Plan, compose and draft

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).

Writing about an object

Submitted by Ruth North on Thu, 2017-01-12 21:57

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Flash cards, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

A set of writing activity cards that are easily differentiated for groups of learners working at a range of levels. Main focus is purpose of text.

Editor’s note
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Drink driving - write a speech

Submitted by Karen Foot on Tue, 2015-03-03 22:29

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Wt/L2.1a

Context: Health and safety, Health, Social care, Early years, Motor vehicles & Transport

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L2

One of the Level 2 Functional English Writing exam papers asked students to write a speech.

I found a speech online and showed them how to use repeated words, emphasis, subheadings and to think about their audience. I then used the Drink Aware website to create this resource to enable students to practise speech writing.

The Interview

Submitted by Diana Sandford on Tue, 2012-06-19 11:34

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing frame, Writing prompts

I developed this simple resource initially as a speaking and listening exercise but quickly discovered I could extend it into a writing activity. The questions are designed not to be too personal. I have used it several times and it has worked well with learners from Entry 1 to Level 2. I particularly like the fact that learners have produced some really excellent writing, which is usually what they find the most difficult.

For the first part of the activiy, learners work in pairs.

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Organise and present text structure, Functional English - writing

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Employment skills & Public services, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

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

This is a resource that was designed for use in a computer classroom. It allows learners to research what is needed in a cover letter to find employment.

A Christmas thank you letter - Functional English

Submitted by Emma Shaw on Wed, 2011-03-30 18:37

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Functional English - reading, Rt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Christmas

Level: E2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

Two sets of reading comprehension questions and a writing task – all based on a thank you letter to a friend. Ideal for, and fully mapped to, E2 Functional English or any literacy lesson that is focusing on informal letters.

Letter writing pack

Submitted by Jill Machin on Tue, 2011-03-22 15:03

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Organise and present text structure, Apply punctuation and capitalisation, Use language style and purpose, Functional English - writing

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

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Cut and stick, Handout or guide, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This wonderful pack of differentiated resources is ideal for mixed ability classes from Entry 1 through to Level 2. It takes the learner through:

  • the layout of formal and informal letters
  • formal and informal language
  • typical vocabulary for formal letters
  • sentences and paragraphs
  • writing a range of letters
  • revision and/or assessment exercises

Includes writing prompts, task sheets, matching /sorting cards, and a many cut and stick exercises.

Fully mapped to the Functional English writing criteria.

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