Level 2 Integrating EdTechs in Languages for Primary School

1.4 Text features

Key Questions

  • What are the types of transactional texts Primary School learners encounter?
  • What are writing conventions?
  • How do you write a magazine article?

What are transactional texts?

Transactional texts communicate both information and ideas between individuals or groups. They differ from essays as these are written with the need for a response or action leading from these.

Throughout their school careers, learners need to create both transactional texts and essays. Learning to successfully produce transactional texts helps learners to become successful in communication across a broad spectrum.

These types of writing are always non-fictional. They deal with facts, opinions and events in the real world. Like essays, they always follow specific conventions in structure and language.

Turn on the projector below and click on each image to see the types of transactional texts primary school learners encounter.

Focus on conventions

Text Conventions

Conventions of a text are the specific features of that text form and refer to the structure, the language used and the particular tone of the text form.

Compare these text types

Newspaper article

These usually have a headline, use formal language and have a serious tone.

Friendly letter

This addresses the person directly, uses informal language and the tone can vary depending on the letter content.

When learners start a writing task, they must consider the form conventions, the intended audience and the purpose for the writing.

Knowing the purpose of the text will help the learners select the best language to be used.

Focus on a magazine

Scroll through the below presentation using the arrows on the right.

Test your knowledge of the magazine structure by arranging the parts of this article.

The next unit puts all of this together and you start your module assessment.

Mark this unit as complete and click ‘Next Unit’ to move on.

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