Wt/L1.1

Plan and draft writing (a) Understand that planning must take account of purpose, context and audience (b) Understand that planning needs to be sufficiently clear and organised to be used as the basis for drafting (c) Know different techniques for planning writing, e.g. notes, lists, diagrams, flow-charts, spidergrams (d) Know when planning and drafting are appropriate and when it is necessary to write something straightaway

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

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Interactive worksheet, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2


How to format and plan a formal letter or email for English functional skills.
Word document / template.

Editor’s note
Two very useful editable Word documents – one for a letter, one for an email.
[5/12/17] Minor edits to the formal letter template

Pick 'n Mix writing task

Submitted by Ruth North on Tue, 2017-06-20 19:50

Literacy: (a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Teaching idea, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

I’m using this activity to give learners a writing frame for a piece of creative writing. I want them to really think about purpose of text when they are creating it, so they have to pick the format, style and tone of their work and plan it out.

Writing about an object

Submitted by Ruth North on Thu, 2017-01-12 20:57

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
Please share your ideas on suitable objects to use for this really creative task. If you are a registered contributor you can log in and leave a comment – otherwise email me using the Contact us link at the bottom of any page.

Planning an effective CV

Submitted by Laura Jeffrey Kiiza on Mon, 2016-09-26 11:43

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

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Informative presentation, Sort or match cards

A couple of resources for planning a CV.

Firstly, I would check learners understand the term ‘Employability’ and, using the letters in the the word, ask learners to come up with ideas for the personal skills and qualities needed to get a job. For example – E – enthusiastic, energetic, M – motivated, multi-talented …etc. I would then move on to the PPT.

The Power Point is fairly straight forward. Work through this but stop to do the card activity (after slide 5). Laminate and cut up the card activity.

Purpose of text - Club sandwich instructions

Submitted by Kereen Smith on Wed, 2013-10-09 13:37

Literacy: Ws/L1.2, Wt/E2.1, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.3, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.2, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5, Wt/L1.6, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Recipe

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Club sandwich instructionsClub sandwich instructionsThis is a simple activity to get learners used to the concept of writing instructive text. It can be used as an introduction to the topic of ‘Purpose of Text’ and is easily adaptable to different contextualised areas e.g.

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.

Writing a film review

Submitted by Danielle Nelson on Sun, 2011-07-24 12:19

Literacy: Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.2, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Writing frame

Useful one page hint / planning sheet for writing film reviews. Accompanied by planning / log sheets where learners can record their ideas about the events and characters.
With teaching ideas and full mapping to E3-L2 Functional English (writing).

Creative writing prompts

Submitted by Fiona Campbell B on Sat, 2011-04-16 15:56

Literacy: Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.3, Wt/L2.6

Resource type: Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

Four completely different ideas to fire your students’ imaginations and put pens to paper.

Music video and lyrics task sheet

Submitted by Fiona Campbell B on Sat, 2011-04-16 13:35

Literacy: Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.2, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.3, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

Writing and ICT task sheet designed to get reluctant writers to put pen to paper. Ideal for teenagers or anyone with an interest in music/video. Mapped to Functional English / ICT.

Fantasy job lesson plan

Submitted by Philip Hinchcliffe on Sat, 2009-09-19 16:25

Literacy: Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Lesson plan

Fantasy job lesson plan is a step by step detailed plan based on Jane Harbord’s popular Fantasy Job Project resource submitted in 2008 (see below). Gets students looking at job adverts and discussing what is required by employers. Great for general literacy classes or employment skills groups.

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