Covering letter lesson
By the end of the lesson, students will have practised how to write a covering letter in the context of job searching.
To be introduced to some new vocabulary in the context of job searching.
To learn the difference between formal and informal language.
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
Show students pictures of different jobs. Ask students to think about their dream job and tell their partner about it. Ask each student about his partner's dream job.
Elicit "employment agency", "vacancy" and "qualified" from the students. Check meaning through CCQs, form and pronouciation.
Give students the job ad H/O and ask them to read it. Ask students which of the jobs seem more interesting to them (get a show of hands). Give students the covering letter task H/O and ask them to fold it. Ask students to do the first task. Ask students to unfold the paper and do the second task. Give students the corrected letter to check mistakes. Draw students attention to key features of a covering letter (no contractions, use of formal vocabulary and set phrases). Contrast the form of a covering letter with the form of an email.
Make students agree about one of the jobs from the ad. Ask them to write their own cover letter mentioning (Where did you find the ad? Personal qualifications? Professional experience? The job position applied for? Availibality?). Ask students to write clearly (for the post-writing activity). Closely monitor the students during the writing task and take notes of their mistakes. Divide students into groups. Ask them to imagine that they are now the Employers and that they had to choose who will get the job.
Ask Students about who got the job and why? Correct writing errors on the white board.