Functional Skills

Explain ways to embed functional skills in your specialist area.
(200 – 300 words)

In order to equip learners with the essential skills, knowledge and understanding to operate confidently, effectively and independently either at work or in life, I will ensure that I introduce functional skills. Hence, it is imperative to embed English, Maths and Information technology in my teaching.

I will embed literacy skills by encouraging effective listening and communication through open discussion during sessions as well group discussions. I will encourage learners to write and speak clearly, either by asking them to make an oral presentation or write a report, journal or essay to assess and support their written and verbal progress. I will ask learners to read loudly paragraphs and encourage other learners to listen as listening helps clarify understanding.

Even when teaching a subject such as English language, it is possible to embed Maths in teaching. I can ask learners to describe in English how to solve a mathematical problem. It is also possible to ask learners to analyse, explain and read charts. I may focus on key words used for reasoning to draw conclusions and ask learners to justify how these conclusions are reached.

As for ICT, I will ask learners to write essays using word process to encourage them to learn and use word processing tool. I will also use email to communicate with them to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to use a computer and how to reply to emails. I will also ask them to search the internet for information, this would enable and support them to safely surf the net.

Functional ICT skills
Individuals with functional ICT skills are confident and capable when using ICT systems and tools to meet a variety of needs in a range of contexts. They are able to:
    • use ICT to find, select and bring together relevant information
    • develop, interpret and exchange information for a purpose
    • apply ICT safely to...