THE 5 LAYOUTS

ENGLISH - WRITING

THE FIVE LAYOUTS

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The five layouts cover the core types of text you will be expected to work on as part of a functional skills English course. These layouts are:

  • Emails
  • Letters
  • Articles
  • Reports
  • Leaflets

VIDEOS - WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

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10 tips for formal letters
10 tips for formal letters

So, you need to write a formal letter but you know that you need to brush up to make sure that it’s fit for purpose. Enter our top 10 tips for formal letters top help you knock it out of the park! Animated video – 3 …

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How to write a formal letter
How to write a formal letter

Writing to organizations or individuals can be a good way of making your voice heard, asserting your rights, and resolving disputes. Interactive …

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Introductions and conclusions
Introductions and conclusions

When we write an article or report figuring out how to start in and end it is often the biggest challenge. How do we get our readers interested? How do we leave them with the correct thought in their mind? In this short video we look at different techniques and styles to help you improve your article and report writing. Animated video – 4 …

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Leaflets
Leaflets

This video outlines why and how you might use persuasive language techniques and appropriate layout to create a leaflet. Video – 3 …

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Writing a formal letter
Writing a formal letter

This video sets out why you might want to write a formal letter and how you would go about doing it. Video 4 …

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How to write an article
How to write an article

In this short video we describe how to write an attention grabbing article. Animated video – 2:30 mins …

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How to write an article
How to write an article

Articles appear in newspapers, magazines, newsletters and other online publications. They are usually formal texts which tell the reader about something. This module will talk you through the various sections of an article and give you guidance about what to include. It also includes a short quiz. Interactive …

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Writing an email
Writing an email

Writing a formal email for an exam, business or personal reasons? Where to start and how do you format it to create an effective electronic letter? This video covers those points and helps you prepare for related functional skills exams sections. Writing an email – 3 minute video   Additional work Short online quiz – to test your understanding after watching the …

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Articles
Articles

Why do we need to learn to write articles? This 3 minute video explains why you might need to learn how to write an article and will help you to understand some of the basic concepts involved in the topic.   Video – 3 …

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How to write a report
How to write a report

In this short video we look at why you may need to write a report in work and the steps you need to smash out an excellent report. Video and …

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The language of reports
The language of reports

The purpose of a report is to give to give the reader information and recommendations about something. Therefore, it needs to be clear, accurate, formal and informative. In this unit we will look at some examples of how this can be done.   Interactive unit with quiz …

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Greeting and sign-offs
Greeting and sign-offs

In this short video we take a look at how to start and end a formal letter. The focus here is on using the correct titles to start your letter and finishing your letter with the correct words.   Animated video – 3 …

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Formal vs Informal
Formal vs Informal

This is a video animation explaining the differences between formal and informal language and an explanation of when you would want to use one or the other. The video also looks at some of the characteristics of the two types of language to help you better write letters adopting a formal style. iSpring video animation – 4 …

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How to write a report
How to write a report

This is a screencast which talks through how you would write a simple and effective report VIDEO: 4 minutes …

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Writing a knockout leaflet
Writing a knockout leaflet

A short video explaining how to create a piece of persuasive writing. Using the topic of Digital safeguarding and online parenting this video will talk you through the different elements you can use to make a killer, super exciting leaflet of your own!   Video : Powtoon 6 minutes Recommended resources (off-site resources) BBC Bitesize: Persuasive …

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Leaflet writing
Leaflet writing

A short focused unit which gives you a chance to think about the process of writing a leaflet and what is needed to create something useful. Interactive module: 5 minutes L1 leaflet writing Interactive module: 5 minutes L2 leaflet writing   Recommended resources (off-site links) Writing non-fiction:  BBC Bitesize – Aimed at L2 to GCSE …

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Formal letter quiz
Formal letter quiz

This is a module to offer a brief explanation of writing a formal letter along with a couple of brief quiz sections to clarify understanding   Interactive module – formal letter 10 minutes   Recommended resources (off site links) BBC skills wise – worksheet to help plan a letter Wikihow – Walk through on creating a letter – American but well laid …

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Report writing
Report writing

This is a short level 2 look at some example reports interactive module  – 5 …

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