mahmoud mahmoud

informal email, describing a person
intermediate B1 level


Abc HOs
Abc WB

Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of an informal email in the context of describing a person

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about an informal email in the context of describing a person


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

-T gives SS HOs of an informal email from Stephanie to her friend Claudia,asking her about her friend Christelle, page 17, New English, File SB and tells SS to read the email and answer 2 questions(gist reading). 1-what kind of email is it, formal or informal? 2-why did Stephanie write to Claudia? -T tells the SS to compare their answers with their partners. -T takes oral FB to get the correct answers from SS.

Exposure (6-8 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

-T puts SS into new pairs and gives HOs of Claudia's email responding to Stephanie's. -T tells SS to read the email and answer the questions(detailed reading). 1-which positive adjectives describe Christelle's personality? 2-what does she like doing in her free time? 3-what negative things does Claudia say about Christelle? -T tells SS to compare with their partners and then gives the answer key.

clarification (5-7 minutes) • To clarify the parts of the informal email

-T puts SS into new pairs -T shows Claudia's email on WB and asks SS questions to elicit the parts of the informal email (informal greeting,thank the person for writing,details/description of the person-,closing and PS/note) according to Claudia's email. -T writes on WB alternatives for informal greeting, thank the person....etc. -T gives small HOs that have this information in order.

Productive Task(s) (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

-T tells SS to imagine that they received Stephanie's email asking about a friend of theirs and that they are going to write an email to answer it. -SS should write 4 paragraphs. 1-age, family, work/study 2-personality (good side) 3-hobbies and interests 4-negative side -T monitors to help and make sure SS are following the steps of writing the parts of the email in the correct order.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

-T puts SS into new pairs and tells them to swap papers to correct mistakes. -T tells SS to stick their papers on the walls around the class and have them look at them in pairs and choose which one they like and tell their partners why they like it.

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