Writing prompts

Come Dine with Me

Submitted by Alison Hastilow on Sun, 2013-04-07 17:54

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

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E3

Resource type: Discussion points, Ice breaker, Listening and/or speaking activity, Writing prompts

This is a combination of speaking & listening, note taking & writing, that I have used successfully as an ice breaker with new groups. It involves learners talking to several people and finding out about their food likes & dislikes (plus allergies, religious considerations etc) before planning a menu for a dinner party. The menu must be acceptable to all the guests!

Holocaust Memorial Day - Functional English tasks

Submitted by Kate Buckell on Sun, 2013-03-24 14:23

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: History

Level: E1, E2

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

Simplified texts and DARTS activities with follow up writing tasks at E1 and E2.
Based on material from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website http://hmd.org.uk/
Prior to completing the reading and writing tasks the class listened to a podcast of a survivor talking about their experiences.The material from both the listening activity (http://hmd.org.uk/resources/podcasts/i-was-there)
and the simplified reading (original text at http://hmd.org.uk/resources/survivor-stories/hidden-histories-martha-blend) was then us

L1 Crimewatch Functional English lesson

Submitted by Nikki Gilbey on Fri, 2013-02-01 13:15

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Free tags: Crimewatch

Context: Art Film Media Music TV, Employment skills & Public services

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Informative presentation, Listening and/or speaking activity, On-screen activity or video, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

A collection of resources based around the BBC programme CrimeWatch.
Designed with L1 Functional English students in mind, the lesson can lead in to further discussion about crime, security, safety etc.

Editor’s note
The PPT also acts as a lesson outline which covers the following learning objectives.

  • Identify information from a video source.
    Identify information in text format.
    Summarise text in own words.
    Create a headline and newspaper article.
    Use adjectives to describe appearance (extension).

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.

Giving fitness and lifestyle advice

Submitted by Tom Morris on Wed, 2012-09-26 19:44

Literacy: Speaking & Listening, Functional English - speaking, listening & communication, Writing: text focus (composition), Functional English - writing, Engage in Discussion

Context: Health, Social care, Early years, Sport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Investigation or project, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Writing, discussion and research prompts particularly useful for sport students at all levels. Inspired by Carrie Bray’s “Giving beauty/hair advice” resource (see below).

You could cut out scenarios and use them to start a discussion, which could lead into individual or paired research and written responses. I’ve also used them to prompt email and letter writing with templates / frames for lower level learners.

Young drivers - reading, discussion and writing

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-09 19:45

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Context: Motor vehicles & Transport

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Discussion points, Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An original resource to generate discussion, practise reading comprehension and writing skills (formal letter). Ideal for Functional Skills Motor Vehicle students. Aimed at L1-2 although the discussion is also suitable for Entry Level.

Writing cards

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Sun, 2012-09-09 19:45

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.

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

Context: Business & Money management, Politics & News items

Level: E3, L1, L2

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

A functional skills practice writing task for English at E3-L2. Learners write to the Bayfords, recent winners of the £148m Euro Millions jackpot, suggesting what they could spend the money on to help others (or themselves!).

Could be linked to maths: examining costs, interest, odds of winning etc.

The Interview

Submitted by Diana Sandford on Tue, 2012-06-19 10:34

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.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

Numeracy: Functional Maths, General numeracy / maths

Free tags: Diamond Jubilee

Context: History

Level: E1, E2, E3

Resource type: Hands-on / practical activity, Lesson plan, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This carousel of Jubilee tasks was hurriedly put together for a group of 10 E1-E3 Functional Maths and English 16-19 year old learners who had just (very successfully!) finished all their Edexcel Functional Skills assessments.

After a year of hard work from my students, the emphasis was on celebration and fun. However, learning objectives included: measuring, counting, writing an email, spelling, 2D shapes, estimating, rounding and working with money.

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