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
This is a spelling/phonetics resource that could be used as a starter, differentiated activity or filler. Learners colour in the squares where the words have an /f/ sound, these words are hidden with words that are ‘gh’ but aren’t pronounced /f/. When completed the grid shows a smiley face. There are a few trap words in here which can be used for dictionary or internet search practice.
I’m using this activity to give learners a writing frame for a piece of creative writing. I want them to really think about purpose of text when they are creating it, so they have to pick the format, style and tone of their work and plan it out.
Functional English - writing
(a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences
Suitable for guided reading with Entry level learners in the run up to Christmas, this version of Dickens’s classic Christmas story (first published in 1843 and never out of print since) has been created using content downloaded from https://www.ego4u.com/en/read-on/literature/christmas-carol on 26th October 2016 and only slightly adapted for use as a paper resource.
The first set of Step 3 stories in the wonderful Readwell Road reading scheme for adults. All stories are written for adults and reflect real-life situations.
These three Entry Level 2-3 texts continue the stories of the people introduced in Step 1 (A-C) and Step 2 (A-C) – see below. Ron and Pam’s Post Office is saved; the continuing saga of Peg at the pub and her man Sam; and poor old Jim, who lives in the bungalow at No. 1, finally gets some help in his garden.
Readwell Road is a magnificent set of reading books for adults. They were first published on Skillsworkshop in February 2010. Since then thousands of site users have downloaded the sample sets of stories from Step 1 (E1), Step 2 (E1-E2) and Step 3 (E2-E3) – see below.
Linda has since decided to go ahead and publish the entire scheme and further books can be found at www.readwellroad.com or you can contact Linda through her contact form on this site.