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Email writing frames for Functional English

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Wed, 2012-09-05 15:23

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 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.

A terrible mistake

Submitted by Marion Martin on Mon, 2012-05-14 21:08

Literacy: General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Listening and/or speaking activity, Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

A short reading text followed by exercises: True or False; Putting words in the correct order to answer questions; Writing sentences with words from the story (or sentences may be copied from the story) and a WordSearch.
This is followed by some dialogue using the situations in the story for practising pronunciation.
Suitable for literacy and ESOL.

Literacy: Functional Skills English, General literacy / English

ESOL: General ESOL

Context: Health and safety

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Discussion points, Lesson plan, Listening and/or speaking activity, Warm-up, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment, Writing frame, Writing prompts

Level: E1, E2

Worksheets and tasks around the theme of emergencies. Written for ESOL but also suitable for adult literacy and Functionakl English.

The worksheets and tasks include reading for information, preparing and practising an emergency phone call, speaking and writing about an emergency situation. The material is set in an Irish context so some of the vocabulary is specific e.g. ‘garda’ is a police officer and ‘gardai’ is police.

Colour match activities

Submitted by Paola Zurawska on Mon, 2012-04-23 21:47

Pre-entry: Rw/M6.1, Rw/M6.2, Rw/M7.3, Rw/M8.3

Literacy: Rs/E1.1, Rs/E2.2, Rs/E2.3, Rw/E1.1, Ww/E1.2

ESOL: ESOL Rs/E1.1a, ESOL Rs/E2.1b, ESOL Rs/E2.1c, ESOL Rw/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E1.2b

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Flash cards, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment

Level: M6, M7, M8, E1, E2

Set of four graduated activities for preEntry up to Entry Level 2 ideal for mixed ability literacy and ESOL groups. Colour word cards provided.
Match identical pictures (Milestones 6-7)
Match or write colour words to pictures (Milestone 8 – Entry 1)
Simple cloze activity (E1-E2)

How many smileys?

Submitted by Chris Farrell on Mon, 2012-04-23 20:07

Pre-entry: N1/M8.1

Literacy: Ww/E1.1, Ww/E2.1

Numeracy: Whole Numbers, N1/E1.1, N1/E1.2, N1/E2.1, N1/E2.2

ESOL: ESOL Ww/E1.1a, ESOL Ww/E2.1a

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: M8, E1, E2

A powerpoint used as a starter with all ESOL maths groups to check the spelling of numbers. I created it for E1 / E2, but always use it as a check with E3 – L2 at the beginning of the year. They all enjoy it and never complain it should be for babies. It could be used for ESOL, Literacy or Numeracy classes.

A selection of smileys are shown on each slide. Clicking reveals the number (as a digit) and a further click reveals the number spelt out as a word.

Commas information and exercises

Submitted by Kate Lindley on Thu, 2012-03-15 17:14

Literacy: Rs/L1.2, Ws/L1.3, Ws/L2.4, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Rs/E3.2a, ESOL Ws/L1.3a, ESOL Ws/L2.4a

Level: L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

L1/2 factsheet and worksheet on bracketing and listing commas.
Useful for underpinning L1-2 Functional English writing skills.

Compound word card match

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Tue, 2012-03-13 21:32

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.2, Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.5

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Ww/E3.1a

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, Sport

Resource type: Sort or match cards

Level: E2, E3

This is a resource for teaching compound words to mixed ability groups. There are five different word match activities and two help sheets.

I use the first two activities, sports and food, with E1-2 learners. Depending on their ability you can either give the learners both topics at once or give them one at a time to make the activity easier. For very low level students I’d give the learners one topic at a time and a help sheet.

Root word family cards

Submitted by Gemma Holtam on Tue, 2012-03-06 10:12

Literacy: Ww/E2.2, Ww/E3.2, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals, Rw/E2.2, Rw/E3.1, Rw/L1.3, Ww/L1.1

ESOL: ESOL Rw/E2.3a, ESOL Rw/E3.1a, ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Rw/L1.1a, ESOL Rw/L1.3a, ESOL Ww/E2.1b, ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Flash cards, Sort or match cards

Root word family cards are two sets of flash cards that can be used to visualise the concept of root words to entry level and L1 students.

The entry level cards contain a number of root words and their word families, with a picture representation of each word. The level one sheet contains a higher level of vocabulary and the pictures have been removed.

Lesson Ideas

  • The cards could be given to the students to group into word families.

'Shun' suffixes card sort

Submitted by Heidi Griffin on Wed, 2012-02-29 20:49

Literacy: Recognise and understand a range of words, Apply strategies to spell correctly, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

ESOL: ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics), ESOL Writing: word focus (spelling and handwriting)

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Sort or match cards

This is a set of ‘shun’ suffix word cards to accompany the “Which suffix -cian -ssion, sion or tion?” resource (see below).

Print the sheets onto card or have them laminated, then cut up the individual root word cards for learners to sort under the correct headings.

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