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Changed on 27 April 2021

Interesting set of reading questions – covering purpose of text, analysis of text / organisation features, and recognising main points and detail. Based on a real life document from ‘Parker’ Guide to Road Tax’. Ideal for Embedding L1-2 Functional English / literacy into Motor Vehicle courses or for any students with an interest in the costs of running a car.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English reading
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

Changed on 27 April 2021

Comprehension questions, writing and discussion based on car adverts. This resource is suitable for motor vehicle students, or a more general audience.

Learners can discuss the important features of a car advert and the advice they would give their tutor. They can then practice writing their own car adverts (not full sentences). They can also write down the advice they would give their tutor, using full sentences and paying attention to spelling and punctuation.

Ideal for, and fully mapped to, Entry 2-3 Functional Skills English.

Level
E2
E3
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English reading
Functional English - writing
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

Changed on 27 April 2021

A lovely, very topical set of Functional Skills tasks about the UK digital TV switchover that began in 2009 and finishes in 2012.

The task sheet covers reading comprehension, research, and ICT skills such as finding and selecting information, saving and printing files.

Level
E3
L1
English
Functional English reading
ICT
Finding and selecting information
Using ICT
Context
Electrical, Electronics & Technology
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 27 April 2021

Based loosely on C&G E3 literacy exam papers, this covers many of the criteria through a seasonal topic.
It includes reading comprehension questions (E3-L1), a dictionary and alphabetical order task (E2-E3), form filling (E2-E3) and letter writing (E3-L2). There’s also plenty of scope for discussion. The form filling and write-to-your MP tasks are also suitable for Functional English. Ideal for mixed ability groups.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
FE Writing composition
Functional English reading
Context
History

Changed on 27 April 2021

A great set of functional English tasks based on an ‘agony aunt’ letter from someone who wants to lose weight (tutors should therefore use their discretion before using this resource).
Reading comprehension, discussion and a scaffolded writing task (with writing frame). Ideal for (and fully mapped to) E1-2 Functional English.

Level
E1
E2
English
Functional Skills English
Functional English - writing
Context
Health, Social care, Early years
Independent living

Changed on 27 April 2021

A simplified version of a newspaper article. The reading is followed by comprehension questions, a meaning match, a word find, and a scanning for correct spelling exercise. Developed for an adult student with Asperger’s, as well as dyslexia, who needs lots of motivation and exercises easy enough for him to be able to be successful without too much help.

Adapted from a Level 1 resource What happens to Ice Falling from planes
from Dave Norgate (2010).

Level
E1
E2
English
Functional English reading
General
Dyslexia support
Autistic spectrum support
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

Changed on 27 April 2021

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
E1
E2
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
Maths
Functional Maths - measures, shape & space
Context
Independent living
History

Changed on 27 April 2021

This is a reading from a BBC site with questions based on the Edexcel L1 Functional Skills reading paper and a writing task. The topic is ‘Mothering Sunday’. It describes the history and gives information about traditional food.

Editor’s note
Very comprehensive. All aspects of L1 reading are covered – not just “reading for detail”.

Level
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
Context
History

Changed on 27 April 2021

This is a reading comprehension and dictionary exercise based on the life of Fidel Castro. I have provided the reading text first and then the vocabulary work. However, with some groups it may be better to work on the vocabulary before tackling the text.
Editor’s note
Also includes a useful research/summarising/timeline activity and points for writing or discussion. Includes curriculum mapping but no answer sheet.

Level
L1
L2
English
FE READING understanding and locating information
FE Writing composition
Context
News, Politics & Government items
History

Changed on 27 April 2021

A short reading comprehension and writing task based on a section of the Highway Code for motorcyclists.

Level
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English reading
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport