Level 3 (General) -Writing
This module aims to develop writing skills required to convey information at a CEFR high B1 level. It will enable students to write information and ideas on abstract as well as concrete topics with good control of complex structures, spelling and punctuation.
- Learning Outcomes
- Write formal and informal messages for a range of social purposes.
Write connected paragraphs to provide a detailed description, explain a procedure, or express and analyse opinions on a familiar abstract topic.
Explain information contained in tables, graphs, flow charts and/or diagrams.
- -punctuation in formal and informal texts including dashes, brackets, bullet points and speech marks
-spelling of words relating to work, study and leisure interests
-basic grammatical structures, including conjunctions, connectives and discourse markers.
-vocabulary adequate to meet needs
-communication of information and ideas with some adaptation to the intended reader.
-linear sequencing of ideas using discourse markers and conjunctions
-layout and linguistic features appropriate to text type.
Simple sentencesoThere was/were
-There has/have been
Compound sentencesoThere was/were
Complex sentencesoThere was/were
-defining relative clauses
Verb formsPresent/Past reference:
-past simple and past continuous (contrasted)
-use of 2nd conditional
-make / let / allow (+ object) + verb (with(out) to)
-reported speech (inc. questions)
-I wish / If only
-phrasal verbs (inc. intransitive and transitive)
Modals, nouns, pronouns, possessives, prepositions
Modalsmodals of ability, past and present
-could / was/were able to (past ability)
-would (past repeated action)
-past obligation / permission
Nouns-range of noun phrases with pre- and post-modification
Prepositions and prepositional phrases-wide range of prepositions
Articles, determiners, adjectives, adverbs, intensifiers
Articles-definite and indefinite article with both countable and uncountable nouns in a range of uses
Determiners-a range of determiners
Adjectives-a range of comparative structures
Adverbs-adverbs of manner
-adverbs of frequency / probability
-adverbs of degree
Intensifiers-range such as notenough, far
Punctuation and spelling
Punctuation-uses of a range of punctuation marks such as colons and semi-colons
Spelling-the correct spelling of words used in work, studies and daily life
Discourse-a wide range of discourse markers to indicate addition, sequence, contrast and reason
-markers to buy time in spoken exchanges (let me think)
- Teaching and Learning Strategy
- Key approaches to instruction include selection of authentic and semi-authentic language models; clear contextualisation and effective presentation of new language; varied interaction - individual, pair, group, whole-class activities; information-gap activities; task-based activities; integration of skills; focus on accuracy and fluency; effective treatment of errors; valid and reliable assessment; integration of current technologies
- Assessment Criteria
- The portfolio is comprised of multiple assessment tasks, not tests alone. To pass this module, students must attempt and pass all assessment tasks.