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Covering letter lesson
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will practice how to write a covering letter through a guided introduction of one exemple of a covering letter and then discuss each other's letters through a speaking activity.


Abc Blu-tack
Abc Markers
Abc White board
Abc Writing sheet H/O
Abc Corrected covering letter H/0
Abc Covering letter Task H/O
Abc Job advertisement H/O
Abc Different job pictures

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will have practised how to write a covering letter in the context of job searching.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To be introduced to some new vocabulary in the context of job searching.
  • To learn the difference between formal and informal language.


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

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.

Useful Language (3-5 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Elicit "employment agency", "vacancy" and "qualified" from the students. Check meaning through CCQs, form and pronouciation.

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

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.

Writing Task (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice writing a covering letter

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.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Ask Students about who got the job and why? Correct writing errors on the white board.

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