Recent Changes

Changed on 10 November 2019

I saw this guide on the BBC website and thought it would be suitable for my Level 1 learners.  This text clearly has a limited shelf-life but is very topical and gives us a chance to discuss democracy as part of British values.  It is quite a detailed comprehension and I have included some Level 1 Reformed Functional Skills Reading questions e.g. explaining apostrophe use.  Whilst not expressly a Level 2 text, it does give a chance to discuss issues of fact, opinion and bias.

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
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 10 November 2019

A series of reading and writing tasks based on an information text about the three main political parties in the UK. Written to help a group of Entry 3 learners prepare for their Entry 3 literacy tests but also suitable for (and fully mapped to) E3 Functional English.

Level
E3
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Reading
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 10 November 2019

Video task and reading comprehension based on the style of Entry ESOL reading exams. Taken from BBC Newsround website.

Editor’s note
Questions suitable for mixed ability classes from E2-L1 and make good discussion prompts for further work.

Level
L1
E3
E2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 10 November 2019

This is a reading exercise I will be using with my L1-2 readers here in the U.S.

My students all speak Spanish as their first language and there are many Spanish cognates in the text. We have also been working on “who/what/when/where/why” questions in class, so that is the focus of the questions.

Editor’s note Also suitable for Functional English.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English reading
ESOL
ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension)

Changed on 10 November 2019

A simulation of the AV and FPTP voting system first used in an Entry Level Functional Maths and English class on Referendum day May 5th 2011.

Students vote for their favourite chocolate and compare the results when using the two different systems.

Resource includes AV and FPTP ballot papers, ballot box labels and a polling station poster. Plus links to voting information videos and easy-read referendum information leaflets.

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Independent living

Changed on 10 November 2019

This is a resource I developed, prior to the May 2011 referendum, to use as part of ‘language for expressing opinions’ at E3 Level. It’s quite basic but can be developed in different ways for classes of different levels. It is based the Victor the Vote Counter video available on YouTube or www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Level
E3
E2
E1
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Listen for detail
Listen for gist
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 10 November 2019

PPT with title slide and 3 slides and a set of suggested questions to go with it.
A further worksheet showing the number of seats for the parties for the last and new parliament with tasks for E3 to L2 learners.

Editor’s note
A great resource for prompting general discussion about elections, statistics, etc.

Level
L2
L1
E3
Maths
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
News, Politics & Government items

Changed on 6 November 2019

Two sets of Functional English resources based on various texts from the set of seven How We Remember texts (follow link right, under See also to download the texts). 

L1 tasks - reading questions based on Texts B ( Poppies web site) and E (A Nation's Thank you - the People's Procession) and a related writing task.

L1-2 tasks - reading questions based on Texts E (as above) and G (Nurse Mary Borden - forgotten female poet of WWI) and a related writing task that focuses on presentation devices and persuasive techniques.

Level
L1
L2
English
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE READING analyse texts
FE L1.10 Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE L2.27 Use different language and register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose
Context
History
Voluntary & Charity

Changed on 6 November 2019

Fourteen questions related to Remembrance Day (topics include WW1, WW2 ration books,  Korean War, war poetry, etc.). Use as a traditional paper-based quiz or an IT based investigation. Learners could work individually or in teams / small groups. One way of approaching the quiz would be to see what the class as a whole can answer from their general knowledge before moving on to internet research. 

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
General literacy / English
ICT
Finding and selecting information
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
History

Changed on 6 November 2019

A set of Functional English tasks that underpin the revised Functional Skills English content, 2018 [1].  Resources will be released gradually (as they are written!) from Oct 21st until Nov 11th 2018. All tasks are based on one or more texts from a graduated set of seven, all focusing on the 2018 Armistice Centenary commemorations. Five sets of tasks, based on Texts A, B, C, D and E are now available.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
FE E1.10 Understand a short piece of text on a simple subject
FE E2.8 Understand the main points in texts
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)
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
FE L1.9 Identify and understand the main points, ideas and details in texts
FE L1.12 Recognise that language and other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences and purposes
FE L1.17 Read and understand a range of specialist words in context
FE E2.14 Form regular plurals
FE E3.14 Form irregular plurals
FE E1.15 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 1
FE E2.16 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 2
FE E3.17 Spell correctly words designated for Entry Level 3
FE L1.21 Spell words used most often in work, study and daily life, including specialist words
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions (e.g. or, and, but) to connect clauses
FE E3.20 Use appropriate format and structure when writing straightforward texts, including the appropriate use of headings and bullet points
Context
History
Voluntary & Charity