Wt/L2.6

Use different styles of writing for different purposes, e.g. persuasive techniques, supporting evidence, technical vocabulary (a) Understand that the style of writing involves choice of vocabulary, sentence length and structure, and how the text is organised (b) Understand that what is appropriate style depends on purpose, audience, and context (c) Use imagery such as simile and metaphor to enhance meaning

Formal and informal writing

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Wed, 2018-01-03 21:24

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

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

A set of two exercises (one vocabulary exercise, then a directed writing exercise) plus an extension (fun exercise where learners use the ‘wrong’ register to write a text) to learn about formal and informal language in English.

Editor’s note
No answers
Love the final exercise :) The examples (which involve David Beckham and a broken washing machine) are hilarious.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Free tags: AFOREST, Christmas

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Voluntary & Charity

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

A revision activity for Level 1 Functional Skills English reading and writing.

Editor’s note
Reading questions cover all aspects of the FS criteria. The writing activity (formal letter) stresses the use of persuasive techniques and is ideal for both Level 1 and Level 2. It includes a useful writing checklist.

Literacy: Functional English - reading, GCSE A5, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6

Resource type: Handout or guide, Informative presentation

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

This is new from Sept 2015 for L2 reading.
It is a list of writing techniques – the name of the technique, a description and an example.

Editor’s note (updated 7/5/2017)
Also ideal for GCSE English revision.
Covers 14 techniques: similes, hyperbole, alliteration, rhetorical questions, superlatives, personification, analogy, colloquialisms, cliches, onomatopoeia, oxymorons, imperatives, metaphors and emotive language.

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.

Writing a letter of complaint

Submitted by Julie Harding on Fri, 2011-04-01 18:06

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

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Shared text, Teaching idea, Writing prompts

This activity is designed to follow on from previous discussion about formal language and letter writing. It can be adapted to suit all levels but is best for Entry 3 – Level 2.
Learners will consider the importance of the purpose, content, style and tone of letters; and write a suitable letter of complaint from a given scenario.
After initial discussion I ask students what they think of my efforts to compose a letter of complaint about a leisure centre and I show them two letters.

Literacy: Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.6, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Teaching idea, Writing prompts

Level: L1, L2

This is an activity that’s evolved over time and I’ve used it with learners ranging from E3 to L2. It’s always fun and can get the group talking and sharing thoughts. It’s a good way to reinforce the importance of choosing the correct tone for a letter.

It also has the advantage that it needs little preparation and no resources (except pen, paper and students!).

Too posh

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Thu, 2009-10-08 16:25

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

Context: Construction Carpentry Plumbing

Level: L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

A fabulous way to teach the importance of style, suitable vocabulary and formal letter writing. Students must read, discuss and edit an over-the-top business letter.

Describing foods (local hospitality provision)

Submitted by Cathy Barton on Tue, 2008-08-26 15:53

Literacy: Rw/L1.2, Rw/L2.1, Wt/L2.6

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Retail Hospitality Customer service

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Mind map

A beautiful five page handout designed to help students write clear descriptions and learn key technical vocabulary – examples include British cheese, cuts of vegetables and a wonderful mind map showing key quality points to look for in cuts of meat and poultry. Written for NVQ 1-2 catering students working on their ‘local hospitality provision’ project.

Writing a report (local hospitality provision)

Submitted by Cathy Barton on Tue, 2008-08-26 15:53

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.

Wordle creative writing prompts

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2008-08-19 15:53

Literacy: Wt/L1.4, Wt/L2.6

Free tags: Wordle

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Writing prompts

Wordle creative writing prompts – two word clouds to prompt short story writing.
Wordle is a brilliant on-line, completely free word cloud creator.Wordle is a brilliant on-line, completely free word cloud creator.
See our blog articles for more Wordle teaching and learning ideas:
http://skillsworkshop.blogspot.com/2008/07/using-wordle-in-classroom.html
http://skillsworkshop.blogspot.com/2008/08/wordle-and-hilda-taba.html
http://skillsworkshop.blogspot.com/2008/09/hilda-taba-part-2-wordle-and-…

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