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Changed on 27 April 2021

An enjoyable and challenging Creative Writing exercise that learners can use for reflection and self-expression. Responses from my learners have been in the form of articles, reports, power-point presentations, stories, poems, museum guidebooks, and notated floor-plans, but could also be in any other format agreed between tutor and learner.
The sheet can also be used as a discussion exercise for Speaking, Listening and Communication purposes.

Level
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing

Changed on 27 April 2021

[img_assist|nid=5297|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=100|height=70]A functional skills practice writing task for English at E3-L2. Learners write to the Bayfords, recent winners of the £148m Euro Millions jackpot, suggesting what they could spend the money on to help others (or themselves!).

Could be linked to maths: examining costs, interest, odds of winning etc. and discussions around spending, working, and life after a big lottery win could be undertaken.

Layout reflects the City & Guilds exam format for E3 and L1/2.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
General literacy / English
Context
News, Politics & Government items
Business & Money management

Changed on 27 April 2021

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
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing

Changed on 27 April 2021

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
E3
L1
English
Functional English - writing

Changed on 27 April 2021

A set of 9 email templates / writing frames for all levels.
Long ones, short ones, plain ones, shaded ones, some with proof reading tips, one with a focus on using conjunctions. Pick and choose to suit your learners.

With a useful Functional English mapping chart listing all the coverage and range writing statements for each level from E1 – L2.

Level
E1
E2
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
ESOL
ESOL Writing: text focus (composition)

Changed on 27 April 2021

I wrote this E1-2 writing task to supplement the excellent E1-2 reading/writing/discussion worksheet by Carrie Bray (see below).
Write a note to a friend. Use conjunctions and check your work.

Editor’s Note
There is an E3 version of this task (writing an email) – contributed by Diane a couple of years ago. See below.

Level
E1
E2
English
Functional English - writing
Context
Voluntary & Charity
History

Changed on 27 April 2021

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
Context
Health, Social care, Early years

Changed on 27 April 2021

Writing, discussion and research prompts particularly useful for sport students at all levels. Inspired by Carrie Bray’s “Giving beauty/hair advice” resource (see below).

You could cut out scenarios and use them to start a discussion, which could lead into individual or paired research and written responses. I’ve also used them to prompt email and letter writing with templates / frames for lower level learners.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - speaking, listening & communicating
Functional English - writing
Context
Sport
Health, Social care, Early years

Changed on 27 April 2021

An engaging and interesting lesson plan and note taking worksheet for a session using short film trailers to develop email writing skills.

Level
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Context
Art Film Media Music TV

Changed on 27 April 2021

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
E3
L1
L2
English
Functional English - writing
Context
Motor vehicles & Transport