ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

John's Crazy Socks

Submitted by Eleanor Kliffen on Sun, 2018-01-21 18:32

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Follow and understand, Plan, compose and draft, Identify main points and detail, Rw/L1.2, Use reading strategies, Engage in Discussion

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: disability rights, Down's Syndrome, Equality and Diversity, inclusion

Context: Business & Money management, Employment skills & Public services

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

A reading comprehension and vocabulary activity suitable for both ESOL and Literacy / Functional Skills. The activities are based on a BBC News article about John Cronin’s online business, John’s Crazy Socks. John, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a co-founder of the business, along with his father, Mark.

In the activity, there are six tasks – prediction, vocabulary, comprehension (reading for gist and detail), gap filling (missing headlines), discussion and writing (a social media comment).

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Identify main points and detail, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)

Free tags: Brexit, conjunction, contrast, EU, government, leisure, public funding, sport

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Learners start by discussing issues around sports funding, before reading Text A, which is adapted from an article published in 2016, following the Brexit vote. There are five comprehension questions.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar), ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Free tags: biography

Context: History, News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An ESOL reading comprehension based on a BBC News report on the death of Stanislav Petrov, who averted a potential Cold War disaster in 1983.

The text contains several examples of past perfect, reported speech and third / mixed conditionals. The activity combines reading for gist, for detail, identifying vocabulary and identifying parts of speech.

Volunteer Job Advert - reading & writing tasks

Submitted by Jane Stringer on Tue, 2017-06-13 16:23

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Free tags: Equality and Diversity

Context: Employment skills & Public services, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This teaching and assessment resource combines reading comprehension and a letter writing task based on an advert for a volunteer role as a Customer Service Assistant for a charity shop.

In Task 1, students read the job advert and answer questions to check their understanding. In Task 2, they make notes about their personal skills and qualities, then draft and write a letter to apply for the volunteer role.

Email writing frames for Functional English

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2012-09-05 16:23

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Writing frame

A set of 9 email templates / writing frames for all levels.
Long ones, short ones, plain ones, shaded ones, some with proof reading tips, one with a focus on using conjunctions. Pick and choose to suit your learners.

With a useful Functional English mapping chart listing all the coverage and range writing statements for each level from E1 – L2.

New Year: history and resolutions

Submitted by Shellyanne Graham on Tue, 2012-01-03 16:32

Literacy: Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Writing: text focus (composition)

ESOL: ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Rt/E3.1a, ESOL Rt/L1.1a

Free tags: New Year

Context: History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is an activity on New Year. It was written for an E3 ESOL class but could be adapted for E2 fairly easily too. There is a reading comprehension, a group activity, writing practice and also an optional cut-up “top Ten” resolutions activity.

I haven’t done a lesson plan to go with the resources as I think they could be easily adapted and used in different ways.

Blue Cross adopt a dog

Submitted by Janet Kinsey on Tue, 2011-06-14 09:27

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: Animal care, farming & equine, Voluntary & Charity

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

This Blue Cross resource was written for strong E3 or L1 (or even L2) ESOL learners. I first used it as a homework exercise. The English on the site is a little quirky but it is an exercise using authentic material which always has its upsides and downsides.

However, it is good on human interests and most people like animals. It involves ICT, Reading and Writing. It’s best to pre-teach the vocabulary.

Also ideal for, and fully mapped to, Functional Skills English Level 1 reading and writng.

Housework

Submitted by Laurence Fletcher on Mon, 2010-05-31 22:13

Literacy: Reading: text focus (comprehension), Rw/E1.1, Writing: text focus (composition)

Pre-entry: Rw/M8.3

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Rw/E1.1a

Free tags: Equality and Diversity, Humour

Context: Independent living

Resource type: Interactive presentation, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Sort or match cards, Writing prompts

Level: M8, E1, E2

Housework videoHousework videoHousework is a set of three related resources:
Housework is a very funny video (with a rather predictable ending!) accompanied by words and jolly music and designed to introduce, complement or summarise the two related resources below.
Although aimed at M8-E2, ESOL/Literacy groups of all levels will enjoy this video and it is bound to prompt disucssion. Supplied as a zipped WMV (Windows Media Video) file (6.8 MB).

Writing ideas for L1-2

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2009-10-06 17:25

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition)

ESOL: ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Writing prompts

A great set of ideas for essay writing – some with ideas for discussion (and often planning tips). Topics are: controversial topics, hero or villain, your neighbourhood, perfect holiday, and visiting a period in time.

Letter writing task sheets

Submitted by Amanda Burgess on Sun, 2008-07-13 16:53

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Writing prompts

Written for L2 literacy and ESOL students. Six lively task sheets cover letters of application, holiday enquiries, letters of complaint and more.
The practical, real life aspect also makes this an ideal resource for Functional English.

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