Everyday English 1
Everyday English 1

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Everyday English 1

2 What you write

Four different kinds of text
Figure 4 Different kinds of text: a speech, a report, an email and a letter

When you think of writing while doing an English course you think of spelling, punctuation and grammar. These will be covered later, but another important aspect is what you write.

A Functional Skills English Level 1 assessment requires you to write texts of around 200 words. The Essential Skills Wales Communication Level 1 controlled task requires you to write two documents, one of which will need to be at least 250 words long.

The types of text you could be asked to write in the writing assessments are letters, articles (newspaper or magazine, printed or online), emails, speeches or reports. How these texts look on the page and how they are put together is really important.

In reality most people don’t actually write texts as long as articles, speeches or even letters very often. Your everyday written communication probably revolves around shorter texts and often there is no need for perfect spelling, punctuation and grammar.

In this section you look at the key texts that you should be comfortable writing and their format, content and purpose.


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