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Changed on 23 October 2019

Topical set of discussion prompt for World Book Day 2019 - but could be used at any time.

One set of general prompts and a second slightly different set of prompts for learners who are also parents (ideal for family learning situations).

Includes a full list of the revised Functional English speaking, listening and communicating content (for E2, E3 and L1) which comes into effect September 2019.

 

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE SL&C Discussion
ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion
Context
Education

Changed on 23 October 2019

Reformed Functional English assessments include group discussion at all levels beyond Entry 1.  This useful, 3 page planner can be used (with varying amounts of teacher support) from E2 to L2. Covers everything from choosing a topic, jotting down initial ideas, and making extended contributions. Also describes the different roles withing a discussion and useful phrases for each role.

With detailed Functional English mapping.   

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
E2.6 Make appropriate contributions to simple group discussions with others about a straightforward topic
E3.6 Make relevant contributions to group discussions about straightforward topics
E3.7 Listen to and respond appropriately to other points of view, respecting conventions of turn-taking
L1.7 Use appropriate phrases, registers and adapt contributions to take account of audience, purpose and medium
L1.8 Respect the turn-taking rights of others during discussions, using appropriate language for interjection
L2.8 Make relevant and constructive contributions to move discussion forward
L2.10 Interject and redirect discussion using appropriate language and register
ESOL
ESOL Engage in discussion

Changed on 23 October 2019

Lovely set of speaking, listening and discussion resources for the start of term in E1 ESOL classes. Covers taking part in social conversation; listening and responding to requests for personal information; accepting and declining offers / invitations (e.g. Would you like a sandwich?), and much more.
Includes question cards, would you like cards, food cards and a do-you-like questionnaire / ice breaker.
Full mapped and with detailed teaching ideas.

Level
E1
ESOL
ESOL Sd/E1.1a
ESOL Sc/E1.4b
ESOL Sc/E1.3b
ESOL Sc/E1.3a
ESOL Lr/E1.5b
ESOL Lr/E1.4b
ESOL Lr/E1.4a
ESOL Lr/E1.2e Listen & extract key information

Changed on 23 October 2019

A board game that can be used to encourage speaking skills at many levels (ESOL or Literacy). With teaching ideas and curriculum links.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
SLc/E1.4
SLc/E2.3
SLc/E3.3
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E1.4a
ESOL Sc/E1.4d
ESOL Sc/E2.3a
ESOL Sc/E2.3f
ESOL Sc/E3.4a
ESOL Sc/E3.4f
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

Changed on 23 October 2019

Cards which can be used as a plenary or warm up to match definitions and features to types of text.
Editor’s note
With Functional English mapping

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Rt/L2.2
Rt/L1.2
Rt/E3.2
Functional English reading

Changed on 23 October 2019

I have used this organisational features matching exercise in two ways, either to test learners initial knowledge of the features or as a revision tool. 

Editor's note

Two versions - one, with images, for Entry Level and another for higher levels. Fully mapped to the reformed Functional English content which comes into effect in September 2019.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
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 WRITING Use format, structure & language (to meet purpose & audience)

Changed on 23 October 2019

A worksheet designed to draw together all the features which identify different types of documents or texts such as emails, webpages, letters and leaflets.

I designed this a recap and to create a revision document for my learners doing Functional Skills English at Levels 1 & 2.

Level
L2
L1
English
Rt/L2.6
Rt/L1.4
Functional English reading

Changed on 23 October 2019

An excellent and refreshingly different circular writing activity that encourages students to explore a range of styles and write for different purposes. Ideal for consolidating work on purpose of text. The sample texts (you will never think of making a cup of tea in the same way again!) make a super resource in their own right.

Level
L1
L2
English
Rt/L1.2
Rt/L2.2
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L2.6

Changed on 23 October 2019

A recap exercise where Functional English learners match the correct aspects of formal letter writing together and lay them out in letter format.

This could be printed out and laminated but I usually give my students a printout of the first pages and they cut out the text boxes and arrange them appropriately. I have included some red herrings such as incorrect text alignment and unsuitable salutations and closures.

I have included my suggestion of the correct layout on the third page.

Level
L2
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
General literacy / English
ICT
Developing, presenting and communicating information
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Changed on 23 October 2019

Five large A4 templates for web page, letter, article, email and a speech/talk.  They can be used in a variety of ways depending upon learner levels and lesson objectives. E.g. E1-E2 students can discuss and decide upon the text type and/or where they might see such document, E2-E3 learners can use them to plan or draft work. At L1 they could be displayed onscreen as a brief reminder to use different layouts for different purposes or for reading revision (of organisational features).

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
FE E3.20 Use appropriate format and structure when writing straightforward texts, including the appropriate use of headings and bullet points
FE L1.24 Use format, structure and language appropriate for audience and purpose
FE E3.12 Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information (e.g. contents, index, menus, tabs and links)
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