Functional English - writing

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

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

I wrote this E3 writing task to supplement the E1/2 excellent worksheet by Carrie Bray (see below).
Plan, draft and proof read an email invitation to a friend.

Letter layout

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Tue, 2012-10-02 22:10

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ICT: Developing, presenting and communicating information

Context: Retail Hospitality Customer service

Resource type: Cut and stick, Hands-on / practical activity

Level: L1, L2

A recap exercise where Functional English learners match the correct aspects of formal letter writing together and lay them out in letter format.

This could be printed out and laminated but I usually give my students a printout of the first pages and they cut out the text boxes and arrange them appropriately.

Giving fitness and lifestyle advice

Submitted by Tom Morris on Wed, 2012-09-26 20:44

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Sport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Writing, discussion and research prompts particularly useful for sport students at all levels. Inspired by Carrie Bray’s “Giving beauty/hair advice” resource (see below).

You could cut out scenarios and use them to start a discussion, which could lead into individual or paired research and written responses. I’ve also used them to prompt email and letter writing with templates / frames for lower level learners.

Homophone Horror

Submitted by David Hills on Sun, 2012-09-23 17:00

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing, Ww/L2.1

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A classic anonymous poem that has the correct spelling but the wrong words.

Read the poem aloud to your students before they have sight of it. Then give them page 1 of the work sheet.

Spellings for E3-L2 Functional English

Submitted by Sarah Penneck on Thu, 2012-09-20 21:22

Literacy: Ww/E3.1, Ww/E3.2, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing, Ww/L2.1

Resource type: Dictation, Handout or guide

Level: E3, L1, L2

Many of these common spellings used to crop up regularly in the former Level 1 literacy tests. They will also be useful for Level 1 and Level 2 Functional Skills students.

They have been categorised to make learning more manageable for learners, but some spellings will fit into more than one group.

Proof reading for Functional English

Submitted by Mrs Rajal Naik on Thu, 2012-09-20 20:18

Literacy: Wt/E3.2, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

Seven proof reading exercises that can be used as warm ups or as a main teaching focus. Each text includes spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. Two of the exercises also include paragraphing practice.

The different exercises are designed to expose students to a variety of text formats, giving them an idea of the kind of contextual content and the tone of formality or informality to use and include.

Writing and checking sentences

Submitted by Diane Lambert on Mon, 2012-09-17 20:15

Literacy: Ws/E2.1, Ws/E2.3, Ws/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

Level: E2, E3

This is used to practise writing sentences in a format that is similar to those used for E2 Functional Skills writing assessments.
It includes a checklist for sentences and a reminder to use conjuntions. I use it after teaching the basics of sentences and conjunctions in order to give an opportunity to practise for the writing assessment. Three different tasks (note, email, complaint) plus a blank for your own task ideas.

Editor’s note also a useful check for E3 students.

Writing cards

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-09 20:45

Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing

Context: Independent living

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

A set of cards including birthday, get well, good luck and new baby aimed at E1/ E2 learners. Print them off and fold in half as practise for writing short messages. It may help to elicit suitable phrases from students and discuss suitable layout for their text inside the card.

I also recommend bringing in some sample envelopes to help learners recognise how to lay out a name and address.

Ideal for Entry Functional English writing.

Using imperatives

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2012-09-07 13:56

Literacy: Rs/E2.1, Rs/E3.1, Rt/E2.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: E2, E3, L1

A PPT about imperatives. Students identify imperatives and the language / layout of instructions, then have a go at writing their own.

Editor’s note
For sample instruction texts please to use with this PPT please see Carrie’s “Lasagne instructions” ,“Glass bead steriliser instructions” or “Pancake imperatives” below.

Using conjunctions to add detail

Submitted by Emily Nichols on Wed, 2012-09-05 23:17

Literacy: Apply grammar, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

A simple activity to get learners to think about using a variety of conjunctions to extend simple sentences and add detail. Designed to revise using conjunctions, which learners can then apply to further writing activities.

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