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Ways to embed elements of Functional Skills-PTLLS

Updated on July 15, 2012
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Explain ways to embed elements of Functional Skills in your specialist area.

This sections relates one of the Theoretical assignments for PTLLS at Level 3. My assignment will be based on me looking to teach Science, Maths and ICT.

P.S: On a kind note, please do not copy anything submitted here and display them in your file. This has been published here, purely to help you gain an idea / understanding of what they expect you to write and how you have to write. You will have to relate to your own subject area, experience in your classroom and lectures while preparing the files. Thank you for your co-operation.

Theory Assignment 5

Functional skills are practical skills in literacy (English), numeracy (Mathematics) and Information and Communication Technology that provide every individual with skills that help them to function independently, effectively and confidently in their life. These skills are essential for further learning, employment since they are basic skills needed for most jobs. So functional skills should be integrated into the curriculum and allow learners to apply these skills in real life. The knowledge within the subject has to be linked with the practical skills, helping them to think creatively.

Literacy (English Skills)

These skills help build the confidence of an individual while reading, writing, speaking and listening. It helps effective communication where information can be passed clearly through either speaking or writing. It helps understand information and act appropriately. It helps to make presentations, write reports, take part in group discussions and analyse ideas and information. It helps present information in a logical sequence, in the correct format using correct grammar.

Numeracy (Mathematics Skills)

These skills help to understand various mathematical concepts, and also how to apply them. It helps increase analytical, problem solving and reasoning skills, identify errors and validate results. It helps use numbers and calculations to process data, solve complex problems and helps with logical working, interpretation and comparison of results in various forms like tables, graphs, charts and diagrams.

ICT (Information and Communication Technology Skills)

These skills help an individual to confidently use ICT systems for various purposes. Individuals can use ICT to interpret information and can also enhance their learning and improve the quality of their work. They can find information from a variety of sources. It also helps with digital or electronic communication, interpretation, storage and retrieval of information.

When I teach science, I will have to embed all of the above skills into the curriculum to help the learner develop the basic skills as they learn the subject.

For example when performing an experiment in a laboratory,

  • The learners will have to use the correct vocabulary and choose the right language to write down the aim of the experiment, and explain the steps to be carried out to perform the experiment, using diagrams where necessary. They will have to interact with each other and refer to various sources, to write down the literature, which will help them improve their reading, speaking and writing skills.
  • They should be able to translate the results after the experiment using graphs, tables and other mathematical calculations. This helps them improve their mathematical, reasoning and logical skills.
  • Learners will also use ICT to look for more information regarding their experiment on the web, and gain ideas from different sources and also will be able to compare, review or evaluate their results or conclusion with the results of the other various sources available, thereby improving their ICT skills. They can also be motivated to use spreadsheets to draw tables and graphs, and use word processor to edit the literature.

P.S: On a kind note, please do not copy anything submitted here and display them in your file. This has been published here, purely to help you gain an idea / understanding of what they expect you to write and how you have to write. You will have to relate to your own subject area, experience in your classroom and lectures while preparing the files. Thank you for your co-operation.

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      livingsta 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you so much eHealer! Nothing more than a compliment like this after a tiring day! Thanks a lot. This sure encourages me!

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      Deborah 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas

      Livingsta, your writing is excellent. I really like your style. This is well thought out and arranged. Thanks for sharing.

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