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Writing a Cover Letter / Application Email
Intermediate level


In this lesson students learn about writing a cover letter or a formal email through the context of a job application email.


Abc Cut-out Paper Strips

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with product writing practice of formal emails and cover letter in the context of a job application.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide deduction reading practice in the context of a job application.


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

Ask the Ss - Have you ever applied for a job online ? What did you have to do in the process? What did you have to do for the application? Ss discuss in their groups, T feed in necessary language.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

Ss work in groups to order the paper strips of a job application email and put them together on the w/b under correct headings. Ss then group the new set of paper strips for the variation of each item under the headings and place them on w/b. T monitors. Take notes for delayed language feedback stage.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

T clarifies the sentence structures and necessary/ useful vocabulary from the Ss to clarify some of the lexis and it's use. Ss engage and the examples are organised as appropriate on the board.

Productive Task(s) (15-17 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Students practice writing a cover letter / application email for the posting of a customer service agent. T monitors. Notes down any language to be reformulated or corrected for the delayed feedback stage.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

T writes the student errors and good language on the board to be corrected or reformulated. Elicits the answers from the Ss, corrects them finally.

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