or 2 multiple choice literacy and numeracy exams. A free editable Word Version of this resource is available by emailing Maggie with details of where you teach Basic Skills. This will enable you to: customise the page with your own college logo, change picture, add your own tips, etc.