Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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Reading comprehension and writing tasks designed to prepare adults who are returning to education and taking Functional English at Level 1 or Level 2.

Level 1 reading comprehension is based on two texts about returning to education. This is followed by two writing tasks. Level 2 includes all the L1 texts and questions plus an additional lengthy text and questions that involve summarising, and comparing and contrasting two or more texts.

Editor's note

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
L2.12 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
FE L1.23 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
FE L2.24 Write text of an appropriate level of detail and of appropriate length (including where this is specified) to meet the needs of purpose and audience
GCSE A3 Compare texts
GCSE A5
Context
Education

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.

Editor's note
Fully mapped to GCSE and the new 2018 Functional English content

Level
E3
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
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
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure

Aimed at Functional Skills Level 2 learners, this resource is also suitable for the new 9 -1 GCSE requirements (Reading A2 and A3).

It is designed to be done towards the end of a unit on reading skills as it draws together skimming, scanning, information retrieval skills and the ability to collate information.

Level
GCSE L1-5
L2
English
GCSE A3 Compare texts
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
Functional English reading
Context
History

This is a short explanation with examples of eight sorts of conjunctive adverb arranged by type. There is an activity to complete, as well as some stretch/research activities for differentiation.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to L2 Functional English and GCSE English

Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L2.20 Punctuate writing correctly using a wide range of punctuation markers (e.g. colons, commas, inverted commas, apostrophes and quotation marks)
FE L2.28 Construct complex sentences consistently and accurately, using paragraphs where appropriate
Ws/L2.1
GCSE A6 SPaG
GCSE A5

This is new from Sept 2015 for L2 reading.
It is a list of writing techniques – the name of the technique, a description and an example.

Editor’s note (updated 7/5/2017)
Also ideal for GCSE English revision.
Covers 14 techniques: similes, hyperbole, alliteration, rhetorical questions, superlatives, personification, analogy, colloquialisms, cliches, onomatopoeia, oxymorons, imperatives, metaphors and emotive language.

Level
GCSE L1-5
L2
English
Wt/L2.6
Wt/L2.5
GCSE A5
Functional English reading

Three beautifully clear handouts on three sets of common homophones along with a practice sheet on there – their – they’re.

Level
L1
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Ww/L1.1

Homographs has a clear handout about ‘bat’ and a practice sheet on ‘bow’ and ‘scales’.

Level
E2
E3
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Ww/E2.1
Ww/E3.1
Rw/E2.2
Rw/E3.1
Rw/E3.5

Useful handout with definitions and examples of homonyms, homophones and homographs. Great for promoting discussion and also for teacher reference.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Ww/E3.2
Rw/E3.5
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L2.3
Ww/L1.1

A great handout to help with spelling and working out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Covers sow, bow, invalid, row and minute.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Ww/E2.2
Ww/E3.2
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Rw/E2.2
Rw/E3.5
Ww/L1.1

Reference sheet (for students and teacher) with examples and tips to help you remember what these words mean. Would also make a good classroom poster if blown up to A3.

Level
L1
L2
English
Homophones, homographs & confusables
Rw/L1.3
Rw/L2.3
Ww/L1.1
Ww/L2.1