Writing prompts

Goose Fair - L1-2 Functional English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Thu, 2018-02-08 19:22

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Free tags: AFOREST

Context: Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: L1, L2

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

Reading and writing tasks based on an over-the-top article about a new ride at Nottingham’s annual Goose Fair.
The emphasis is on language features ( I HAD A FOREST) and persuasive writing but many aspects of L1-2 reading and writing are covered.

Valentine's Day Functional English tasks

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Mon, 2018-02-05 22:42

Literacy: General literacy / English, Functional English - reading, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing

Free tags: Valentine's Day

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1

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

A set of six linked, differentiated texts about Valentine’s Day, with associated writing assessments.

Two texts and two writing tasks for Entry 1 and for Entry 2.

Blue Planet E3 English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Thu, 2018-01-18 21:51

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Science & Nature

Level: E3

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

Very topical resource based on an article about the popular, award-winning Blue Planet 2 series.
General reading comprehension questions (with a focus on reading for detail) followed by a challenging writing exercise where the learner has to email a friend and persuade them not to leave litter on the beach.
With answers and curriculum mapping.

Blue Moon E3 English tasks

Submitted by Roxy Ball on Tue, 2018-01-16 21:29

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Rt/E3.1, Wt/E3.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Science & Nature

Level: E3

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

Very topical resource about the the Blue Moon Eclipse due on 31 Jan 2018.
General reading comprehension questions followed by an interesting writing exercise where the learner has to enter a competition to win a telescope.
With answers and curriculum mapping.

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.

New Year 2018

Submitted by Laura Bell on Tue, 2018-01-02 11:49

Literacy: Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: General numeracy / maths

Free tags: New Year

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

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

A reading comprehension based on the BBC news website with related writing activities, one at E3 (informal letter) and one at L1-L2 (email).

Editor’s note
There is also some maths thrown in for good measure! A great resource for the start of (spring) term.

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.

Conjunctive adverbs

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Mon, 2017-12-11 22:33

Literacy: GCSE A5, GCSE A6 SPaG, Ws/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Free tags: adverbial conjuncts, adverbs, conjunctive adverbs

Level: L2, GCSE L1-5

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This is a short explanation with examples of eight sorts of conjunctive adverb arranged by type. There is an activity to complete, as well as some stretch/research activities for differentiation.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to L2 Functional English and GCSE English

Literacy: Functional Skills English, Identify main points and detail, Apply grammar, Use knowledge of grammar

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Writing: text focus (composition), ESOL Engage in discussion, ESOL Reading: sentence focus (grammar, punctuation), ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)

Free tags: Brexit, conjunction, contrast, EU, government, leisure, public funding, sport

Context: News, Politics &Government items, Sport

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.

Learners start by discussing issues around sports funding, before reading Text A, which is adapted from an article published in 2016, following the Brexit vote. There are five comprehension questions.

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

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