Functional English coverage and range statementsLevel 2Use a range of sentence structures, including complex sentences, and paragraphs to organise written communication effectivelyEntry 2Construct compound sentences using common conjunctionsAdult literacy curriculum elementsWs/L1.1 Write in complete sentences(a) understand that sentences can be joined with a wider range of conjunctions than as, and, but, for example if, so, while, though, since, when, to express meaning more precisely (b) understand that complete sentences should not be strung together with commas (comma splicing) to make longer 'sentences', but should be split into separate sentences or be correctly joined e.g. by a conjunctionWs/E3.1 write in complete sentences(a) understand that simple and compound sentences can be amplified by expanding the information around the subject, object, complement and verb. (b) understand that longer sentences may need conjunctions and connectives such asand, but, becauseto link different parts together.Ws/E2.1 Construct simple and compound sentences, using common conjunctions to connect two clauses (e.g. as, but, and).(a) understand that simple sentences can be combined to make compound sentences by using conjunctions (b) understand that, if a compound sentence has too many bits added on, the reader will not be able to follow the sense. (c) know some common conjunctions e.g. and, but, or, as.References:Excellence Gateway(2009),Skills for Life, Core Curriculumhttp://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/sflcurriculumOfqual(2009),Functional Skills criteria for English, Mathematics and ICThttp://www.ofqual.gov.uk/qualification-and-assessment-framework/89-articles/238-functional-skills-criteria
Puttingsimple sentences together
Whento use conjunctions
I like going out. I went out yesterday. I will go out again tonight. I’m going to meet a friend. He is a new friend. His name is Bob. Bob is a musician. Bob will buy me a pint. I like Bob.Too many simple sentences together can appear strange and childlike.You canimprove this by using compound sentences.You will have ago at improvingthis ina few minutes.
Themost common conjunctions:
Before, after, until, since, when, whenever,whileWe all went homebeforethe fight broke out.She went to bedaftershe put the cat out.I won’t do ituntilhe says sorry.It’s been quietsincehe moved out.Put the computer offwhenyou have finished!He washes his carwheneverit gets mucky.The children go to crèchewhileMum goes to work.
Conjunctionsfor place and agreement
Place:whereRemember that caféwhereyou had that awful pie.Agreement:though, although, whether.He could drive a carthoughhe was only five years old.I’llinvite you inalthoughthe place is a mess.I don’t carewhetheryou want to do it or not!