Speaking & Listening


As part of the functional skills English exam we take a look at speaking and listening skills. What is the purpose of these skills and why do we learn them specifically. In this short video we explain some of the ways we can employ good techniques and how they can help us get ahead.

Downloadable video for tutors is available here



Improving your reading skills can be a massive benefit to work, family life and tackling exams. Take a look at this video for some extra info on why, and how, they can help.

Downloadable video for tutors is available here


Improving your writing skills are useful for exams, work and helping the kids. In this video we look at how improving your writing skills can help with all of these.

You can find the downloadable video here


Perhaps you’ve heard that no one cares about your grades once you leave school. While that holds some truth, it is equally true that most potential employers do care about writing skills. They care so much that they bemoan the poor preparation of many students who have completed degrees. When so many candidates are poor writers, someone who writes well is bound to stand out and succeed.

Writing skills as crucial, yet there is a steady erosion in the writing abilities of students. The summary of a study published in Personnel Update states: “Writing skills … of executives are shockingly low, indicating that schools and colleges dismally fail with at least two-thirds of the people who pass through the education pipeline coming out unable to write a simple letter.”

Functional skills English

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