Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Valentine’s Day, with associated writing assessments.

Two texts and two writing tasks for Entry 1 and for Entry 2. One text and two writing tasks for E3, and one of each at Level 1.

Reading texts: an email, a recipe, a competition, a menu, a press release about a fun fair and a florist’s advert.
Writing tasks include form filling, an email, a restaurant review, a set of craft instructions, and a competition entry.

Answers will be available (to site contributors only) from late February 2018

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Catering Food Nutrition

A-Z chart of pictures with the corresponding initial sound. I’ve tried to select pictures which Beginner ESOL adults will recognise.

Level
M6
M7
M8
E1
English
Rw/E1.2
Pre-entry
pE Rw/M6.1
pE Rw/M7.1
pE Rw/M8.1
pE Rw/M8.2
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.3a
ESOL Rw/E1.2a
General
Dyslexia support

First 100 high frequency keywords typed out on excel in alphabetical order.

Editor’s note
A multitude of uses! Spelling or reading assessments / revision, making flash cards, etc.

Level
E2
E1
M8
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/E2.1
AL Rw/E1.1
Functional English reading
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E1.1
ESOL
General ESOL
General
Dyslexia support

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Three differentiated writing tasks / practice papers on the same theme. First, you apply to appear in a Christmas Concert at the village hall. Later, you hear you have got a place in the concert and write an email inviting your friends to come and watch.

I wrote these tasks as an informal summative assessment end-of-term activity for a mixed level E1-E3 group of 16-19 year-olds, but they are suitable for any age group.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Form filling
Writing
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Beautifully clear and very handy handwriting / alphabet reference sheet. Plus a lined page for practice.

Level
M8
E1
English
AL Ww/E1.2
AL Rw/E1.3
Pre-entry
pE Ww/M8.1
ESOL
ESOL Ww/E1.2a
ESOL Rw/E1.3a

This wonderful pack of differentiated resources is ideal for mixed ability classes from Entry 1 through to Level 2. It takes the learner through:

  • the layout of formal and informal letters
  • formal and informal language
  • typical vocabulary for formal letters
  • sentences and paragraphs
  • writing a range of letters
  • revision and/or assessment exercises

Includes writing prompts, task sheets, matching /sorting cards, and a many cut and stick exercises.

Fully mapped to the Functional English writing criteria.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Apply punctuation and capitalisation
Organise and present text structure
Plan, compose and draft
Use language style and purpose
Context
Business & Money management
Employment skills & Public services

A handy one page reminder about when (and when not) to use capital letters.

Level
E1
E2
English
Ws/E1.2
Ws/E1.3
Ws/E2.4

Questioning for understanding is a really useful help sheet that encourages learners to ask relevant questions (any topic, any level). Based on Kipling’s “What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who” with teaching ideas and useful links.

For a related resource using the same idea to investigate and write newspaper reports please see Ellie Walsh’s Looking at Newspapers (below).

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Poetry
AL SLc/E1.3
SLc/E2.2
SLc/E3.4
SLc/L1.2
SLc/L2.2
General
Study Skills and General Teaching
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

An incredible collection of strategies for all levels. This huge resource is split into 3 sections.
A six page comprehensive handout on spelling techniques (E3 upwards). A ‘Spelling for Me’ worksheet where students are encouraged to try out different strategies and record their results.
A set of 19 different strategy pages (to be laminated) each with tasks for students to test out the strategy.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Ww/E1.1
Ww/E1.4
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E3.1
Ww/L1.1
Ww/L2.1

Entry 1 reading practice test (A) in Edexcel-style. Great for extra practice and revision (would also be good for diagnostic assessment at the start of the year). With answer sheet.

Level
E1
English
Reading