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This shop produces functional skills English Language (nonfictional) resources, for both Reading & Writing... Introductory resources are currently in use and being updated. As well as much vocationally-based stuff, too!

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This shop produces functional skills English Language (nonfictional) resources, for both Reading & Writing... Introductory resources are currently in use and being updated. As well as much vocationally-based stuff, too!
New Functional Skills English - Blog Writing
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New Functional Skills English - Blog Writing

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This session has been made with original documents, created for specific purpose. Introduce your students to blogging and what is required for the new Functional Skills exams. This covers: Personal Blogs Professional Blogs Purpose Language Layout An example written, based on included planning. Annotations and planning tasks. Two options for a summative assessment task (with a planning sheet) All images taken from www.pixabay.com - where all top quality images are free for use, even for commercial purposes. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
New Functional Skills English - Course Multipack
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New Functional Skills English - Course Multipack

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This better-than-half-price pack includes 10+ individual sessions and a 30 page Revision Workbook covering various aspects of both Reading and Writing; relating to the new spec for C&G but can be used widely. Because they’re created for resit students, they are quite dense and whereas I create them for 1.5 and 3hr sessions…one session may last a week. I’ve also included fully resources 6 week crash course set! Covers both Reading and Writing: Discern Titles Read for Purpose and Mood/Tone Identify Interpret Summarise & Compare (Free - see link) Fiction and Nonfiction Features Language and Format Matching Features to Purpose and Audience Planning/Writing - Formal/Informal Letters and Emails Speeches Formal/Informal Reports Blogs Articles Instructions This constitutes a year’s worth of resources with a mixture of themes and varied documents. With a basic scheme of work, a revision book which can used as homework or assessment and a full set of assessments in the making. For a free preview, please download this: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-functional-skills-english-summary-and-comparison-apprenticeships-12245602 Some clearly differentiated, others can be but you have to do that onthe-spot - as in, getting students of differing ability to complete a plan and/or opening, rather than a whole piece of writing (for example). See individual resources for more details! =-)
New Functional Skills English - 30 page Revision Workbook & PPT
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New Functional Skills English - 30 page Revision Workbook & PPT

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Including the Subject Content Statements in colour-coded, comparative format, this 30 page booklet can be distributed and displayed in PDF format and written on with Microsoft Edge. Likewise, it can be printed in A4 in booklet form, which looks really nice and works well going through it with a small group. It can also be taught - lecture-style - with a 49 slide, fully animated, answers Powerpoint. Take your students through the main skills of the FS new spec. With detailed language feature grid, a multitude of tasks and activities, as well as a number of exam-style questions. This can be used in classes, as a guided workshop set or it can be given as independent study. Aimed at both L1 and L2 students, it could also be used with lower GCSE and Adult groups, too. A free Punctuation book is also available from our partner GCSE English Language shop - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/english-language-punctuation-workbook-and-answer-booklet-12225126 All images have been taken from www.pixabay.com, where all top quality images are free, even for commercial purposes. Extracts have been written by myself and one is referenced accordingly. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
New Functional English - Writing Emails/Letters & Punctuation
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New Functional English - Writing Emails/Letters & Punctuation

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This little set is completely animated with step-by-step/click-by-click animation - including a Formal Letter Structure guide and an overview of punctuation which has been differentiated through E3, L1 & L2. There is an example formal/informal letter which is also a formal language assessment task in which student must cross out informal choices of language. Additionally, there is a summative writing task and templates for writing either a formal email or letter. Finally, a reflection slide for proofreading and correct errors… As usual, any feedback would be greatly appreciated and please offer any improvements or criticisms. Always willing to improve! =-) All images have been taken from www.pixabay.com - where all images, of top quality, are free to use, even for commercial purposes.
New Functional Skills English - Report Writing - Weather
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New Functional Skills English - Report Writing - Weather

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Didn’t find much on here by way of Report Writing - so thought I’d put my own together. Covers informative writing and includes: Example report written about informative language features and their use. Informative Language Features Annotation Task Task on Facts/Opinions Planning Exercise Homework Actual report writing based on homework completion. Refers, in part, to C&G new spec but could be adapted to fit others easily I would also recommend you get this: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/nature-environment/order-your-free-wild-weather-poster Happy teaching!
New Functional Skills English - Summary & Comparison - Apprenticeships
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New Functional Skills English - Summary & Comparison - Apprenticeships

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This session has two documents which I’ve created myself - specifically for purpose and generically enough for use with a range of vocational students studying English. The topic: Becoming an Apprentice. Start with a simple pairs task. Practise determining purpose and tone, locate and summarise main points, compare and synthesise ideas… It isn’t incredibly detailed but it does work well for reading and writing practice and it has slides with comparative phrasing - which are also A3 posters for display in the classroom. Differences are there just for reference as similarities is where the focus lies. It also shows what level of effort I put into my resources. Please take a look at my shop - more resources are in the works A free Punctuation book is also available from our partner GCSE English Language shop - https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/english-language-punctuation-workbook-and-answer-booklet-12225126 Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! This is quite popular but no reviews =-)
New Functional Skills English - Writing Instructions
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New Functional Skills English - Writing Instructions

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This is a mini session for level 1 learners. The Instruction Writing question has appeared in exams and is one that has puzzled a few teachers. Keeping it simple, it covers sentences, some punctuation and has a couple of tasks and examples.
Functional Skills English - E3 - L1 Reading Starter
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Functional Skills English - E3 - L1 Reading Starter

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Just a quick worksheet, with basic reading questions, that isn’t bad for starting any session, really. Aimed at Entry Level - the questions and text are very easy to complete/access. Popular amongst my own students, I found a shareable image from www.pixabay.com, and thought I’d share. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
New Functional Skills English - Language Features Intro & Reading Skills for Exam
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New Functional Skills English - Language Features Intro & Reading Skills for Exam

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New Functional Skills quals have changed of late and some of the expectations of students have become more intense. This session attempts to introduce reading skills and language features with the focus being on Alliteration and Expert Opinions. This session would lead well into a session on Bias. Alliterative Music Mini Quiz Expert opinions Layout Features 2 Health/Exercise related articles. New SPec Exam-style questions.
New Functional Skills English - Reading L1 & 2 Space
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New Functional Skills English - Reading L1 & 2 Space

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This differentiated lesson is designed to last 3 hours and is modeled on the new C&G exams for both L1 & L2. It is a professionally animated ppt presentation with animated annotations and step-by-step, click-by-click animation throughout. It has a number of handouts, to complete tasks but can also be used without a couple of them, as I’d just get them to draw tables into their books. Learning outcomes have been differentiated, as well as most tasks. It also includes two sets of 12 reading questions for both L1 & L2. The questions for each level are very different in the new specification and so this differentiation took some work! I created it to dollow on from a previous Space-themed reading & writing session which is also in my shop. Take a look! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-functional-skills-english-l1-2-reading-and-article-writing-space-12214592 Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. All images taken from www.pixabay.com, where all top quality images are free to use, even for commercial purposes.
New Functional Skills English L1/2 - Reading & Article Writing – Space
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New Functional Skills English L1/2 - Reading & Article Writing – Space

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Adventure through the Solar System with this engaging, visually impressive and unique Functional Skills English session! Practise exam-style reading questions, based on the new spec C&G exam papers and then flow straight into using these original and author-created documents to inspire and guide through article writing. Differentiate with word count and let L1 learners have a little go of comprehension+ for L2…I also changed the audience aim of the writing to fit with vocational areas like children for childcare students and so on… All images taken from www.pixabay.com - where all images are free to use, even for commercial purposes. =-)
New English Functional Skills - Skills Overview
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New English Functional Skills - Skills Overview

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Takes the whole group to the same educational end via tasks which are progressive through two 1hr sessions (or so). It looks at ‘explicit’ and ‘implicit’ definitions and examples. It uses a how to stay safe at a concert video to start with and has questions on the handout. There are a couple of basic reading tasks and a group activity with a map link and matching 10 questions. Looks briefly at 6 non-fictional layouts and has a pairs, matching, game with instructions for peer questioning. There is a template and suggestions for a mock article and an example basic article with an annotations task. There is a mini homework task at the end. All images are my own or taken from www.pixabay.com - where all incredibly good quality images and videos are free, even for commercial purposes.
New Functional Skills English - 6 Week Crash Course L1-2 - General Health & Safety
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New Functional Skills English - 6 Week Crash Course L1-2 - General Health & Safety

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This was designed to help prepare upon return from lockdown. We have a number of students, however, whom might be sitting online exams at home. So with this in mind, this 6 week pack includes: A pair of Reading Initial Assessments (Hair & Beauty/Engineering) A 30 page Crash Course Workbook A 60 slide Powerpoint Presentation There are a number of fun and interesting tasks which can be taught with the presentation. PPT is fully animated with most answers and so this could even be sent out to parents to home school and help their children plan. All images taken from www.pixabay.com, where all top quality images are free to use - even for commercial purposes.
New Functional Skills English - Reading Revise/Assess - Now Wash Your Hands
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New Functional Skills English - Reading Revise/Assess - Now Wash Your Hands

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Here is a little free session on Hand-washing and Coronavirus (Covid-19). Contextually appropriate, this contains two nonfictional sources and is aimed at L1/2 students. It can be used as a revision session or an assessment one and has answers in a powerpoint slide set. The previews on here are a bit rubbish. Download and run the slideshow yourself, to see how it works. The writing also looks better than the preview shows! Again, any feedback would be greatly appreciated. All images have been taken from www.pixabay.com where all top quality images and short videos are free to use, even for commercial purposes.
English Language - Features Overview, Annotate & Assess (L1/2)
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English Language - Features Overview, Annotate & Assess (L1/2)

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This double session is intended for 3 hours but could be extended over a few sessions and contains 40 slides & an 8 page hand out. It is meant to follow my Language Features intro’ session and then features the main acronym running through all my resources. Effectively, students create a language guide to carry forward through the year, or for revision at home. Explore both fictional and nonfictional features of language - Word Classes Sentence Forms & Purposes Listing Repeating Letters Figurative Features Persuasive; Informative & Explanatory Features This is quite detailed and is essentially 2-3 sessions in one. It is littered with task boxes and guided annotations via step-by-step/click-by-click animations. There are two main ways for delivery, either teacher-led or student-led. Teacher-led, requires a prescriptive approach: providing the annotations and answers upfront. This can get quite monotonous but splitting it up will be necessary. Approaching this way, would be an introductory approach. Student-led requires the opposite: holding back the answers and annotations and letting students find them, either independently or together, before providing any answers. All images taken from www.pixabay.com, where all top quality images are free for use, even for commercial purposes. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! =-)
New Functional Skills English - Informal Emails
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New Functional Skills English - Informal Emails

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Break up the monotony of formal writing with some solid examples of informal approaches. This session has links to a multitude of upcoming movie trailers - simply click on each mini image, on the slide, in turn, and close each screen once they have finished. There are a number to choose from so that you can extend the session in a number of ways. I have mixed classes so I chose trailers for a number of different audiences. the hand out was designed by a colleague of mine and has 3 boxes which can be copied and pasted onto a second page in word, should you wish you use the lot of them. - A second session is also included for free, which logically follows on to review writing. Hope it is helpful! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. =-) All images taken from www.pixabay.com - where all images are free to use, even for commercial purposes.
New Functional Skills English - Writing Speeches
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New Functional Skills English - Writing Speeches

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This session is covering speech writing, language, format and examples with links to videos. Discuss Purpose and Language feature matching, as well as directly addressing the audience and its importance. It is fully animated with click-by-click/step-by-step animation and has some pronoun tasks to cover pronoun use in persuasive writing. There are choices for the summative task and students need to plan for specific purpose, dependent on their choice. All images taken from www.pixabay.com - where all top quality images and videos are free, even for commercial purposes. =-)
New Functional Skills English - Report Writing (Postcards)
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New Functional Skills English - Report Writing (Postcards)

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This lovely looking ppt and handout set is best used with a bolt load of free brochures from The Brochure Bank online. Order as many as you need and they are delivered within 48 hours - free! Practise writing skills, using language features, taking notes from videos and writing persuasive and informative postcards. This leads nicely into Report writing - simply get my session or create one to follow removing the persuasive elements. This lesson is also good because some of the new C&G writing questions are mixing purposes. All images taken from www.pixabay.com - where all top quality images are free to use, even for commercial purposes.
English Language - A3 Nonfiction Feature Card Match
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English Language - A3 Nonfiction Feature Card Match

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Just a card matcher game/activity - which uses the acronym A DEEP FOREST (with some doubling up of letters for certain features). It was created to go with this language session which covers much more…including sentences and lists… https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/english-language-language-feature-overview-l1-2-12254117
New Functional Skills English - Reading & Writing - Mandalorian Review
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New Functional Skills English - Reading & Writing - Mandalorian Review

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This uses a cinema booking page and a TV show review. The former being aimed at L1 and the latter, L2. It guides through determining purpose & tone, via the use of sentence types and purposes - as well as revisiting persuasive features, previously explained. There are a multitude of animations which demonstrate and explain how Document 1’s purpose can be determined. After guidance, all students are encouraged to have a go at Document 2. L1 students may need support with that one and there are slides with quotations selected to get them started. Finish off with an email creati a set of relayed instructions to a friend, from Document 1 - after a bit of vocabulary replacement research. All images taken from www.pixabay.com where all images are free to use, even for commercial purposes. Documents were created by me and, though unmarked, are subject to copyright.