Stephen Ianno Stephen Ianno

Writing Emails
Intermediate level


Students will examine an exchange of emails as one person is planning to move to the other's country to study. Students will explore the language used in these emails and will apply this language to create their own emails.


Abc English Unlimited Text book page 44

Main Aims

  • To give practice in writing informal emails to make and respond to offers, requests and promises.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To enable students to better develop their grammar and vocabulary.


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show students a picture with the girl at the laptop and the email page. Ask students to talk with partners about what is happening. As a class, determine that the girl is writing emails and that will be the focus for today's class.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

Students receive questions regarding the emails they will read. They will look over the questions before they receive the reading They receive the reading which they will look over before answer the corresponding questions with a partner. Class feedback to make sure the students have understood the content of the emails.

Task (8-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Students will receive instructions to organize 9 paper cut-outs of highlighted language from the text in four groups based on what the text is doing. Students will then receive the cut-outs and organize them first individually and then check with a partner. In class feedback, students will write the correct groupings on the board.

Planning (7-9 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to plan students' reports

Students will be grouped with a new partner and given one of two prompts. Students will look at the prompt and brainstorm what appropriate language from the highlighted language would apply to this prompt. They will discuss how they could write an email to their friend.

Language Practice (12-14 minutes) • To provide students with practice of the task language

Students then are regrouped with partners of the opposite prompt They will receive a prompt to write four consecutive emails to one another based on the brainstorming that they did in the planning stage. Together they write a chain of four emails using the target language for the class.

Peer-check (7-9 minutes) • Allow students to review one another's work to check if others completed the aim of the task.

After students have written their emails, they will then exchange the emails with a neighboring group. Partners will read the other groups emails and check to see if they have completed the assigned task. Groups can make notes on one another's emails. They will give the emails back and groups will make the appropriate revisions Groups will have the opportunity to share their work with the class.

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