Writing prompts

Updated June 2017
New Entry 3 reading and writing tasks added. Available below as a separate PDF file. You will also need to download the L1-2 version as it uses the same text.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Leisure Travel Tourism

Pack contains reading, writing and discussion activities. Learners are required to plan, discuss and write a letter to apply for a job. Reading a job vacancy description and answering questions about the content is required before the letter is written. The pack also includes a role play section.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - reading
General literacy / English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Employment skills & Public services

The main resource has four pages. Three of the pages contain a chart and a brief to a group of students to discuss and write some sentences saying what the chart tells them. The twist is that each group of 3 students has a different chart drawn from the same data as the groups next to them. The fourth page has the table from which the charts were drawn.

The charts used are: dual/clustered bar chart comparing types of drink sold on two days. A stacked/composite bar chart and a percentage bar chart of the same data.

Level
L2
L1
Maths
HD1/L2.1
HD1/L1.1
Functional Maths - handling information and data
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

This 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. instructions on how to: hang a door; insert hair rollers; change a tyre; make a bouquet etc.

The activity allows for ease of differentiation between levels, based on your assessment of the output, and works well as a main activity for Entry Level learners, or a fun warm-up for Level 1/2 learners.

Level
E2
E3
L1
English
Functional English - writing
Wt/L1.6
Wt/L1.5
Wt/L1.4
Wt/L1.3
Wt/L1.2
Wt/L1.1
Wt/E3.4
Wt/E3.3
Wt/E3.1
Wt/E2.1
Ws/L1.2
Context
Catering Food Nutrition

Simulation of completing an online CV. Very easy to use, fill in the boxes and print after completion.

Level
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading
Form filling
General literacy / English
ICT
Functional ICT
General
Generic resources for literacy, numeracy and beyond
Context
Employment skills & Public services

Simulations of email and online banking registration forms. Can be used in succession, as for the banking registration form you need an email address. When you press the “create account” button it will open the printing menu. Good luck!

Level
E2
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Rw/E3.2
Functional English - reading
Form filling
Maths
MSS1/E2.3
ICT
Entry 3 ICT
Using ICT
Entry 1 and 2 ICT
Context
Employment skills & Public services

This was produced as practice assessment material for a group of learners working towards E3 Functional English (with City & Guilds). They were struggling with producing the writing in the time allowed so we practised several short, sharp topics. Planning methods were tackled separately.

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to the E2-L1 Functional English writing criteria.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

A writing activity that requires learners to write 2 emails suitable for the workplace. Tasks are loosely based on the type of writing tasks required for City & Guilds Functional English at E3. Also involves searching for a suitable gift (Argos book or web site).

Editor’s note
Fully mapped to the E2-L1 Functional English writing criteria.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Employment skills & Public services

This is a combination of speaking & listening, note taking & writing, that I have used successfully as an ice breaker with new groups. It involves learners talking to several people and finding out about their food likes & dislikes (plus allergies, religious considerations etc) before planning a menu for a dinner party. The menu must be acceptable to all the guests! Finally each learner produces their menu presented in a conventional style.

Level
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
General literacy / English
Context
Catering Food Nutrition
Art Film Media Music TV

Simplified texts and DARTS activities with follow up writing tasks at E1 and E2.
Based on material from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website http://hmd.org.uk/
Prior to completing the reading and writing tasks the class listened to a podcast of a survivor talking about their experiences.The material from both the listening activity (http://hmd.org.uk/resources/podcasts/i-was-there)

Level
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
History