Writing frame

A planner or frame providing a scaffolded approach to writing

Literacy: Functional English - writing

General: Exam tips and help

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Revision material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

More and more vocational teachers are being asked to prepare learners for Functional Skills exams.

This resource is designed to give advice on format, style and layout; appropriate content and paragraphing which would accompany any awarding organizations exam. My college used Edexcel . Can be used for Level 1 and Level 2.

Editor’s note
This resource is ideal for all but will be especially helpful to non-specialist English teachers. Incredibly useful!

Star Interview worksheets

Submitted by Jacqueline Stamp on Sat, 2014-03-15 18:38

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

This integrated set of worksheet tasks develops speaking, listening & communication; reading and writing skills in relation to a topic of individual interest to the learner and also encourages independent research and planning.

Having compared and discussed the features of a few celebrity interview articles from a range of magazines, learners choose a celebrity (or star) who they would like to interview.

Writing a job application letter

Submitted by Colleen Craggs on Fri, 2013-12-20 10:11

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Functional English - writing

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Resource type: Discussion points, Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

Pack contains reading, writing and discussion activities. Learners are required to plan, discuss and write a letter to apply for a job. Reading a job vacancy description and answering questions about the content is required before the letter is written. The pack also includes a role play section.

Editor’s note
Aimed at E3-L2 Functional English, this substantial work pack includes detailed teaching notes and curriculum mapping information. A useful writing frame is included for E3 learners.

Interactive CV template

Submitted by Iulian Scutelnicu on Wed, 2013-09-25 12:28

Literacy: General literacy / English, Form filling, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

ICT: Functional ICT

General: Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond

Context: Employment skills & Public services

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

Level: E2, E3, L1, L2

Simulation of completing an online CV. Very easy to use, fill in the boxes and print after completion.

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Free tags: Remembrance day

Context: History, Voluntary & Charity

Level: E3

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

I wrote this E3 writing task to supplement the E1/2 excellent worksheet by Carrie Bray (see below).
Plan, draft and proof read an email invitation to a friend.

Writing and checking sentences

Submitted by Diane Lambert on Mon, 2012-09-17 20:15

Literacy: Ws/E2.1, Ws/E2.3, Ws/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

Level: E2, E3

This is used to practise writing sentences in a format that is similar to those used for E2 Functional Skills writing assessments.
It includes a checklist for sentences and a reminder to use conjuntions. I use it after teaching the basics of sentences and conjunctions in order to give an opportunity to practise for the writing assessment. Three different tasks (note, email, complaint) plus a blank for your own task ideas.

Editor’s note also a useful check for E3 students.

Writing cards

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-09 20:45

Literacy: Writing, Functional English - writing

Context: Independent living

Level: E1, E2

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

A set of cards including birthday, get well, good luck and new baby aimed at E1/ E2 learners. Print them off and fold in half as practise for writing short messages. It may help to elicit suitable phrases from students and discuss suitable layout for their text inside the card.

I also recommend bringing in some sample envelopes to help learners recognise how to lay out a name and address.

Ideal for Entry Functional English writing.

Film trailers note taking & writing an email

Submitted by Emily Nichols on Wed, 2012-09-05 23:12

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Lesson plan, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame

An engaging and interesting lesson plan and note taking worksheet for a session using short film trailers to develop email writing skills.

Learners watch and listen for the relevant information and discuss and negotiate, expressing their opinions and developing soft skills such as turn taking. They then use the information to write an email invitation, combining informative and persuasive / inviting language.

Email writing frames for Functional English

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2012-09-05 16:23

Literacy: Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Writing frame

A set of 9 email templates / writing frames for all levels.
Long ones, short ones, plain ones, shaded ones, some with proof reading tips, one with a focus on using conjunctions. Pick and choose to suit your learners.

With a useful Functional English mapping chart listing all the coverage and range writing statements for each level from E1 – L2.

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.

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