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How to Analyse Texts in Relation to Audience Needs: Functional Skills English


How to pass Functional Skills English Level 2? Preparation is the name of the game and this video gives you an insight in to one of the most important questions in the exam.  Get a past paper to work through once you have watched the video and take note – this is worth five whole marks in the exam.  If you get this question right then the chances are you can pass the exam – of you get it wrong then you could fail. This question assesses standard L2.2.5 (analyse texts in relation to audience needs and consider suitable responses).   This means that, on paper at least, this is quite a challenging question but follow the instructions in the video – and practice on past exam papers – and you should do really well on this question!

How Meaning is Conveyed: Functional Skills English Reading Level 2


The changes to Level 2 Functional Skills English in 2015 and 2016 have sent teachers in to something of a panic but when you read between the lines, although the examination is more challenging, some of the changes are not much more than skin deep.  There was, in previous versions, a question where students could pick up 3 points very easily – where they spotted three features which helped to convey information.

This has now disappeared.  The replacement question asks them to explain two ways the writer of a text (usually C) tries to convince the reader of something.  The answers are in a different format to the old question (and students have to be more careful with their responses) but the four marks they can now pick up are attainable if they ‘box clever’.

Here’s a video which explains the question and the method which should be used to get all the marks.

GCSE English: Language Features - Intensifiers


GCSE English covers a number of language features – quite a lot in fact! Any number of them can appear in the exam and students must be able to both recognise and explain them. The video you are watching covers intensifiers – which are often hidden in plain sight. 

Finding language features in a text may sound straightforward but in an examination situation, with the added pressure of time constraint and nerves, it can quickly become like one of the labours of Hercules. This video about intensifiers – one of a series on language features found in GCSE English – aims, in plain and simple English, to enable students to recognise this particular language feature. It also suggests the kind of response (a technique) might gain marks in the exam. Enjoy!

If you would like to see more of our videos all at once, please visit our YouTube Channel, Teaching and Learning Resources for Me.

Changes to Functional Skills English Level 2 Exams – 2016


What are the changes to the Level 2 Edexcel Functional Skills English exams? This video aims to help teachers who need to get to grips with the content of the new exam paper. This is both in terms of the way it looks (both paper-based and online) to the type of questions that are asked in the exam. How has it changed and what are the new, increased demands on students and/or pupils. What kind of questions will they get and, more importantly, what kind of answers do they have to give? Watch this video and hopefully some of your fears will be allayed!

Classroom Assessment Techniques: Characteristics and Examples


Classroom assessment techniques help you to evaluate how well your students are doing. Do your students fully understand the course you are delivering and, if not, what is the extent of their understanding and learning?

Moreover, classroom assessment techniques allow you to measure the success of your own teaching strategies. This video introduces you (or perhaps more likely, reintroduces old friends) to a number of classroom assessment techniques which might help you improve both the amount of learning that gets done in your classroom and to enable you to gauge the extent of the success of your teaching strategies.

Creating a Form in Excel - A 3 Minute Tutorial


How do you create a data entry form in Microsoft Excel? This video shows you how to in a few easy steps.  It may not be the most complex of forms but most people fall down at the first hurdle with these – often the instructions (and assumed knowledge) are so complex that it leaves people bewildered and unlikely to continue.

This video gives you a good idea of what they can do in a little over three minutes.  Not bad!

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