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After teaching English in Thailand for three years I moved home in 2015 to complete my PGCE course. I am now a newly qualified English teacher, specialising in Literacy and ESOL based in the North West of England. All of my resources are from my time teaching Functional Skills English and ESOL at a further education college. Enjoy, and please take a little time to leave a review if you find my resources useful!

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After teaching English in Thailand for three years I moved home in 2015 to complete my PGCE course. I am now a newly qualified English teacher, specialising in Literacy and ESOL based in the North West of England. All of my resources are from my time teaching Functional Skills English and ESOL at a further education college. Enjoy, and please take a little time to leave a review if you find my resources useful!
Writing pack for Functional Skills English Level 2
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Writing pack for Functional Skills English Level 2

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1. General hints and tips for the writing tasks on the FS English written exam, covering layout, language, SPAG etc. 2. Ways to write engaging introductions to articles for the FS English written exam. Looks at using ‘When’ to begin an introduction. With examples and practise scenarios for students to experiment with this way of writing introductions. The final task is to choose one of the scenarios and produce the while article. 3. Activity/worksheet aimed at helping students to develop their ideas in article writing. A scenario about planning permission is provided, with the task . Instructions ask students to work together to plan their article- this can be adjusted to other class needs. 4. A layout and introduction to the scenario from resource three, useful for those students who struggle to get started on tasks, also a good way to re-cap layouts. Can be used to differentiate for weaker students in the class.
Formal letter lesson for L1 or L2 Functional Skills English
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Formal letter lesson for L1 or L2 Functional Skills English

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This lesson is focused on formal letters for Functional Skills English Level one or Level two. There is a warm up task where by students must find the errors within a sample formal letter (errors such as spelling, tenses, SVA etc.) with an answer sheet. There is a layout reordering task. A sample formal letter exam question and a planning document to support lower level learners or those who are only just being introduced to formal letter writing.
Writing speeches, speech techniques, writing to persuade, inform and inspire
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Writing speeches, speech techniques, writing to persuade, inform and inspire

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Lesson on writing speeches, originally aimed at Level one and two Functional Skills English students but can be adapted to suit other lessons/learners/levels. Students are introduced to the different language techniques used within speeches, such as; alliteration, the rule of three, facts and figures, emotive language and rhetorical questions. The presentation includes instructions for tasks, answers to tasks and discussion points. Pack includes: Power Point presentation to guide the lesson, with activity instructions, definitions, key information and tips for speech writing. Identify speech techniques activity worksheet/exercise- students given a speech to label the different techniques from the ideas given. A printable MLK extract for students to label on their own (no key provided). A matching exercise with techniques and examples. The information required for the ‘Drink driving’ speech writing task can be found on The Skills Workshop website for free.
Level one functional skills English sentence construction
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Level one functional skills English sentence construction

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This lesson looks at developing simple compound and complex sentences with built in activities and tasks throughout and two separate activities 1. Warm up- as the lesson before was based on articles, the warm up is a re-cap quiz, but this can be taken out if it is not suitable 2. rule one: A sentence must make sense 3. rule two: A sentence must have the correct punctuation- space to record why this is important 4. rule three: A sentence must have a subject and a verb- examples 5. Label the sentences- label the subject and verbs, and punctuation in the sentences provided 6. There are three types of sentences we can use- space for simple compound and complex 7. Teacher exposition on compound sentences, grammatical construction and definitions 8. Blank slide for examples 9. Teacher exposition on complex sentences 10. Label the complex sentences 11. Writing task with specific grammar targets (worksheet above)
Entry Level 3  Functional Skills English Writing revision pack
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Entry Level 3 Functional Skills English Writing revision pack

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The first worksheet provides the required layouts for the different written tasks on EL3 writing exams, this can be used a student guide or revision. The second activity is in mock exam format with two written tasks about buying a faulty mobile phone. There are also hits and tips for each question, so it could be suited to a revision class or to teach exam techniques. This is particularly tailored to City and Guilds qualifications but can be used for any written practise at this level.
Level 1 or 2 Emails for Functional skills English (OCR)
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Level 1 or 2 Emails for Functional skills English (OCR)

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There resources aim toward the OCT functional skills English qualification but I am sure they could be tailored to other exam boards. The PowerPoint presentation guides through the lesson and different activities. Comma activity to warm up Intro- what do we already know about emails? discussion Key elements of an email- labeling activity using the sample email provided Key elements listed- for discussion Emails in the exam- teacher exposition Individual writing task- using any sample email task. I have also included an error correction task using a sample email with a teacher’s copy for the answers and an email re-cap quiz which can both be used at any stage of the lesson or as homework. This lesson can be adapted for L1 and L2.
L1/2 FS English using 'a', 'an' and 'the' (2nd language learners)
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L1/2 FS English using 'a', 'an' and 'the' (2nd language learners)

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This lesson is aimed at second language learners taking L1 and L2 functional skills English qualifications. The presentation also acts as a lesson plan and can be followed in stages, my lessons are approximately 2 hours long so this could be spread over 2 shorter sessions if needed. All activities mentioned, which have separate sheets are included. Presentation- starts with an introduction to articles in English and goes through different rules, activities, opportunities to use the skills discussed etc Funny news story without any articles, learners encouraged to read it aloud to see how strange it sounds, before working on where the articles need to be inserted A more serious news article without articles, learners encouraged to use the infographic/flowchart included on the presentation to help them answer Brief introduction to count and uncountable nouns, with a noun sorting activity (I normally go into types of nouns in more detail in the following session, also providing further practice with articles and more consolidation- I will also upload this second session)
Getting students talking- Plan your own charity event in small groups
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Getting students talking- Plan your own charity event in small groups

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The Power Point presentation begins with the lesson aims and objectives- the lesson is based around students working together to plan their own charity event, developing a time plan and designing a poster for their event, then presenting their event posters to the rest of the group. 1) Teacher introduction required- teacher will need to explain what we will be doing for the lesson, and information on the PP will reinforce this. 2) Task one- group discussion about the sample event poster. Discussion points displayed on the PP presentation, teacher to ensure students recognise the key elements. 3) Task two (main task) Students are given a time planning sheet and flip chart paper to plan their own charity event. The time plan embeds maths, as the students will be displaying time information and using numbers. Students work together to create and plan their event, before presenting their finished posters to the rest of the group. Dependent on the group, you can go into as much or little detail as you like with the events. Also you can provide students with even ideas or let them develop their own. This lesson is very adaptable. 4) Presentation of events- students can present their ideas and posters to the rest of the group- students can be encouraged to ask further questions, again dependent on teacher preference and the level of the group. 5) I have also uploaded an optional extension tasks which lists a variety of discussion topics for students to respond to. Keeping in with the speaking and listening theme.
Distance learning Level 1/2 Functional Skills English writing revision pack with practice questions
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Distance learning Level 1/2 Functional Skills English writing revision pack with practice questions

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This resource is a revision pack that I put together in line with the new Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills English specification for the writing exams. The new spec states 11 different writing formats that could come up in the exam, but there are currently not many (if any!) examples available. Therefore in this booklet I have written an example of each and also provided a practice exam question of each, that students could complete and email back to tutors as and when they do them. There is also: An introduction to the writing exam with some ‘hints and tips’ for completing the writing exam A table explaining and detailing each written format and its key aspects/organisational features I think this could be a handy revision guide for the current situation- as you could easily ask learners to complete each specific per week. Also the sample documents act as a guide/model answer for when learners are writing their own. I hope this will be helpful during this difficult time.
Level one functional skills- accurately using 'a' 'an' 'the'
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Level one functional skills- accurately using 'a' 'an' 'the'

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This PowerPoint goes through the grammatical rules of choosing the correct article in written English 1. Today’s lesson plan- objectives 2. Lesson warm up- how many words can you make from the letters given 3. An introduction to articles 4. The difference between two sentences- one with ‘a’ and one with 'the’ 5. Terminology- space for the class to give definitions for ‘definite article’, ‘indefinite article’ ‘count noun’ and 'uncount noun’ 6. Some grammatical rules 7. Noun sorting activity - sorting count and uncount (resource two is the student resource for this activity. This slide is left blank for teacher to put the nouns in the relevant categories as students give answers. 8. Some examples with missing articles to complete as a group 9. The rules for choosing ‘a’ or 'an’ 10. The rules for using 'the’ 11. Writing task to use articles- students asked to chose a recipe they like to make and list the ingredients and some basic instructions, as food is a good way to use articles.
Functional Skills English Level one and two - Writing articles lesson plan and resources
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Functional Skills English Level one and two - Writing articles lesson plan and resources

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The lesson is led by the Power Point presentation, starting with aims and objectives for the lesson. The first activity gives students a list of funny article headlines for the students to decide of they are real or fake. This is a fun warm up task which usually gets the students laughing! The Power Point also gives the answers to the activity and can provide discussion points. The initial tasks gives students two articles to read and comment on; one from a gardening magazine and one from a music magazine. The Power Point and printable worksheet both have instructions for the task. This task then leads into a group discussion. Another short task depicts an article layout and asks for students to label the different components of an article. This task works well with an interactive smart board, but can be adapted to suit relevant resources. The final task is a written task, asking students to write their own article on a subject of their choice. Dependant on the group you could provide some ideas to choose from. Instructions are listed on the Power Point. I have also uploaded an optional extension task which asks students to match the headlines with the publications they think they have come from.
An introduction to Functional Skills English exam discussions Level 1 and 2
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An introduction to Functional Skills English exam discussions Level 1 and 2

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The first Power Point presentation introduces students to the requirements of the FS English L1 and L2 speaking and listening examinations, it is very much focused on teacher input and giving students the relevant information. The second Power Point presentation focuses on practising and discussing the skills required to take part in a good discussion. The first task requires students to have red and green response cards, which are cheap and easy to create. The first task ask students to agree or disagree with a series of controversial issues. Students respond using their coloured cards an then the teacher can nominate students to expand on their opinions. This activity provides a good base for discussions and opinions. Next is a group task (for which I use flip chart paper and pens and split students into small groups) where students are asked to make notes on what they think makes a good discussion and then present their ideas back to the group. Instructions are displayed on the PP presentation. Students are then given a list of the requirements, which they can use to compare to their own ideas. Students are then shown a video clip of a discussion, to watch make notes and discuss. A link to this YouTube clip is displayed on the PP presentation.
An introduction to simple, compound and complex sentences with presentation, handouts & worksheets
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An introduction to simple, compound and complex sentences with presentation, handouts & worksheets

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This lesson looks at the different types of sentences students can use in their writing, the lesson aims to give students the understanding of each sentences construction, and in turn enhance their written skills and variation of sentences they can use correctly. 1) Lesson aims and objectives: Aim: To understand the different types of sentences we can use in our writing Objectives: To see the difference between three different types of sentences To identify examples of three different types of sentences To write your own examples of the three different types of sentences 2) Slide displays three sentences (one simple, compound and complex) and students are asked to discuss/make notes (up to you) on what differences they can pick out between the three. Hopefully students will note the length, use of connective words, punctuation etc. If they do not, the teacher can try to prompt these answers. 3) An explanation for each of the three sentences is displayed alongside the previous sentences, so students can make links with the descriptions and the examples. This will likely require more explanation and possible more examples. 4) Further examples shown to further enhance understanding and provide further discussion points. At this stage I usually ask students to write their own examples of each sentence to begin practising, and have them feed their ideas back. But this can be adapted dependant on your group/level. 5) Activity: Students given a short extract about The Men In Black (print out available in this resource) and asked to label the different sentences- instructions given on the print out and the presentation. 6) Answers to the task shown on the presentation. 7) Recap task - requires coloured response cards- six sentences displayed on the presentation, one at a time, and students to hold up the relevant response card. Instructions and answers displayed on the presentation. 8) Extension task included- sentences for students to identify as simple, compound or complex.
An introduction to presentation skills, with YouTube video clips.
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An introduction to presentation skills, with YouTube video clips.

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This lesson introduces students to presentation skills, with dos and don'ts shown through YouTube clips. Lesson structure: 1) Lesson aims and objectives- Aim: To provide students with the required presentation skills to succeed in their speaking and listening exam. Objectives: For students to develop their own ideas about what makes a good presentation. For students to understand the visual elements which make a good PowerPoint presentation To watch video clips of presentations, identify and list the good and bad elements they observe 2) Group discussion/pair work task- what do students think makes a good presentation? I personally use flip chart paper and have students present their ideas back, however this can be adapted. 3) Two YouTube clips (links on PowerPoint) one a good example, one a bad example. Students can be asked to take notes in pairs or individually, for feedback. After discussion, a list of answers/responses on each video is shown on the presentation. 4) Students asked what they think are the six most important pieces of advice when conducting a presentation. Worksheet for this task is provided. I used this lesson specifically for L1 and L2 Functional Skills English students in preparation for their speaking and listening exams, however it can be used as a more general introduction to presentation skills.
Writing emails- looking at the structure, layout language and techniques used, with two activities
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Writing emails- looking at the structure, layout language and techniques used, with two activities

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Warm up task (word document) photographs of public spelling mistakes for students to identify and correct. Some are amusing and ridiculous and this quick task will get students thinking. Main lesson aims and objectives: Aim: For students to recap on spelling punctuation and grammar, and write an email response in line with the FS English writing exam. Objectives: Recognise and correct the mistakes in the proof reading task. Work as a group to complete and provide feedback on the task. Write an informal email in reply to the warm up task, using the correct language and features in line with FS English exam mark scheme. Example email- discussion point for the layout and different components. The example has many spelling mistakes, and I split it up into 4 sections , allocated groups (or pairs) one section each to identify and correct the spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. The different sections are split on to separate slides in order to aid feedback. Task: using the email from the previous task- students asked to compose a response- instructions and a checklist given on the slide- this will give students practice of writing informal emails which can be applied to wider skills. Task: writing a formal email - instructions shown on the slide. This task can be given as homework if there is no time. The task is primarily geared towards the FS English exam but can be used for more broad and wider skills.
L1/L2 FS English compound sentences
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L1/L2 FS English compound sentences

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L1 or L2 English grammar/writing class focussed on sentence writing specifically compound sentences. Lots of varied sentences and activities, writing own sentences and identifying sentences PowerPoint presentation which also serves as a lesson plan, with activities throughout, group tasks, paired tasks and individual tasks Dictionary hunt/game warm up activity Matching clauses game (can be adapted to suit a whole group games or paired Email without mistakes- teacher’s copy Email with mistakes to correct (and used further on to identify some compound sentences)
Writing a letter of complaint lesson plan & resources (Functional Skills L1 and L2)
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Writing a letter of complaint lesson plan & resources (Functional Skills L1 and L2)

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The Power Point presentation goes through the key aspects of writing a letter of complaint. The lesson was originally aimed at FS English level 1 and 2 students but can be adapted to other levels. Activities include: Main letter writing task - instructions on PP presentation Fun warm up task- students chose the true and false complaints (answers on PP presentation) A short task with key phrases which may be found in a letter of complaint. Each phrases has specific preposition missing, which students must choose from the list provided. Idea for a warm up task of closing/revision task. Printable checklist corresponding to lesson content for students to refer to when writing their letter of complaint
Entry Level 3 English writing revision booklet with activities, tips, practise, questions, gapfill
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Entry Level 3 English writing revision booklet with activities, tips, practise, questions, gapfill

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This booklet acts as a revision guide for the EL3 FS English qualification, specifically City and Guilds but can be tailored to other exam boards. 1. A gap fill exercise about what to expect on the exam 2. How to use the question to make a plan and draft 3. Making your plan 4. Writing your draft 5. Writing your final piece 6. Space to complete the final piece. The guide takes students through the whole process of a written task with spaces for them to write ideas/plan/draft/final throughout. There is also a short vocab re-cap and formal/informal language recap.
Spelling rules with spelling activity
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Spelling rules with spelling activity

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The PowerPoint presentation goes through some common spelling rules/patterns in a basic manner. There are lots of opportunities to list new words and practice the rules throughout, so you can make it as long or as short as you wish/need. 1. I and E 2. Silent letters 3. Y to I 4. Double consonants 5. Q and U The worksheet is a gap fill activity with two options to choose the correct spelling version, all based in the above 5 categories. It is based upon a lottery win, and what the lady would do if she won. There are colorful illustrations throughout the activity.