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Changed on 15 January 2020

A reading comprehension based on articles taken from Emily Coxhead's The Happy News.  This publication is to "celebrate all that's good in the world" and so it seemed a good time at the start of the year to have the opportunity to talk about the positives, rather than negatives, around us. Questions cover many aspects or the new reformed L1-2 curriculum including: main points & detail, textual and organisation features, interpreting punctuation and understanding vocabulary. I am also planning to use this as the basis of a speaking and listening discussion.

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
FE L1.18 Use knowledge of punctuation to aid understanding of straightforward texts
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Mental health and psychology

Changed on 15 January 2020

20 literacy and numeracy questions to warm up the new term! All based on the words HAPPY NEW YEAR (can easily be adapted for other festivals such a Diwali, New Year’s Eve or Ramadan). Covers vowels, consonants, number, ratios, simple substitution, range, mode and more!
Ideal for mixed ability groups (E1-L2). Also provides very good practice in reading instructions carefully.
For higher level groups it could be completed in teams as a speed test.

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Maths
General numeracy / maths

Changed on 15 January 2020

An excellent set of L2 literacy/Functional English tasks based on a topical text about New Year’s resolutions.
Used as a mock exam, the first 12 questions are in the style of the Adult Literacy multiple choice exam and cover spelling, comprehension, punctuation, tone, vocabulary, etc. They are followed by several challenging writing, summarising and purpose/structure questions that are also be suitable for Functional Skills English.

Level
L2
English
Writing
Reading
Functional Skills English

Changed on 9 January 2020

Specifically written to focus only on comparing and contrasting texts (now expected at Level 1 and Level 2).  This set of  graduated questions uses texts from "Six Texts about TV Licences" (available separately on skillsworkshop) and encourages learners to compare content, format, purpose and language of texts based on similar topics.

 

Level
L1
L2
English
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
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 9 January 2020

A set of six texts about TV Licences that can be used in various combinations for Functional Skills (FS) speaking, listening and communicating; reading and writing activities. Teachers can pick and choose their own texts and create related DARTs (directed activities related to text) and questions to suit. There will also be pre-prepared resources on skillsworkshop. When selecting texts consider the interests and levels of your learners, and what type of text and purpose you want to focus on.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English reading
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 9 January 2020

I wrote this resource to explore the Reformed Entry Level 2 reading and writing content, and the format of the new assessments from various awarding organisations (AO). 

Level
E2
English
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
FE E2.9 Understand organisational markers in short, straightforward texts
E2.10 Use effective strategies to find the meaning of words and check their spelling (e.g. a simple dictionary, spell-checker)
E2.11 Read and understand sentences with more than one clause
FE E2.12 Use illustrations, images and captions to locate information
E2.13 Use basic punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, question and exclamation marks)
FE E2.14 Form regular plurals
E2.15 Use the first and second letters to sequence words in alphabetical order
FE E2.16 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.17 Communicate information using words and phrases appropriate to audience and purpose
E2.18 Complete a form asking for personal information (e.g. first name, surname, address, postcode, age, date of birth)
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions (e.g. or, and, but) to connect clauses
FE E2.20 Use adjectives and simple linking words in the appropriate way
Context
Art Film Media Music TV
Independent living

Changed on 7 January 2020

A very practical and useful E2-E3 Functional Maths resource for extracting information from lists and tables, recording information in a table, and completing simple calculations with time (programme length).

Level
E3
E2
Maths
AN MSS1/E3.3
HD1/E2.1
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 7 January 2020

A multi-functional resource for Literacy or Numeracy. Sample TV listings by day, programme, start and end times, channel and genre. Use for alphabetic or numeric sorting, skimming and scanning exercises, literacy social sight vocabulary for days of the week, numeracy exercises for calculating time, etc. This resource contains some sample exercise questions to use which can be developed further according to need. I laminated the sheets and then cut up into days so lower level learners can move the elements around. Higher level learners can work from the whole page sheets as well.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
English
Rt/E2.3
Rt/E3.7
Rw/E3.4
AL Rw/E1.1
Maths
AN MSS1/E3.3
MSS1/L1.2
AN MSS1/L1.3
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 7 January 2020

Provides practice working with time at E3/L1. Use the TV guide to complete the clocks (start and finish times) and calculate the length of each programme.

Level
E3
L1
Maths
AN MSS1/E3.3
AN MSS1/L1.3
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 7 January 2020

Provides realistic everyday practice in adding and subtracting time and converting between hours and minutes.

Level
L1
Maths
AN MSS1/L1.3
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism