To provide ss the process of practicing writing based on the context of writing an e-mail to invite someone or reply to an invitation.
To provide clarification and practice of inviting, accepting and refusing phrases and their level of formality and informality as well as set phrases and invitation formats in the context of socialising.
To provide gist reading practice using texts about e-mail invitations and their replies in the context of socialising.
Procedure (45-55 minutes)
Write the aim on the board (Sending/replying to invitations) Dim down the lights Play video of lady planning for her wedding but not being able to choose an invitation card. Ask Ss to discuss when was the last time they received an invitation?
Elicit meaning from students by using facial expressions, gestures, CCQs and anecdote to elicit meaning for (invitation) and (short notice). Clarify the words (proper invitation) and (wedding present/gift list). Drill the words in sentences. Write words on the board, and show difference of form and pronunciation: (invitation means both a card or an act of inviting someone), (short notice can be on/at according to US/UK).
Give instructions and set time to Ss. Give handouts. Ss skim-read the emails for 2 minutes. Ss match the invitations with their replies. Ss identify the types of invitations. Provide answer key on the board.
Stick slips of paper on the board. Divide ss into two groups. Give each an equal number of phrases. Ask them to work together and identify where does each phrase belong. Ask teams to choose only one who can stick them on the board. The team who finishes their phrases first wins. Correct any mistakes and elicit meaning for problematic phrases and CCQ them and show different forms. Ask students not to look at the board and look at you to drill the phrases. Provide a pronunciation visual record on the board.
Tell students they're going to write an invitation to the colleague facing them. Demonstrate to ss how to brainstorm and how to prepare for writing by writing down main idea or key words and use phrases from the board to help them write their invitations. Give ss blank slips of paper and set time for brainstorming 2 m. Give ss colored paper and ask them to write their invitation and set time 5 m. ICQ for time.
Ss to exchange invitations. Ask ss to read the invitations and reply either by accepting or refusing (providing an excuse) set time 5 m.
Put on some music. Ask ss to stick invitations and replies around the class room. Ask ss to choose the best invitation they would like to accept. Write errors on the board. Provide feedback on content by reading the best invitation. Ask ss to correct the errors on the board. Wrap up.