English Level 2

Introduction

Functional Skills English qualifications at Level 2 indicate that learners should be able to speak, listen, communicate, read and write clearly, accurately, confidently and with effectiveness. Learner also need to know how to apply functional skills to a range of formal and informal contexts, in the workplace and in real life.

Our Aim

Speaking, Listening and Communicating

At level 2, student will learn to:

  • Identify relevant information and lines of argument in explanations and presentations
  • Follow narratives and lines of argument
  • Respond effectively to detailed and extended questions and feedback
  • Make requests and ask detailed and pertinent questions to obtain specific information in a range of contexts
  • Communicate information, idea and opinions clearly and effectively, providing further detail and development if required
  • Express opinions and arguments and support them with relevant and persuasive evidence
  • Use language that is effective, accurate and appropriate to context and situation
  • Make relevant and constructive contributions to move discussion forward
  • Adapt contributions to discussions to suit audience, purpose and medium
  • Interject and redirect discussion using appropriate language and register
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name

Reading

At level 2, student will learn to:

  • Identify the different situations when the main points are sufficient and when it is important to have specific details
  • Compare information, ideas and opinions in different texts, including how they are conveyed
  • Identify implicit and inferred meaning in texts
  • Understand the relationship between textual features and devices, and how they can be used to shape meaning for different audiences and purposes
  • Use a range of reference materials and appropriate resources (e.g. glossaries, legends/keys) for different purposes, including to find the meanings of words in straightforward and complex sources
  • Understand organisational features and use them to locate relevant information in a range of straightforward and complex sources
  • Analyse texts, of different levels of complexity, recognising their use of vocabulary and identifying levels of formality and bias
  • Follow an argument, identifying different points of view and distinguishing fact from opinion
  • Identify different styles of writing and writer’s voice

Writing

At level 2, student will learn to:

  • Punctuate writing correctly using a wide range of punctuation markers (e.g. colons, commas, inverted commas, apostrophes and quotation marks)
  • Use correct grammar (e.g. subject-verb agreement, consistent use of a range of tenses, definite and indefinite articles) and modality devices (e.g. to express probability or desirability)
  • Spell words used in work, study and daily life, including a range of specialist words
  • Communicate information, ideas and opinions clearly, coherently and effectively
  • Organise writing for different purposes using appropriate format and structure (e.g. standard templates, paragraphs, bullet points, tables)
  • Convey clear meaning and establish cohesion using organisational markers effectively
  • Use different language and register (e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, specialist words), suited to audience and purpose
  • Construct complex sentences consistently and accurately, using paragraphs where appropriate

There was a time when I would never have considered being a project manager, but I’m not far behind that now.

Charlie Chandler

degree apprentice

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