Teaching Functional Skills - course programme

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Teaching Functional Skills - course programme

  1. 1. Functional Skills Development Course West Suffolk ConsortiumCourse OutlineThis five session, intensive training course will equip you with the necessary skills, practicalknowledge and resources to enable you to tackle the challenge of classroom delivery of functionalmaths and English. Delivered by two experienced practitioners and teacher educators the coursecovers generic themes in sessions one and five, with specific input relevant to either FunctionalMaths or English in sessions two, three and four with resources and teaching approaches modelledby the tutors. After the first generic session participants can choose to follow either the English orMaths specialist route. Week 1 Introduction Week 2 Week 2 English Maths Week 3 Week 3 English Maths Week 4 Week 4 English Maths Week 5 ReviewGeneric ThemesThe first workshop introduces some key messages about Functional Skills and related teachingapproaches that underpin the delivery of the course. These are then explored in different wayswithin the two specialist strands of the course -  the importance of developing Personal Learning and Thinking Skills alongside Functional Skills  problem solving strategies  active learning approaches  integrated approaches to delivery  revision strategies  use of e-learning tools
  2. 2. Functional English specialist route – three sessions covering:-  a review of the demands of FE assessments  active learning approaches to developing reading and writing  developing awareness of context, audience and purpose  planning a piece of writing and organising ideas  exploring grammar: sentence structure, connectives, common errors  tips on supporting with spelling  use of e learning tools  integrating speaking and listening skillsFunctional Maths specialist route – three sessions covering:-  a review of the demands of functional maths across all levels  group, collaborative tasks  problem solving techniques  entry level specific issues  levels 1 and 2 specific issues  active revision & exam technique  accelerated learning techniques for maths  calculator skill developmentThroughout the programme a range of useful websites and free resources will be explored andrecommended. The course will be fully supported throughout its length via a blog so thatparticipants can collaborate and communicate between sessions, with on-line moderation from thetutors.

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