To provide product writing practice of a email in the context of getting in touch.
To provide gist reading practice using a text about email
Procedure (40-50 minutes)
Knock at the door and say "mail" then walk into the class with the postman's bag and distribute envelopes to the SS. Then ask them "What am I doing?" "Do people still do this?". Elicit till SS mention emails. Ask them to describe 2 advantages of emails in groups. Allow 2 minutes. Write on the board 'the golden advantage'. Monitor and let a spokesperson from each group share the advantages. Ask SS to choose 'the golden advantage'
Pre-teach Ask SS to open the envelopes, unfold the HO and check the email inside. Elicit from SS who wrote the email and to whom. Ask SS to have a quick look at the email and decide what kind of email it is. Allow a minute. Ask SS to work alone. SS then check in groups.
Elicit from SS the following: Layout (what does an email look like?) Language (Is it formal or informal?) Tenses Topics (What kind of topics do we write about?) Draw an email sample on the board and highlight it's different parts. Then elicit from SS more examples in each part.
Ask SS to close their eyes and think of a friend they haven't spoken to in 5 years. Allow a minute to think of things to tell that friend. Then Give SS a blank template and ask them to write about 10 lines" Ask SS to write fake names rather than their own. Then tell SS to keep their fake names a secrete. Allow 10 minutes. Play music. Monitor. Take notes of mistakes.
Split SS into groups of 3. Ask them to share the ideas of their emails and decide which is the best one and why. Allow 2 minutes for this. Let each group announce the best email and provide the reason. Ask SS to fold their emails into the envelopes and put them into my bag. I then shuffle them and distribute them to SS. Then ask SS to read and extract 1 language mistake and 1 good usage. Allow 2 minutes. While SS are doing the task, split the board into 2 sections and draw a tick and a cross. Hand SS markers and ask them to write the sentences under their section.