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Purpose of text - Club sandwich instructions

Submitted by Kereen Smith on Wed, 2013-10-09 14:37

Literacy: Ws/L1.2, Wt/E2.1, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.3, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.2, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5, Wt/L1.6, Functional English - writing

Free tags: Recipe

Context: Catering Food Nutrition

Level: E2, E3, L1

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

Club sandwich instructionsClub sandwich instructionsThis is a simple activity to get learners used to the concept of writing instructive text. It can be used as an introduction to the topic of ‘Purpose of Text’ and is easily adaptable to different contextualised areas e.g.

Using imperatives

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Fri, 2012-09-07 13:56

Literacy: Rs/E2.1, Rs/E3.1, Rt/E2.1, Wt/E2.1, Functional English - writing

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: E2, E3, L1

A PPT about imperatives. Students identify imperatives and the language / layout of instructions, then have a go at writing their own.

Editor’s note
For sample instruction texts please to use with this PPT please see Carrie’s “Lasagne instructions” ,“Glass bead steriliser instructions” or “Pancake imperatives” below.

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.

Literacy: Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.4, Functional English - writing

Context: Animal care & Equine, Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3

Resource type: Assessment material, Worksheet or assignment

A writing task / practice paper written for an E3 booster writing group of 16-18 year olds.

You want a Saturday job in a pet shop and write a letter to the manager about possible vacancies.

Fully mapped to the E2 and E3 Functional Skills English writing criteria, it also includes a one page tutor marking sheet. Modelled loosely on practice papers from the major awarding bodies but note that the marking scheme / points system is my invention and is not weighted exactly as it should be for formal assessment.

Grandma's story: Living in the Outback

Submitted by Marion Martin on Thu, 2011-12-29 15:00

Literacy: Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Ws/E3.1, Ws/E3.2, Ws/L1.1, Ws/L1.2, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.2, Wt/L1.1

Pre-entry: Text Focus (interest)

ESOL: ESOL Rt/E3.1a, ESOL Rt/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.1a, ESOL Ws/E3.2a, ESOL Ws/L1.1a, ESOL Ws/L1.2a, ESOL Wt/E3.1a, ESOL Wt/E3.2a, ESOL Wt/L1.1a

Free tags: Australia, Equality and Diversity

Context: History

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Wordsearch, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1

A first person autobiographical account of life in outback Australia.
Exercises include comprehension questions using when, where etc.
A revision of past tense verbs – regular and irregular.
A fill the gap using the correct verb tense.
A writing prompt for students to write about themselves – emphasising the use of conjunctions and short paragraphs.
A Wordsearch.
Includes a glossary of Australian words used in the text.

Writing a film review

Submitted by Danielle Nelson on Sun, 2011-07-24 13:19

Literacy: Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.2, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L2.1, Functional English - writing

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Level: E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Handout or guide, Writing frame

Useful one page hint / planning sheet for writing film reviews. Accompanied by planning / log sheets where learners can record their ideas about the events and characters.
With teaching ideas and full mapping to E3-L2 Functional English (writing).

Music video and lyrics task sheet

Submitted by Fiona Campbell B on Sat, 2011-04-16 14:35

Literacy: Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.2, Wt/E3.4, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.3, Wt/L1.6, Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.3, Wt/L2.7, Functional English - writing

ICT: Finding and selecting information

Context: Art Film Media Music TV

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Writing prompts

Level: E3, L1, L2

Writing and ICT task sheet designed to get reluctant writers to put pen to paper. Ideal for teenagers or anyone with an interest in music/video. Mapped to Functional English / ICT.

Letter writing pack

Submitted by Jill Machin on Tue, 2011-03-22 15:03

Literacy: Plan, compose and draft, Organise and present text structure, Apply punctuation and capitalisation, Use language style and purpose, Functional English - writing

Context: Business & Money management, Employment skills & Public services

Level: E1, E2, E3, L1, L2

Resource type: Cut and stick, Handout or guide, Sort or match cards, Worksheet or assignment, Writing prompts

This wonderful pack of differentiated resources is ideal for mixed ability classes from Entry 1 through to Level 2. It takes the learner through:

  • the layout of formal and informal letters
  • formal and informal language
  • typical vocabulary for formal letters
  • sentences and paragraphs
  • writing a range of letters
  • revision and/or assessment exercises

Includes writing prompts, task sheets, matching /sorting cards, and a many cut and stick exercises.

Fully mapped to the Functional English writing criteria.

Step up to Word

Submitted by Jan Hayto on Sun, 2009-12-13 17:24

Literacy: SLlr/E3.4, Ws/E2.1, Wt/E3.1, Wt/E3.4

ICT: Functional ICT, Entry 3 ICT

Context: Business & Money management

Resource type: ICT task sheet, Lesson plan, Scheme of work, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E2, E3

A wonderfully detailed plan for 3 × 2 hours sessions for computer beginners. It is also mapped to the literacy curriculum – making it ideal for embedded learning and Entry Functional ICT. Includes scheme of work, session plans, feedback/evaluation forms and 7 resource sheets.
ICT covers creating, opening, printing a document; formatting, printing, copying, proof reading. Mapped to Entry 2 and 3 speaking & listening, and writing (including several exercises on conjunctions and compound sentences).

Fantasy job lesson plan

Submitted by Philip Hinchcliffe on Sat, 2009-09-19 17:25

Literacy: Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Wt/E3.1, Wt/L1.1, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5

Context: Employment skills & Public services

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Lesson plan

Fantasy job lesson plan is a step by step detailed plan based on Jane Harbord’s popular Fantasy Job Project resource submitted in 2008 (see below). Gets students looking at job adverts and discussing what is required by employers. Great for general literacy classes or employment skills groups.

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