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Added on 20 May 2021

Reading, writing and discussion activities based on one of  the Edexcel exam contexts ('Learning to Drive').  PowerPoint includes chunked texts, key vocabulary tables, a video resource, and discussion and writing prompts. Resource lends itself well for additional reading comprehension prompts and explorative discussions. 

Editor's note

The reading focus is purpose, tone and organisational / formatting features. The final task is to write an online forum entry. 

Level
L1
L2
English
L1.6 Follow and understand discussions and make contributions relevant to the situation and the subject
L2.8 Make relevant and constructive contributions to move discussion forward
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L2.25 Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables)
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport
Independent living

Added on 20 May 2021

Updated May 26 (new images & formatting): A PPT session that introduces learners to the Level 1 and 2 Functional Skills SL&C assessments and provides some small group tasks and brainstorms. Aimed at adult learners and linked to employability.

Editor's note

Easily adapted for any Awarding Organisation and any discussion topic.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating

Added on 19 May 2021

Short sets of words for alphabetic sorting.   These can be used with literacy or ESOL learners.  I found they worked well at the beginning of each session while learners were still arriving into the class.  They work well as individual or pairs exercises.

The first set works best when each list is cut up and laminated as individual words in each group, so learners can sort them kinaesthetically.  

Level
E2
E3
English
FE E2.15 Use 1st & 2nd letters to sequence words alphabetically
FE E3.16 Use 1st, 2nd & 3rd place letters to sequence words alphabetically
Alphabetical order
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E3.4a Alphabetical order 1st & 2nd place letters

Added on 19 May 2021

Get your learners thinking outside the box with this unusual warm up quiz that works well at all levels

Also provides discussion prompts and makes a great introduction to spelling compound words.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
FE WRITING Spelling

Added on 16 May 2021

Speaking and listening, reading and writing  activities focusing on one of the possible Edexcel FS English exam contexts.  

Editor's note

With useful key vocabulary tables. The reading focus is purpose, tone and language features. The final task is to write an article about buying a new car. 

Level
L1
L2
English
L1.6 Follow and understand discussions and make contributions relevant to the situation and the subject
L2.8 Make relevant and constructive contributions to move discussion forward
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L2.25 Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables)
FE WRITING Use format, structure & language (to meet purpose & audience)
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Added on 16 May 2021

A reading comprehension exercise looking at organisational features and why they have been used, specialist language, purpose of text, picking out information.  There are also tasks to get the students looking at words they are not sure of and using a dictionary.  

There is an accompanying written task to create a leaflet using the information in the text.  I have also included a basic 'how to create a leaflet' guide.

Editor's notes

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE L2.11 Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
FE 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 L2.15 Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.16 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.17 Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias
FE Writing composition
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L2.25 Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables)
FE L2.27 Use different language and register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Added on 13 May 2021

Two reading comprehension exercises differentiated to EL1 and EL2/3 Functional Skills English.

Based on an article from Summer 2020 about the extreme weather in the UK.  Designed for a mixed ability class so that everyone could be working on the same theme.  Simple multiple choice answers for EL1,  questions for EL2/3 allow for practice in sentence writing as well as comprehension.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
FE E1.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E1.9 Read simple sentences containing one clause
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE E2.7 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E2.12 Use illustrations, images and captions to locate information
FE E3.8 Read correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE E3.9 Identify, understand and extract the main points and ideas in and from texts
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)
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

Added on 12 May 2021

Resource focusing on the question 'Is the internet an addictive drug?'  The PowerPoint consists a video link and written stimulus to evoke thought and discussion.  Looking at the relationship we have with our phones versus people; our use of internet enabled devices, 'every minute of every day' and Social Media depression. 

Editor's note

In addition to being an excellent discussion prompt the PPT also includes several short texts for useful reading practice. The linked video is very powerful, relying on visual observation rather than listening skills.

Level
L1
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE SL&C Discussion
L1.1 Identify relevant information and lines of argument in explanations or presentations
L1.4 Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and accurately on a range of topics
L1.5 Express opinions and arguments and support them with evidence
L1.6 Follow and understand discussions and make contributions relevant to the situation and the subject
L2.1 Identify relevant information from extended explanations or presentations
L2.2 Follow narratives and lines of argument
L2.5 Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly and effectively, providing further detail and development if required
L2.6 Express opinions and arguments and support them with relevant and persuasive evidence
A8 Listen and respond
Context
Mental health and psychology
Electrical, Electronics & Technology

Added on 9 May 2021

Reading comprehension based on a blog which explains what "carbon" is in a very upbeat, informal way (the blog comes from the website of Who Gives a Crap, an online loo paper seller who give 50% of profits to improve sanitation in  developing countries).  Mostly aimed at L1 with extension questions for L2, all based on the Reformed Functional Skills style questions.

Editor's note

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify & understand the main points, ideas & details
FE L1.11 Identify meanings in texts and distinguish between fact and opinion
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.13 Use reference materials & appropriate strategies for a range of purposes, inc. to find word meanings
FE L1.14 Understand organisational and structural features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. index, menus, subheadings, paragraphs) in a range of straightforward texts
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
FE L2.13 Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
FE 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 L2.15 Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
FE L2.19 Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice
Context
Science, Nature & Weather

Added on 6 May 2021

A lesson to build learners' confidence to make meaning from texts, introducing the terminology: theme, motif, symbol and metaphor

The song uses quite simple language, which means the focus instead is on deeper analysis. It prompted really interesting discussions in our class, and tied to our theme of new beginnings and goal setting at the start of a new term.

Editor's note

Level
L2
GCSE L1-5
English
FE L2.13 Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
FE L2.14 Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
GCSE Reading A2 Analyse language & structure
Context
Art Film Media Music TV