Writing

A set of cards including birthday, get well, good luck and new baby aimed at E1/ E2 learners. Print them off and fold in half as practise for writing short messages. It may help to elicit suitable phrases from students and discuss suitable layout for their text inside the card.

I also recommend bringing in some sample envelopes to help learners recognise how to lay out a name and address.

Ideal for Entry Functional English writing.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing
Context
Independent living

21 questions to answer about dos and don’ts on your CV preparation. Are the statements true, false or is there some discretion about what you can do? As a team quiz it prompts discussion and lets learners express their opinions and justify the points made. Can be used as a revision or introductory tool prior to creating a CV in Functional English, Functional ICT or work skills classes.
Answers are included.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Writing
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Two practice Christmas cards to help E1-E2 learners with writing their cards. Print off and fold in half.

I also recommend bringing in some sample envelopes to help learners recognise how to lay out a name and address.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing
Context
Independent living

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Three differentiated writing tasks / practice papers on the same theme. First, you apply to appear in a Christmas Concert at the village hall. Later, you hear you have got a place in the concert and write an email inviting your friends to come and watch.

I wrote these tasks as an informal summative assessment end-of-term activity for a mixed level E1-E3 group of 16-19 year-olds, but they are suitable for any age group.

Level
E1
E2
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Form filling
Writing
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

A set of resources created for a group 16-19 year olds with high functioning ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) but suitable for any E2-E3 literacy /Functional English student.

Involves discussion of year’s highlights, and a written reflection and prediction exercise. Finally, the students record their hopes and wishes which are then kept in sealed envelopes until l the end of the academic year (or other agreed date).

Level
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Writing
General
Autistic spectrum support

An excellent set of L2 literacy/Functional English tasks based on a topical text about New Year’s resolutions.
Used as a mock exam, the first 12 questions are in the style of the Adult Literacy multiple choice exam and cover spelling, comprehension, punctuation, tone, vocabulary, etc. They are followed by several challenging writing, summarising and purpose/structure questions that are also be suitable for Functional Skills English.

Level
L2
English
Writing
Reading
Functional Skills English

A very good and rather challenging set of Level 2 reading and writing tasks. Based on a topical and controversial news article about the UK benefits system, it also makes an prompt for discussion.
The reading questions are multiple choice as in the Level 2 Literacy test but they are followed by several challenging writing and summarising questions that would also be suitable for Functional Skills English.

Level
L2
English
Writing
Reading
Context
News, Politics & Government items

A great set of mixed Entry exercises where learners are encouraged to use a range of positive (and negative!) adjectives to describe their favourite players.
Plus: write to Capello (writing frame included), reading and discussion, rearrange sentences, use conjunctions, and research previous World Cups.

Level
E2
E3
English
General literacy / English
Writing
Ws/E2.1
Ws/E3.1
Context
Sport

A great set of functional English tasks based on an ‘agony aunt’ letter from someone who wants to lose weight (tutors should therefore use their discretion before using this resource).
Reading comprehension, discussion and a scaffolded writing task (with writing frame). Ideal for (and fully mapped to) E1-2 Functional English.

Level
E1
E2
English
Functional Skills English
Reading: text focus (comprehension)
Writing
Context
Health, Social care, Early years
Independent living

A lovely set of writing tasks (each is accompanied by an example which also provides reading/purpose of text practice). 9 pages cover get well notes, party invitations, birthday notes, good luck cards, addressing envelopes and more. Most are accompanied by simple writing frames for a scaffolded approach.
Also includes simple grammar/spelling proof reading exercise, spelling (missing vowels) and extension/summative tasks with less scaffolding. Ideal for (and fully mapped to) E1-2 Functional English writing.

Level
E2
E1
English
Functional English - writing
Writing