Adult Literacy, Functional English, and GCSE Resources

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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

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.

Level
GCSE L1-5
L2
L1
E3
English
Word origins
Ww/L2.1
Functional English - writing
Ww/L1.1
GCSE A6 SPaG
Ww/E3.2
Homophones, homographs & confusables

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.

Level
E3
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.7
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L2.1
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.1
(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.

Level
L1
E3
English
Rt/L1.1
Rt/E3.1
Functional English reading
Fiction

The third book of Step 4 stories in the wonderful Readwell Road reading scheme for adults. All stories are written for adults and reflect real-life situations.

This story is aimed at Entry 3 readers and continues the story of Jim and Nan people introduced in Steps 1 to 3 (for Entry 1 and 2 readers) – see below for links to these stories.

In this story Jim and Nan finally get the help they need in their garden – but all is not what it seems!

Level
E3
English
Ws/E3.4
Ws/E3.3
Rt/E3.8
Rt/E3.7
Rt/E3.1
Rs/E3.3
Fiction
General literacy / English
Reading

A varied set of tasks based on two popular Quick Read titles: Chickenfeed by Minette Walters
and Murder in Catcher’s Wood by Paul Horsman (in the Sun Book of Short Stories). Includes comprehension questions, paragraphing, punctuation and writing ideas. Wonderful for encouraging the reading of fiction.
More Quick Read resources at:
http://www.readingagency.org.uk/adults/quickreads/

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Fiction
General literacy / English
Reading

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.

Level
E3
E2
English
Rt/E3.1
Rt/E2.1
Fiction
General literacy / English
Reading

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.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
Fiction
General literacy / English
Reading

A humorous E2-3 story accompanied by E3-L1 comprehension, grammar, spelling and vocabulary questions (making it ideal for mixed ability classes).

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Fiction
Reading
ESOL
ESOL Reading

Laugh and Learn is a funny vet story accompanied by an excellent explanation of the puns used in the text and vocabulary/comprehension questions.

Level
E3
English
Fiction
Reading
ESOL
ESOL Reading
Context
Animal care, farming & equine