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 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

Editor’s note
Updated Sept 17. Errors corrected and minor layout changes.

A handout and exercise sheets for using direct and reported speech. Gives several example of each and the exercises work by switching the same message between direct and reported speech.

I have used this as a speaking/listing exercise as well as writing for grammar/punctuation. Target group is really L1 /L2 but can work well with high E3 too.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/L2.4
SLc/L1.2
Apply punctuation and capitalisation
ESOL
ESOL Writing
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)

Excellent advice on giving a presentation (this is a required part of Level 2 Functional English assessment and would also be useful for L2 literacy and possibly L2 ESOL). Step by step guide to planning and delivery.

Level
L2
English
SLd/L2.5
SLd/L2.4
SLc/L2.4
SLc/L2.3
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
ESOL
ESOL Speak to communicate
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

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 ‘active’ worksheet first used in a Skills for Work class. Ideal for prompting discussion on the importance of good communication skills in the workplace.

Level
E2
English
SLc/E2.1
SLd/E2.2
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Encourages learners to think (and mind-map / thought-web) about skills required for a good conversation and then test them out and evaluate after a 5 minute conversation with a partner.
Written for young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or Aspergers Syndrome but suitable for all.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
SLd/E2.2
SLd/E3.1
SLd/E3.2
SLd/L1.1
SLd/E3.3
SLd/L1.2
General
Autistic spectrum support

Two colour posters / prompt sheets (best blown up to A3 and laminated).

Level
M8
E1
English
AL SLc/E1.3
Pre-entry
pE SLc/M8.2
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E1.3a
ESOL Sc/E1.3b