ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form

Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order and verb form (i) Understand the concept of a sentence and that sentences can be put together to make text (ii) Recognise common patterns for simple statements, questions and instructions, and the fact that this may differ from the word order in their other languages, e.g. in Turkish the common word order is subject-object-verb (iii) Apply the above understanding when writing

Use the family tree to help write simple and compound sentences about your family. Written for E1-2 ESOL  but also suitable for E1-2 Functional English.

Editor's notes

A lovely way to reinforce sentence structure and basic punctuation, and (for ESOL) teach key family words such as cousin, grandmother, nephew, etc. Worksheet with detailed mapping and sample answers available in a  separate document.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
English
FE E1.11 Punctuate simple sentences with capital letter & full stop
FE E1.12 Use capital letter for pronoun ‘I’ and proper nouns
FE E1.13 Use lower-case letters when there is no reason to use capital letters
FE E2.13 Use basic punctuation correctly (e.g. full stops, question, exclamation marks)
FE 1.16 Communicate information in words, phrases & simple sentences
FE E2.17 Communicate information using words & phrases appropriate to audience & purpose
FE E2.19 Write in compound sentences, using common conjunctions to connect clauses
ESOL
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form
ESOL Ws/E1.2a Use basic punctuation to show where sentences begin and end
ESOL Ws/E1.3a Use basic punctuation to write about oneself using "I"
ESOL Ws/E2.1a Construct simple and compound sentences
ESOL Ws/E2.3a Use correct punctuation, e.g. capital letters, full stops, question marks
ESOL Ws/E2.4a Use a capital letter for proper nouns
Context
Family and relationships

This handout describes the basic sentence types as used in the English language. It can be used to introduce or reinforce the concepts.

Editor’s note
This also makes a useful handout / reminder for vocational teachers who are embedding Functional English.

Level
Entry Level 3
Level 1
Level 2
English
Ws/L2.1
Ws/L1.1
Ws/E3.1
Ws/E2.1
Ws/E1.1
ESOL
ESOL Ws/L2.1a
ESOL Ws/L1.1a Write using complex sentences
ESOL Ws/E3.1a Write using complex sentences
ESOL Ws/E2.1a Construct simple and compound sentences
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form

Used with an Entry Level 1 ESOL group.
1) Bring in some real objects such as a long red wool scarf, a green plastic bag, a small silver mobile phone. Discuss the word order used to describe them. Learners can describe their own bags, phones, and clothes as necessary and write some examples on the table.
2) Put the adjectives in order in the example sentences and check as a group.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
ESOL
ESOL Ws/E2.2a Use adjectives
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form
ESOL Sc/E2.3f Give a short description
ESOL Sc/E1.4d Make statements of fact clearly
ESOL Sc/E1.4a Make simple statements of fact
Context
Independent living

This is a ‘prepositions of place’ resource I use with my 16-19 (and adult!) ESOL learners before Christmas. It’s basically an Easter egg hunt but with Christmas presents instead of eggs.

The number of presents and lines can be tailored to the class. I’ve used this with E1/E2 ESOL groups, although there may be a use for Numeracy and Literacy. It’s a fun, lively activity which I hope you find useful.

Level
Entry Level 2
Entry Level 1
ESOL
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form
ESOL Rw/E1.1a Recognise a limited number of words, signs and symbols
ESOL Rs/E2.1b Use knowledge of simple and compound sentence structure to work out meaning
ESOL Rs/E2.1a Use grammatical structures that link clauses and help identify sequence
ESOL Rs/E1.1a Read and recognise simple sentence structures:

A set of cards aimed at Entry 1 ESOL students learning the present simple tense for habitual routine. Print on card and use for controlled practice activities (sort into sentences about getting up, breakfast, going to work etc.).

Level
Entry Level 1
ESOL
ESOL Sc/E1.4a Make simple statements of fact
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form

Three one-page tasks covering: write a simple sentence, recognise signs/symbols and follow a simple narrative. Use as evidence that a given learning outcome has been achieved. Also useful for diagnostic assessment and Entry 1 literacy.

Level
Entry Level 1
English
General literacy / English
ESOL
ESOL Rt/E1.1a Follow a short narrative on a familiar topic or experience
ESOL Rw/E1.1a Recognise a limited number of words, signs and symbols
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form

A fabulous set of integrated activities that cover food vocabulary, use of is/are, paired speaking and listening practice (asking the price of food – with fill-in dialogue cards), reading and writing shopping lists.

Level
Entry Level 1
ESOL
ESOL Rw/E1.1a Recognise a limited number of words, signs and symbols
ESOL Rt/E1.1b Obtain information from texts
ESOL Rs/E1.1a Read and recognise simple sentence structures:
ESOL Sc/E1.3b Ask for information
ESOL Sc/E1.4d Make statements of fact clearly
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Independent living
Retail Hospitality Customer service

A very useful set of 15 graduated tasks that involve reading sentences, learning key words / spellings and writing sentences.

Level
Entry Level 1
English
Rs/E1.1 Read and recognise simple sentence structures
AL Rw/E1.1 Have limited, meaningful sight vocabulary of words, signs, symbols
Ws/E1.1
Ww/E1.1
ESOL
ESOL Rs/E1.1a Read and recognise simple sentence structures:
ESOL Rw/E1.1a Recognise a limited number of words, signs and symbols
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form
ESOL Ww/E1.1a Use and spell correctly some personal key words and familiar words
ESOL Ww/E1.1b
ESOL Ww/E1.1c

An interesting E1-2 text (and questions) useful for general comprehension and introducing the third person present simple. With ideas for extension work and adapting the text for your local area.

Level
Entry Level 1
Entry Level 2
English
AL Rt/E1.1 Read short familiar texts
AL Rt/E2.1 Follow main points of short texts
ESOL
ESOL Rs/E1.1a Read and recognise simple sentence structures:
ESOL Rt/E1.1a Follow a short narrative on a familiar topic or experience
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

Very good straightforward text about Maria’s day with 4 pages of resources, teaching ideas and answer sheet. Covers asking and answering questions, writing simple sentences and much more .
Originally used with the DfES ESOL E1 Skills for Life materials (Unit 4 – Local Transport) but can be used alone.
http://rwp.excellencegateway.org.uk/readwriteplus/LearningMaterialsESOL

Level
Entry Level 1
ESOL
ESOL Lr/E1.2d Listen for phonological detail
ESOL Rw/E1.3b
ESOL Sc/E1.4a Make simple statements of fact
ESOL Ws/E1.1a Construct a simple sentence, using basic word order & verb form