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Basic Literacy Skills for 16+

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS4+

Key Stage 5 students will improve basic literacy skills such as spelling, punctuation, speech and essay-writing. Worksheets and lesson plans are based on challenges KS5 students are likely to face, such as driving lessons or introducing a person to a group. A practical set of resources for improving literacy skills.

Topics include: Note-taking; Using paragraphs; Spotting mistakes; A good ending; Purposeful reading; Formal and informal speech; Research; Listening skills.

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Size: 68 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 873562 99 4
Code: BLSF
Popularity rank: 21
Average Customer Review:  * * * * *  based on 5 reviews

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Contents List


  • 1 PLANNING Students produce a scatterchart as a means of planning a piece of writing.
  • 3 SEQUENCING Grouping and ordering ideas in a piece of writing, within the framework of a Personal Statement.
  • 5 PARAGRAPHS Students learn the purposes of paragraphing - with paragraphing rules and practice.
  • 7 SPELLING RULES Students learn and apply spelling rules.
  • 9 SPELLING MISTEAKS This worksheet focuses on some common misspellings and helps students to adopt a systematic approach to their own most common mistakes.
  • 11 MORD WUDDLES Students learn the correct use of some commonly confused words and use mnemonics to remember these words.
  • 13 SPELLCHECK Students investigate word-processing spellchecks and identify the kinds of word confusions that spellchecks will not spot.
  • 15 PUT A STOP TO IT! The lesson plan demonstrates when to start a new sentence and when to use a comma instead. It also gives practice in writing for a specific audience - children.
  • 17 GO WITH THE FLOW This worksheet demonstrates the difference between text with and without such linking words as conjunctions and pronouns and offers practice in improving the flow of text by their use.
  • 19 CONTRACTIONS Students are reminded of the correct usage of contractions, the placing of apostrophes, and the effects of using or not using contractions.
  • 21 REACH THE PARTS This lesson plan encourages the creative use of adjectives and adverbs.
  • 23 A GOOD BEGINNING Students learn the importance of the opening lines in a piece of writing and are given practice in assessing and writing openings.
  • 25 THE LAST WORD Students consider the ingredients of a good ending to a piece of writing: one that is appropriate and rounds off the piece.
  • 27 PROOFREADING This worksheet demonstrates specific proofreading techniques and encourages students to identify and systematically correct their own mistakes.
  • 29 ESSAY WRITING Offering practice in a methodical approach to essay writing.
  • 31 EYEWITNESS Students get practice in piecing together information and writing it up in report form.
  • 33 TAKE NOTE Improving students' note-making techniques.
  • 35 HOW TO Demonstrating the skills involved in giving instructions.
  • 37 DEAR MS JONES Discussing formal and informal language and giving practice in the two styles.
  • 39 FRESH OR FORMAL? Highlighting the use of formal and informal English.
  • 41 SPEAKING STYLES Demonstrating the differences between formal and informal language when speaking
  • 43 MY GUEST TONIGHT Giving practice in the use of appropriate spoken language in the context of introducing someone to a group or audience.
  • 45 DICTIONARY Encouraging students to use dictionaries as a resource to check spelling and meaning, particularly where words are often confused.
  • 47 THESAURUS Teaching students how to use a thesaurus to increase their vocabulary and vary their writing.
  • 49 MALAPROPISMS Students are alerted to some common malapropisms, while learning that such words can be fun.
  • 51 PERSUASION Students concentrate on the language of persuasion and are given an opportunity to read between the lines.
  • 53 READING WITH INTENT This lesson plan demonstrates the advantages of reading with intent and shows that a passage can contain several different types of information.
  • 55 RESEARCH Students consider different resources and sources of information for research purposes.
  • 57 I'M ALL EARS Improving students' listening skills.



Great resource to facilitate adult learning.
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From the download I received this appears to be an excellent resource for 16+ students
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A most useful and confidence-building resource for EAL candidates (adults). It helps them put learning English into context!
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This is an excellent resource with lots of really useful tasks and suggestions inside, highly reccommended.
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Sandra Peters

I shall be using this resource with the adults I teach (on Basic Skills courses).
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