Writing prompts

Sample dialogue using food idioms for intermediate, upper intermediate ESOL students. Can be used with food idioms list (link provided) to encourage dialogue writing and acting to aid retention.

Level
L2
L1

Worksheets and tasks around the theme of emergencies. Written for ESOL but also suitable for adult literacy and Functionakl English.

Level
E1
E2
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
ESOL
General ESOL
Context
Health and safety

A set of Power Point slides to get Functional Skills students writing.
I use it towards the end of lessons to get them doing some free writing and to demonstrate whatever they have been working on in the lesson.
Ideas include: smoking, binge drinking, pets, tattoos, Christmas, mobile phones, changing laws, cars and more!

Level
L2
L1
E3
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)

Aimed at E3-L1 Functional Skills groups but could be used with higher / lower levels and adult literacy groups. It should generate plenty of discussion, too! A scaffolded step by step approach helps learners discuss, plan and draft their writing.

A PowerPoint presentation supplements the task sheet. There are facts and pictures to generate interest and to help students recognise some of the dangers involved.

Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Level
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)

A practice exam question based on the style of Edexcel functional skills writing exam questions. Ideal for motor vehicle students.

One task for L1/L2 (formal letter) and one for E3 (letter) which also has a writing frame. Both tasks are on the subject of proposed changes to the driving test and driving laws for new drivers. A fictional story in Great Britain (currently) but real in Northern Ireland, this task also promotes lots of discussion from students which could be used for speaking and listening practice.

Level
L2
L1
E3
English
Functional English - writing
Writing: text focus (composition)
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport

Text about the 99p shop chain with comprehension questions, cloze exercise, writing numbers as words and more.

The text and picture are adapted from the wonderful First News site and the 99p Store site.

Level
E2
E1
English
General literacy / English
Functional Skills English
Context
Retail Hospitality Customer service

A Level 2 Functional Skills English pack based on the troubles in London and other parts of England in the summer of 2011.

Reading and writing activities are included, alongside answers.

Discussions across a range of subjects may stem from this work in order to inform Speaking and Listening skills practice.

Fully mapped to the Functional English criteria.

Level
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Functional English - reading
General literacy / English
Context
News, Politics & Government items

This is a lower-level version of ‘My Busy Day’ Housework by Laurence Fletcher (see below) for a basic literacy for ESOL class. Also suitable for M8-E1 literacy.
Reading comprehension, simplified cloze and sentence exercises.

Level
M8
E1
English
Rt/E1.1
Rs/E1.1
Pre-entry
General pre-Entry
ESOL
ESOL Rt/E1.1a
ESOL Rs/E1.1a
Context
Independent living

A set of exercises based on an article from the BBC News website. This article would interest learners with teenage children.
There is a comprehension exercise and vocabulary exercises on antonyms and synonyms. Learners are also invited to write their views. Useful for those working towards Level 2 Certificate in Adult Literacy.

Level
L2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rw/L2.3
Rt/L2.1
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

A set of exercises based around an article from the BBC News website during the adverse weather of 2010.
There are multiple choice comprehension questions, together with exercises on apostrophes, vocabulary and synonyms and anagrams. The learner is then asked to write his/her views.

Level
L2
English
Writing: text focus (composition)
Rw/L2.3
Rt/L2.3
Rt/E2.1
Apostrophes
Context
Employment skills & Public services