Written text messages - problem-solving
Upper Intermediate B2 level
To provide product and process writing practice of text/chat messages in the context of problem-solving
To provide review and practice of language used for problem-solving
Procedure (39-45 minutes)
Teacher will tell Ss he had a conversation with a friend of his the previous day via telephone text message and that he would like them to read the conversation and give their opinion about it. Ss will be given transcript of conversation, which is about the teacher asking his friend when he will be paid back money he lent him previously. Students will be asked to read the text and answer three questions on the text with their partners. Open class FB after discussion in pairs.
Ss will be given a handout with four different scenarios for text/chat conversations where they have to solve a specific problem. Ss will be asked to read through the scenarios and answer three questions for each scenario individually and then discuss these with their partners. Open class FB.
Ss will then brainstorm ideas on the WB based on their discussions for possible solutions to the problems in the scenarios given.
Teacher will review functional problem-solving language from the model text and elicit other examples from SS. Teacher will clarify that functional language is only there to help SS and that they do not have to use it in the written task. Teacher will tell Ss they can also use vocabulary and grammar from previous lesson.
Ss will then be handed lined paper and asked to choose one scenario from the list of four given out earlier in pairs. One student is then A and the other B in their chosen scenario. Student A then begins the conversation by writing the first lines on the paper and then hands it to B who replies. The paper is passed back and forth until the problem is solved. When finished, pairs swap their conversations with other pairs. Teacher writes following questions on board: How was each problem solved? Do you think they found a good solution? Pairs then discuss. If time allows, students change partners and attempt a different scenario and swap results as before.
Finally, Ss will hang their conversations on the walls of the classroom and will be asked to read each other's writing and decide which was the best or funniest one. Teacher will monitor throughout and conduct any error correction if necessary.