Marlynna Abdul Rahman Marlynna Abdul Rahman

Teaching Practice 2
Upper Intermediate level


The aim of this lesson is to write a formal letter. We will start by comparing the differences between a formal and an informal letter to set the context for the lesson. Ss will then listen to an audio recording and will answer a few questions. Following that, Ss will read and analyse a formal letter of complaint and lastly, they will write a letter of complaint using the formal words and phrases they have learnt in class.


Main Aims

  • Writing a formal letter

Subsidiary Aims

  • Listening for specific detail


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T will write "Formal Letter" and "Informal Letter" on the WB. Engage Ss by asking the differences between the two. Elicit answers and examples from the Ss. Quick activity - Divide the class into 2 or 3 groups. Ss will be given a handout with some words/phrases. They have to decide if it is used in an informal (IN) or formal (F) situations. The fastest group with all the correct answers wins!

Listening for specific detail (8-10 minutes) • To learn about informal language and when/how it is used

Hand out pg. 46 to the students Ss and focus on the advertisement in ex. 1. Ask students to read it quickly and ask if they have seen similar advertisements before. Set the questions and play the recording. Put Ss in pairs to compare and check answers as a class.

Presentation (8-10 minutes) • To analyse the informal phrases/sentences used in a telephone conversation and formal phrases/sentences used in a letter of complaint.

Put Ss in pairs, introduce the character and set the questions. Ex. 2. Pg 46. Tell the students that the sentences are what Philip Bey says not writes. Check answers as a class. Put Ss into pairs to underline the words/phrases he uses ex.3a and discuss the questions b. Check answers and go through the language notes in the TB. Put Ss into pairs and ask them to do ex.3c. Monitor and help if necessary. Hand out the answers for Ss to check.

Vocabulary (8-10 minutes) • Clarify students understanding of formal and informal phrases.

Give Ss a few minutes to find the phrases in ex. 4, pg.46. Elicit some examples and write them on the board. Check that the Ss understand the phrases.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To let students write their own letter of complaint.

Hand out pg.139 to the Ss. Get them to choose one of the languages. Put Ss in pairs to think of four things that went wrong, and then elicit examples and write them on the WB. Using the ideas on the WB or their own ideas, Ss write the letter. If time allows, have Ss to write in class and then exchange letters among Ss for them to see each other's letters. If time is short, set it as homework.

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