Writing a postcard
To practise writing a postcard in the context of holidays and travelling.
To practise listening for gist and specific information in the context of holidays and travelling.
Procedure (31-45 minutes)
Show ss pictures of good weather and bad weather and ask them what they usually do in both cases. Then, ask ss to think what would they do in both cases if they were somewhere else on holidays.
Pre-teach: swimming pool: /ˈswɪm.ɪŋ ˌpuːl/ (show picture) town: /taʊn/ (draw on the board) sunbathe: /ˈsʌn.beɪð/ (show picture) sightseeing: /ˈsaɪtˌsiː.ɪŋ/ (show picture + elicit)
Give ss instructions for the listening for gist task: "What are they talking about?", "Is the weather good or bad?". Play the tape. Peer check. O/C feedback.
Give ss instructions for the listening for specific information task then give them the H/O. Play the tape. Peer check. O/C feedback.
Give ss instructions for the postcard H/O and distribute the H/O. Peer check. O/C feedback. Draw ss's attention to the form and the language used in a postcard.
In pairs, ask ss to imagine they are on holidays (according to the place specified on each pair's postcard H/O) and ask them to write their own postcard using the ideas from the lead-in and the postcard task to help them Give them guidelines about what to include in the postcard: - Where you are. - The weather. - Something you do often. - Something you did yesterday. - Something you are going to do tomorrow. Get the ss to read their cards to each other and chose which of the destinations sounds more interesting to them.