Nazia Nazia

A short thank-you message
Intermediate level


In this lesson students learn product writing through Cutting Edge third edition on a writing based text. The lesson starts with a discussion about email, postcard and text messages. This is followed by a gist reading where students read and relate the text to the context followed by some control and freer practice of writing.


Abc HO

Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a text, email and postcard in the context of a short thank-you message

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a text about a short thank-you message in the context of email, text and postcard


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

Show the class pictures of mobile phone, computer/email and postcard. Ask the students; What is similar in these picture. bring them to the idea of messages. 1- If you receive a present or stay at someone's house, how do you usually say thank you? 2- Are you ever offended if other people forget to say thank you?

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

Students read again, putting a phrase in each gap before comparing ideas in pairs. Check answers with the whole class.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Detailed Reading: Read the message again and answer the questions; 1- How old do you think each writer is? 2- What is their relationship with the person they are thanking? FB: Why do you think writer is very young? Which text is the least formal? What words and phrases tell you this?

Productive Task(s) (2-3 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Make a table on the board; Informal / Neutral / Formal Either call the students on the board to complete the table or complete it with their answers.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Student will choose 2 options out of three and write a thank-you message. One formal and other informal message. 1- a present you received recently 2- a social event you attended 3- a favor that someone did for you

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