Senior Cycle Business - Literacy & Numeracy



Literacy in Business


The Trinity Immigrant Initiative has produced resources for a wide variety of topics as part of the English Language Support Programme.  There are resources for six out of the seven Business Units.  Click below to access the resources for each unit.


Unit 1: People in Business

Unit 2: Enterprise 

Unit 3: Managing 1

Unit 4: Managing 2

Unit 5: Business in Action

Unit 6: Domestic Environment



Teaching Keywords




Students need to encounter new words up to 17 times before they become part of their everyday vocabulary. Here are 17 ways to ensure students repeat and use keywords often.  Note: although the examples given here are Science based, the methodologies are applicable in all subjects.



Graphic Organisers


Graphic Organisers may help to improve literacy. When students are juggling new concepts, a graphic organiser can be an excellent teaching and learning aid.  


Graphic Organisers for Teaching and Learning

Blank Graphic Organisers for class use (with some samples)

Sample Business exercises for use wth Graphic Organisers

Completed Business Graphic Organisers

Blank Graphic Organisers for printing

Template Graphic Organisers for completion by teacher



Useful Posters


Active Listening Poster

Speaking Poster



Oral Presentations


Student presentations can be an excellent way to improve oral literacy.  The Oral Presentation Evaluation form can provide a structure for students to self assess or peer assess.  Alternatively, the teacher can use it to evaluate the student's presentation.



Websites to Improve Literacy


Puzzlemaker Lots of different types of puzzles to make
Wordlearner Crosswords, wordsearches, bingo, matching and more
Wordsearches Make you own wordsearch
Skillwise Educational website to improve literacy and numeracy in adults
Quizlet Flashcards, Games and Tests
Studystack Flashcards, Matching, Crosswords, Tests, Quizzes
Wordle Create your own Word Cloud
Tagxedo Create your own Word Shape
Question Cube Create a question cube using Blooms Taxomony.  First enter your name, then click on "Create your own cube"



Whole School Approach to Literacy


Developing a whole school approach to literacy is key.  Please see below the two presentations which literacy link teachers will have seen at their inservice.  



Literacy Link Day 1



Literacy Resources


The 'Explicit Instruction Model' could be displayed in your classroom. Click here to download.

An outline of the four steps of explicit instruction have also been uploaded.  Click here to download




Resources from Literacy Link workshops


Semantic Map and Peer Teaching

Cooperative and Group Role Cards

Vocabulary Guidelines and Prefixes

Speaking and Listening Checklist

Reading Checklist

Vocabulary Knowledge Checklist

Writing Checklist

Common Greek and Latin Morphemes

Graphic Organisers






Presentations from Numeracy Link Days



Numeracy Link Day 1


Click here to download



Numeracy Link Day 2


Click here to download



Common Approaches to Numeracy


The following exemplars may be useful for schools when adopting a common approach to various areas of numeracy. It is recommended that the common approach be agreed upon by the maths department first, before being implemented at whole-school level. It is envisaged that these approaches should be used across the curriculum to enhance consistency in the teaching and learning of numeracy across all subjects. The common approaches provided can also be printed out as A3 charts thus creating a numeracy rich environment.


Addition of Fractions


Graphic Analysis










Whole School Approach to Problem Solving


Whole School Questioning Initiative


Extension Tasks



Mathematical Language


Research suggests that mathematical language plays a vital role in students' success of numeracy. Consistency of the language experienced by students is of paramount importance.  


Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin's exemplar offers an approach to teaching mathematical vocabulary that can be adapted for other mathematical terms.


Dr. Máire Ní Ríordáin's Mathematical Register



This resource pack has been planned and developed to support the teaching and learning of numeracy and numerical literacy in JCSP schools and, in particular, the vocabulary, language and communication component of numerical literacy. Please note that this suite of “Keywords of Numeracy” is not exhaustive and teachers may add to and extend the suite as required.



 Keywords of Numeracy



The “Key Definitions in Numeracy” resource book has been planned and developed to support the teaching and learning of numeracy and numerical literacy in JCSP schools. Concise and student-friendly definitions of key concepts, processes and terminology of numeracy are provided in this resource book. An additional suite of key measurement formulae is also provided.


 Key Definitions in Numeracy



Tips for Teachers by Teachers


This is a resource that has been compiled to highlight practical ideas and strategies with enhancing numeracy capacity in schools throughout the country. The ideas have been sourced from practicing teachers. Click here to download a PDF of the book.