Recent Changes

Changed on 5 November 2019

This resource is based on the DfES ESOL Skills for Life recording 'Buying a ticket'. It gives exam practice questions (C&G style) in the first section and in the second section an activity to enable learners to tune in to the sounds of English. The first section can be completed in class and the second at home or the whole sheet can be given for homework. Listening development at home enables learners to listen as often as they wish and tune in until they hear the text more clearly.

Level
E1
English
E1.2 Identify and extract the main information from short statements and explanations
E1.4 Make requests and ask straightforward questions using appropriate terms and registers
E1.7 Understand and participate in simple discussions or exchanges with another person about a straightforward topic
ESOL
ESOL Lr/E1.2a Listen for detail
ESOL Lr/E1.2b Listen for detail & respond
ESOL Lr/E1.1d Listen for gist & respond
ESOL Lr/E1.2e Listen & extract key information
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism
Motor vehicles & Transport

Changed on 5 November 2019

A speaking and listening activity designed to practise asking where food items are in a supermarket. Also involves practise with the numbers 1 to 8.
The sheet is repeated five times – with food items in different positions (numbered supermarket aisles) on each sheet.

Linked to Cambridge Pre-entry ESOL Activities 7a Excuse me …

Level
M8
E1
English
SLlr/E1.6
SLc/E1.4
AL SLc/E1.3
Pre-entry
pE SLlr/M8.1
pE SLlr/M8.2
pE SLc/M8.2
pE SLc/M8.3
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E1.4b
ESOL Sc/E1.4a
ESOL Sc/E1.3b
ESOL Sc/E1.3a
ESOL Lr/E1.4b
ESOL Lr/E1.2b Listen for detail & respond
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service
Independent living
Catering Food Nutrition

Changed on 4 November 2019

An additional news story to go with Maggie's great E3 Firework Safety reading & spelling resource.  Use her Fireworks:  the Law page as Text A and then there are two pages of L1-L2 comprehension (I have a mixed class and thus needed something at a higher level). Focus is on general comprehension (main points & detail) but organisational and language features are also covered.

Editor's note

Level
L1
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
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 READING analyse texts
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 4 November 2019

A Bonfire Night themed resource covering some aspects of literacy and numeracy.
The resource contains a basic reading comprehension about the History of Bonfire Night. This is followed by a numeracy activity where students have to buy fireworks for a display with a budget of £300. The final activity is a writing task and learners have to create a poster advertising the event.

I created this for an ILS (independent life skills) class but it could be used with Entry Functional Skills learners too.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Independent living
History

Changed on 4 November 2019

Provides useful prompts for general discussion work (small groups). Its budgeting slant also makes it suitable for numeracy classes.

Level
E3
L1
English
Engage in Discussion
Maths
Money
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Changed on 4 November 2019

Topical set of resources covering reading, writing and discussion.Two simplified texts – one writer likes fireworks; the other does not! What do you think?
Ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry Level 1 and 2 Functional English. With teaching tips and extension ideas.

Level
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English

Changed on 4 November 2019

Sparkling sentences for bonfire night is a lovely seasonal literacy starter activity that covers adjectives, adverbs, sentence structure and punctuation. The focus is on extending simple sentences to compound or complex setences. You will need a packet of sparklers.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Writing: sentence focus (punctuation & grammar)

Changed on 3 November 2019

Written to look at the reformed Entry Level 2 ‘Measures, shape and space’ content, the main focus of this resource is positional vocabulary, 3D shapes and time. It also covers aspects of Number and Data. It is not recommended for the initial teaching of skills (underpinning). If used for this, ensure all the ‘maths words’ (p1) are covered in advance and supply learners with real-life materials such as counters (I use pasta or dried beans) and 3D shapes where needed.

Level
E2
Maths
FM Simple one step problem(s)
E2.2 Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 200
E2.19 Recognise and name 2-D and 3-D shapes including pentagons, hexagons, cylinders, cuboids, pyramids, spheres
E2.20 Describe properties of common 2-D & 3-D shapes including nos. of sides, corners, edges, faces, angles & base
E1.10 Use everyday positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including left, right, in front, behind, under and above
E2.21 Use appropriate positional vocabulary to describe position and direction including between, inside, outside, middle, below, on top, forwards and backwards

Changed on 2 November 2019

A topical starter activity for mixed ability groups (E2 – L2). Suitable for classes on or around bonfire night, Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve. Covers time, problem solving and more.

Level
E3
L1
L2
Maths
AN MSS1/E3.3
AN MSS1/L1.3
MSS1/L2.2
AN N1/L1.3
N1/E3.9

Changed on 2 November 2019

A fabulous set of Functional Skills maths tasks and a great way to engage mixed ability groups. Covers many aspects of E2-L1 Functional Maths including all three process skills (representing, analysing and interpreting).
Topics include extracting information, simple formulae in words (Buy one, get one free, etc), money, division and general problem solving. Includes fireworks and food information booklet, task sheets, Functional Skills mapping, mark/answer sheet, and teaching ideas.

Level
L1
E3
E2
Maths
Functional Maths
Context
Leisure Travel Tourism