The third editions of Making Britain Numerate and Making Britain Literate are now available. Both editions contain additional worked examples and resources which help support achievement of functional skills and GCSE, and can be used as self-study guides and/or in-class support. In each of the books, the focus of some of the resources is on engagement with contemporary social issues. The books are designed both to support learners directly and to support tutors in supporting their learners.
“The books contain a detailed analysis of the main issues surrounding the development of learners’ literacy, language and numeracy skills as well as a wide range of ideas, methods and up-to-date contextualised materials. The resources offer worked examples and a step by step guide through all areas required for achievement of functional skills maths and English (including numerous reading, writing, discussion and presentation exercises).”
Campaign for Learning (Learning at Work Day E-Newsletter, ‘Functional Skills: essential resources’, May 17th 2012)
The books focus on the areas of difficulty that many learners face with numeracy, literacy and language, and offer solutions in the form of a range of ideas, methods and resources to resolve those difficulties.
- Offers a range of ideas and strategies for improving learners’ literacy and language skills.
- Comes in the form of a workbook which contains a range of L1 and L2 literacy exercises (including spelling, vocabulary, punctuation and grammar).
- Considers (through examples and exercises) how tenses can be learnt in the context of comparing the use of one tense in relation to another.
- Offers a critique of, and an alternative to, current initial and diagnostic assessments (paper or computer-based) in the form of L1 and L2 learning assessments together with a rationale for their use, and the answers.
- Acts as a guide and support for tutors in developing their learners’ literacy and language skills.
- Is divided into 2 sections, entitled, ‘How is English used today?’ and ‘English as an Additional Language (EAL), English for Speakers of Other Languages.’
- Examines the effects of social class on language and learning.
- Reflects on the theory and practice of learning English.
- Was developed as a result of working with a wide range of learners from a wide range of backgrounds in a wide range of environments.
- Is suitable for learners studying functional skills on work-based or college apprenticeship programmes.
- Draws upon studies, from employers’ organisations and government bodies, detailing the effects of poor literacy skills upon individuals and employers.
- Is rooted in a high level of expectations of students and tutors.
- Took some inspiration from the literacy and ESOL subject specialist courses studied at Bedford College.
- Features a range of very favourable reviews.
- Reached the final of the people’s book prize for non-fiction in 2009/2010 (see www.peoplesbookprize.com)