A set of two exercises (one vocabulary exercise, then a directed writing exercise) plus an extension (fun exercise where learners use the ‘wrong’ register to write a text) to learn about formal and informal language in English.
Love the final exercise :) The examples (which involve David Beckham and a broken washing machine) are hilarious.
Functional English - writing
(a) Use tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences
A revision activity for Level 1 Functional Skills English reading and writing.
Reading questions cover all aspects of the FS criteria. The writing activity (formal letter) stresses the use of persuasive techniques and is ideal for both Level 1 and Level 2. It includes a useful writing checklist.
A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.
Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)
Functional English - reading
Homophones, homographs & confusables
ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)
This resource is aimed at high E3, L1 and L2 ESOL learners who make mistakes when using conjunctions, prepositions and adverbs in their writing to express contrast. There are seven speaking, reading and writing tasks in all.
Use knowledge of grammar
Identify main points and detail
Functional Skills English
ESOL Writing: sentence focus (punctuation and grammar)
A series of tasks designed to help learners improve their sentences and hence their writing style. These tasks assume no previous knowledge of complex sentences or subordinating conjunctions. They do assume the learner is familiar with simple sentences (i.e. one clause, one verb) and compound sentences. (See my related Entry Level ‘Halloween Compound Sentences’ resource for more on compound sentences and coordinating conjunctions).
Aimed at L1-2 students but parts could be useful at Entry 3. All tasks have a Halloween theme.