ESOL Sc/E3.4c Give an account/narrate events in the past

Sc/E3.4: express clearly statements of fact and give short explanations, accounts and descriptions
Sc/E3.4c: give an account/narrate events in the past

  • Use a range of verb forms, suitable for the level, together with appropriate time markers E.g. Give personal information in narrative form, i.e. a life story, an incident that happened to the learner: I was born in... and I went to live in... when I was eight years old.
  • Use some subordinate clauses, especially clauses of time, and relative clauses with who, which, where. E.g. A few days ago, the man who lives next door to me decided to go to London. While he was waiting, a woman fainted. He tried to help her, but...
  • Develop an understanding of the way a narrative is normally structured, with introduction, development and conclusion, and indicate the sequence of events when narrating. E.g. Tell a known simple story, such as a traditional story from learner's own culture: One day Nasreddin was in his house, when.... He said he felt hungry.
  • Develop understanding of the way that intonation can rise to indicate that a narrative continues, and fall to indicate that it is complete, understand that intonation can start high when a new topic is introduced, and begin to apply this.
  • Use a range of lexis and some collocations accurately.
  • Use varying intonation in a spoken account or narrative to create interest and keep the listener's attention.

Various activities to practise travel and transport themes and ideas. Read about a journey to college, answer comprehension questions and exam style questions,  form questions, use adverbs of frequency and conjunctions, along with speaking, listening  and writing practice - all on the subject of a journey to college. 

Editor's notes

Engaging and relevant! Written for E3 ESOL but the reading text and several of the exercises (for example: conjunctions) also provide useful and relevant practice for E2-L1 Functional Skills English. 

Entry Level 2
Entry Level 3
Level 1
FE E3.9 Identify, understand & extract main points & ideas in/from texts
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions to connect clauses
FE E2.20 Use adjectives & simple linking words
FE E3.21 Use compound sentences & paragraphs where appropriate
FE E3.1 Identify & extract relevant information & detail in straightforward explanations
FE E3.3 Communicate information & opinions clearly on a range of topics
ESOL Rt/E3.7a Scan different parts of texts to locate information
ESOL Rw/E3.3a Use a dictionary to find the meaning of unfamiliar words
ESOL Rt/E3.4a Extract the main points and ideas, and predict words from context.
ESOL Wt/E3.3a Show sequence through the use of discourse markers and conjunctions
ESOL Wt/E3.1a Recognise the process of planning and drafting
ESOL Ws/E3.2a Use basic sentence grammar accurately
ESOL Lr/E3.2a Listen for detail in narratives & explanations
ESOL Sc/E3.4c Give an account/narrate events in the past
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