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 revision activity for Level 1 Functional Skills English reading and writing.

Editor’s note
Reading questions cover all aspects of the FS criteria. The writing activity (formal letter) stresses the use of persuasive techniques and is ideal for both Level 1 and Level 2. It includes a useful writing checklist.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L2.6
Wt/L2.5
Wt/L1.4
Functional English reading
Context
Voluntary & Charity
News, Politics & Government items

This is a reading from a BBC site with questions based on the Edexcel L1 Functional Skills reading paper and a writing task. The topic is ‘Mothering Sunday’. It describes the history and gives information about traditional food.

Editor’s note
Very comprehensive. All aspects of L1 reading are covered – not just “reading for detail”.

Level
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Context
History

Rugby themed task on reading (use of quotations and dialogue, facts versus opinions), researching and writing a short article. Topic links to ICT, suitable for use during e.g. Rugby World Cup, Six Nations Tournament or with any group keen on sport![img_assist|nid=5708|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=71]

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Use reference sources
Use knowledge of punctuation and capitalisation
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Apply punctuation and capitalisation
General literacy / English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Entry 3 ICT
Finding and selecting information
General ICT resources
Using ICT
Context
Sport
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

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

This maths investigation brings awareness about reusable energy and therefore, sustainability. Students are asked to analyse data and make decisions through connecting a few different topics of mathematics such as large numbers, rational numbers (including ratio and scale), handling data and elements of geometry. Moreover, the project can be continued by English language tutors.

Level
L2
L1
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Maths
Functional Maths - numbers and the number system
Functional Maths - handling information and data
General numeracy / maths
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

This was produced as practice assessment material for a group of learners working towards E3 Functional English (with City & Guilds). They were struggling with producing the writing in the time allowed so we practised several short, sharp topics. Planning methods were tackled separately.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to the E2-L1 Functional English writing criteria.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

A writing activity that requires learners to write 2 emails suitable for the workplace. Tasks are loosely based on the type of writing tasks required for City & Guilds Functional English at E3. Also involves searching for a suitable gift (Argos book or web site).

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to the E2-L1 Functional English writing criteria.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Writing, discussion and research prompts particularly useful for sport students at all levels. Inspired by Carrie Bray’s “Giving beauty/hair advice” resource (see below).

You could cut out scenarios and use them to start a discussion, which could lead into individual or paired research and written responses. I’ve also used them to prompt email and letter writing with templates / frames for lower level learners.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Engage in Discussion
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Speaking & Listening
Context
Sport
Health, Social care, Early years

This is used to practise writing sentences in a format that is similar to those used for E2 Functional Skills writing assessments.
It includes a checklist for sentences and a reminder to use conjuntions. I use it after teaching the basics of sentences and conjunctions in order to give an opportunity to practise for the writing assessment. Three different tasks (note, email, complaint) plus a blank for your own task ideas.

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Ws/E3.1
Ws/E2.3
Ws/E2.1