Ws/L2.1

Construct complex sentences (a) Understand that complex sentences have more variety of structure than simple and compound sentences, and that this stops the writing becoming boring (b) Understand that complex sentences always have more than one part (i.e. clause), and the parts are more closely related to each other than two separate sentences (c) Understand that simple or compound sentences are preferable for some types of writing, e.g. instructions or directions (d) Understand that effective writing often uses a mixture of simple, compound and complex sentences

Conjunctive adverbs

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Mon, 2017-12-11 22:33

Literacy: GCSE A5, GCSE A6 SPaG, Ws/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: adverbial conjuncts, adverbs, conjunctive adverbs

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a short explanation with examples of eight sorts of conjunctive adverb arranged by type. There is an activity to complete, as well as some stretch/research activities for differentiation.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to L2 Functional English and GCSE English

Halloween complex sentences

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2017-10-18 19:06

Literacy: Ws/L1.1, Ws/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Halloween

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A series of tasks designed to help learners improve their sentences and hence their writing style. These tasks assume no previous knowledge of complex sentences or subordinating conjunctions. They do assume the learner is familiar with simple sentences (i.e. one clause, one verb) and compound sentences. (See my related Entry Level ‘Halloween Compound Sentences’ resource for more on compound sentences and coordinating conjunctions).

Aimed at L1-2 students but parts could be useful at Entry 3.

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.

Sentence structure and conjunction cards

Submitted by Geoff Saunders on Fri, 2011-09-02 17:39

Literacy: Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/L1.1, Ws/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Level: E3, L1, L2

Correct structure and punctuation is a key feature of Functional English writing and these two sets of matching cards make a good introduction to the topic and will also prompt discussion.
The first set focuses on conjunctions (in compound and complex sentences) and each sentence is split into three (two clause, one conjunction). They can be matched back together in various combinations. (10 sentences)
The second set focuses on a variety of structures and each sentence is split into two.

Clauses and complex sentences

Submitted by Nabeela Shah on Thu, 2011-06-30 18:23

Literacy: Ws/L2.1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: L2

Nice introduction to the tricky topic of complex sentences – followed by a matching exercise. Fully mapped to Functional English and adult literacy.

Discovering sentences

Submitted by Jennifer Baines on Tue, 2006-07-11 16:11

Literacy: Ws/E1.1, Ws/E2.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/E3.4, Ws/L1.1, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.1, Ws/L2.4, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.3, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Another amazing PowerPoint from Jennifer Baines.

Something here for all levels: information, examples and onscreen activities cover a host of topics inc: simple, compound and complex sentences; punctuation; question words; coordinating and subordinating conjunctions; formal letter writing; topic and concluding sentences; a handy ‘Is it a sentence?’ checklist, structuring an argument, linking paragraphs.

Also great for teacher reference.

Complex sentences

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2004-11-29 13:01

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

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

Use subordinating conjunctions to extend simple sentences, with extension activity.

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