Ptlls Functional Skills

Explain ways to embed elements of Functional Skills in your specialist area.

This assignment provides my definition of functional skills, highlighting their importance both in education and life and identifying ways in which I use these skills in my ESOL tutoring.

The application of basic skills in English, Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is called Functional Skills.   Application of these elements provides individuals with the abilities and skills to work confidently, effectively, and independently, to make progress in life.

Functional skills are important because their use enables an individual to function in our modern world.   They apply to everyone and are essential and transferable life skills.

Examples of what functional skills enable an individual to do are activities such as reading letters, using a computer, personal budgeting, planning journeys, baking a cake, sitting an exam, surfing the internet, learning to drive and even playing a game of bingo.   This list highlights only a small number of activities that incorporates the application of functional skills in daily living.

Functional skills foster growth and development, providing a healthy platform upon which to build and make progress.

In my role as a voluntary ESOL tutor, I embed elements of functional skills by teaching learners English as a basic skill, and include activities that apply the English they have learned as a functional skill.

An example of this is the end of term party when we learn an English song that is played on the CD player.   Even in this fun experience, learners are practising the correct pronunciation of English words.

Other examples of embedding functional skills in the ESOL class are listening and repeat exercises, counting in English, reading aloud and learners describing the activities required when following a recipe.

Application of ICT in the ESOL class is unlikely to succeed until the learner has reached a level of...