The Different Purposes of Texts.

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The different purposes
of text
September 2011. Kindly contributed by Kate Lindley.
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Functional English coverage and range
L1. Identify the main points and ideas and how they are presented in a variety of texts
L2. Identify the purposes of texts and comment on how meaning is conveyed
SfL Adult literacy
Rt/L1.2 Recognise how language and other textual features are used to achieve different purposes
(e.g. to instruct, explain, describe, persuade)
Rt/L2.2 Identify the purpose of a text and infer meaning which is not explicit
References: Excellence Gateway (2009), Skills for Life, Core Curriculum
Ofqual (2009), Functional Skills criteria for English, Mathematics and ICT
The Different Purposes of Texts
What is a text?
‘The words of something written’
‘The main body of a written work’
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A telephone was ringing in the darkness--a tinny,
unfamiliar ring. He fumbled for the bedside lamp and
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4 main purposes
• To persuade
• To instruct
• To inform
• To describe
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