ESOL Rt/E2.2a Understand & identify the different purposes of short, straightforward texts

Understand and identify the different purposes of short, straightforward texts in a variety of genres (i) Recognise that texts of the same genre which share a common purpose will often have common features, such as layout, use of headings, sentence type, and using these features to predict meaning and aid understanding (ii) Know some basic terms to describe the main purposes or functions of texts, e.g. to describe, to inform, to sell, to entertain, to request action, to tell a story, to instruct Recognise that texts of the same genre are characterised by a particular verb grammar, e.g. descriptive texts usually use present simple tense, chronological narratives usually use past tenses, instructive texts usually use imperatives. (iii) Interact with text and know that it is possible to react to texts in different ways, e.g. read and understand a letter or notice and take appropriate action (iv) Recognise requests for action and understanding what is required (v) Understand some writing conventions and know what is expected, e.g. understand that RSVP on an invitation means that a reply is needed and you cannot just turn up, or that invitations sometimes have tear-off slips, understand that people will respond by filling in and returning the slip.

A knowledge organiser / vocabulary crib sheet for Entry 3 Reading, along with two WordWall quizzes for students to test their understanding. Vocabulary is based on the City and Guilds ESOL reading assessments at Entry 3 and covers text types, purpose, layout and images. 

Wordwall quiz 1 - text type and purpose

Wordwall quiz 2 - types of images

Editor's notes

Entry Level 3
Level 1
FE E2.12 Use illustrations, images & captions to locate information
FE E3.10 Identify different purposes of straightforward texts
FE L1.12 Recognise that language & other textual features can be varied to suit different audiences & purposes
FE L1.15 Infer from images meanings not explicit in the accompanying text
FE L1.16 Recognise vocabulary typically associated with specific types and purposes of texts (e.g. formal, informal, instructional, descriptive, explanatory and persuasive)
ESOL Rt/E1.2a Recognise that the way a text looks can help predict its purpose
ESOL Rt/E2.2a Understand & identify the different purposes of short, straightforward texts
ESOL Rt/E3.2a Distinguish between different purposes of texts at this level
ESOL Rt/L1.2a Know how language and other textual features are used to achieve different purposes