I have recently downloaded the latest City & Guilds L2 practice paper and was astonished with some of the content I found in it. I would like to remind you that the majority of our learner are not at all academically inclined and have failed to achieve an 'c' and in some cases a 'd' in GCSE English. Functional Skills were supposed to have been designed for these very students, to give them the skills required to function in life and work. Then why do I have to teach idiomatic language, cliches, colloquial expressions, tautology and analogy to bricklayer, carpenters, hairdressers etc? Have we lost sight of what we want for these student? Many in the staffroom could not define all of these terms. How will onomatopoeia enhance my engineers ability to turn? How will recognising colloquial expressions help my bricklayers? How will these rhetorical questions benefit the care worker. I am all for transferable skills but let's give them the skills they require for life and work; the real everyday language of communication. I don't have to teach many of these language techniques even in my GCSE classes. Am I going mad?