ESOL Ws/E3.1a

Write using complex sentences (i) Understand that the most basic form of complex sentence consists of a main clause and one subordinate clause, and use this kind of sentence, where appropriate, in learners' own writing Example: Dear Mr Allan, I am sorry, I can not attend the interview next Thursday because my English exam is on that day. I handed in my work, although it was not quite finished. (ii) Use common conjunctions to introduce subordinate clauses, expressing time, reason, condition, concession (e.g. although) Example: I was walking along the street when I heard a loud noise behind me. (iii) Use a pronoun such as who, which, where, when, to introduce a relative clause Example: The town where I was born is in the mountains. My brother, the one who works in the bakery, has a motorbike. (iv) Understand that sentences can be amplified by expanding the information around the noun, and apply this, where appropriate, in learners' own writing Example: The older woman who lives down the road… A woman I used to work with… A smartly dressed woman in a black and white coat… A nice young man with a friendly smile… (v) Develop awareness that sentences in more formal texts are likely to be constructed differently from those in less formal ones, e.g. informal texts are likely to use ellipses, and more formal texts are likely to have more complex sentences Example: Hi Sal, Sorry! Can't come to the meeting tomorrow - Les won't give me time off. She says she wants me to finish this job first. Probably see you Thursday. Hamid Dear Mr. Jones I am afraid I can not attend the meeting tomorrow, as I am very busy at work.I hope I will see you at the next meeting. (v) Develop the ability to use different linguistic features appropriately for a range of written genres, depending on learners' interests and need to write

Literacy: Functional English - reading

ESOL: ESOL Lr/E3.2d, ESOL Rt/E3.4a, ESOL Sc/E2.2a, ESOL Sc/E3.4e, ESOL Sd/E3.1d, ESOL Ws/E3.1a

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Ice breaker, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3


4 Oct 2017. Updated information on source material added

A reading activity on legal age limits in different parts of the UK. Includes: education, voting, driving, marriage and work. Based on materials at: http://esol.britishcouncil.org/content/learners/uk-life/be-safe-uk/what-…

The starter is a true / false questionnaire, to elicit prior knowledge and to prompt discussion on age limits, and how the UK consists of four countries with differing laws.

Sentence Types in English Language

Submitted by Tony Merrett on Mon, 2016-02-29 11:22

Pre-entry: Sentence Focus

Literacy: Ws/E1.1, Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/L1.1, Ws/L2.1

ESOL: ESOL Ws/E1.1a, ESOL Ws/E2.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.1a, ESOL Ws/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/L2.1a

Resource type: Handout or guide

Level: E3, L1, L2

This handout describes the basic sentence types as used in the English language. It can be used to introduce or reinforce the concepts.

Editor’s note
This also makes a useful handout / reminder for vocational teachers who are embedding Functional English.

Grandma's story: Living in the Outback

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2011-12-29 14:00

Literacy: Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/E3.2, Ws/L1.1, Ws/L1.2, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.2, Wt/L1.1

Pre-entry: Text Focus (interest)

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E3.1a, ESOL Rt/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.2a, ESOL Ws/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/L1.2a, ESOL Wt/E3.1a, ESOL Wt/E3.2a, ESOL Wt/L1.1a

Free tags: Australia, Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

A first person autobiographical account of life in outback Australia.
Exercises include comprehension questions using when, where etc.
A revision of past tense verbs – regular and irregular.
A fill the gap using the correct verb tense.
A writing prompt for students to write about themselves – emphasising the use of conjunctions and short paragraphs.
A Wordsearch.
Includes a glossary of Australian words used in the text.

Using common conjunctions

Submitted by Lisa Smith on Wed, 2011-11-02 00:00

Literacy: Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/L1.1, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Ws/E2.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.1a, ESOL Ws/L1.1a

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Crossword, Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment


A set of resources which explains the use of conjunctions and worksheets to practice using them correctly. Eight common conjunctions are covered in 5 different worksheets, along with a useful handout and a related word fill puzzle to check understanding.
Mapped to Entry Level 2 Functional English and E2-L1 Adult Literacy

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