Use formal and informal language appropriate to purpose and audience (a) Understand that formality of language is a continuum, from informal speech with friends and family, through to formal, official written language (b) Know how to judge the appropriate level of formality suitable for different types of writing tasks and contexts, e.g. a letter to a friend, a safety report for work

Writing a report (local hospitality provision)

Submitted by Cathy Barton on Tue, 2008-08-26 16:53

Literacy: Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

6 page pack of examples, proof reading tasks and excellent explicit examples of how to rewrite sentences (written in the 1st person) to the more formal 3rd person. Written for NVQ 1-2 catering students working on their ‘local hospitality provision’ project but suitable for other report writing tasks.

Unusual football injuries

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Tue, 2008-02-26 16:53

Literacy: Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.3, Wt/L2.5

Context: Sport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Writing prompts

Unusual football injuries is an interesting and fun writing task that also helps with reading skills, using language fit for purpose and logical structure.

Weird food

Submitted by Janet Wilkins on Mon, 2008-02-25 16:53

Literacy: Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.3, Wt/L2.5

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Writing prompts

Weird Food is another interesting and fun writing task that also helps with research skills and using language fit for purpose.

Formal and informal letter writing

Submitted by Robert Holt on Wed, 2007-07-18 17:18

Literacy: Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5, Wt/L2.4, Wt/L2.5

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: L1, L2

Letters presentation is a great way to introduce formal and informal letter writing. Takes you through the purpose and style of informal/formal letters and then gives a detailed example of a formal letter of complaint. Final slide has an excellent set of follow-up exercises.

Stray dogs

Submitted by Gill Clark on Sat, 2007-01-06 17:19

Literacy: Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.2, Wt/L2.3, Wt/L2.4, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6, Wt/L2.7

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Level: L2

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

A super idea for writing informal and formal letters (a writing frame is provided for the formal letter).

Discovering sentences

Submitted by Jennifer Baines on Tue, 2006-07-11 17:11

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.

Language: informaI, formal or slang?

Submitted by Imogen Stewart on Thu, 2006-04-13 17:12

Literacy: Rw/L1.1, Rw/L1.2, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Interactive presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, Worksheet or assignment

Two resources based on ‘Little Britain’: aimed at teenage students but can be adapted for other groups. The introductory PPT cleverly introduces the idea of formality/informality by looking at dress codes, ‘chavs’ and Vicky Pollard from Little Britain! Then moves on to give good examples of formal/informal language and slang.
The accompanying PDF file includes: matching slang to more formal language, writing definitions of slang that you use, listening activities using the Little Britain Audio CD.

Formal letters - spelling and crossword

Submitted by Margaret Adams on Sun, 2005-11-27 14:01

Literacy: Rw/L2.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Ww/L1.1, Ww/L2.1

Resource type: Crossword, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

Use a customised LSCWC (Look – say – cover – write – check) chart to learn spellings, then check learning the following week with a crossword.

Looking at letters

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sat, 2005-02-05 01:00

Literacy: Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5, Wt/L2.4, Wt/L2.5

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

Take a detailed look at the purpose, intended audience and language of letters. Fill-in worksheet, teachers’ notes, follow up ideas. Use as preparation for individual letter writing (see ‘letter writing ideas’ below).

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