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Informal Letter Writing
Elementary level


In this lesson, students will learn how to write informal letters. They will get familiar with some useful expressions needed for writing an informal letter. By learning the stages of writing a letter, students will be able to create their own emails.


Abc Strips of beginning,middle and end of emails
Abc Questions' HO
Abc Strips, some rules
Abc Writing Instructions, OHP
Abc Chiara's email, HO
Abc Rosa's email on OHP

Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a letter in the context of letter to a friend

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of words and expressions in the context of informal email


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set the context ( introducing a pen friend) and engage students

- T asks Ss " Do you have a friend in London or any other country?" "how are you in contact with each other?" - T elicits the answer: " Through messages and emails." - T projects Rosa's email. - T asks:" Who has written this email?" Answer: Rosa " to who?" Answer: Daniel " Are they friends?" Answer: Maybe " Do you think they saw each other before?" Answer: No " Do you know what we call these kinds of friends? -T tries to elicit pen friend

Exposure to the target language which is informal email writing (5-7 minutes) • To provide a model of informal writing using a sample model and introduction of some expressions and vocabulary

- T projects Rosa's email - Ss will be divided into two groups - Ss will be given two different colored strips of paper having some questions on - Ss will work in groups and match the questions with Rosa's information and stick them on the board - ICQs - Ss will go to the board and check all the questions and answers - T's FB

Useful Language (13-15 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

- T projects Rosa's email. - T asks Ss: " Is this a formal or informal letter?" Answer: Informal - T pairs Ss up to answer the question of: " What are the characteristics of an informal letter? (or) "What can you say about an informal letter?" - T elicits the answers such as: "Write it to family or friends." "They are friendly and chatty," "Use of contractions," etc - While Ss answer, T sticks the strips on the board to highlight the features of informal emails. - MFP of Chatty if Ss don't know the meaning of it. -T gives Ss Chiara's email (HO) - Ss correct the underlined mistakes individually. (semi controlled practice) -ICQs - Ss check their answers in pairs - T's FB and MFP - T divides Ss into 3 groups. - T gives each group strips including some beginning, middle. ending sentences and expressions used for informal emails. (controlled activity) - T gives Ss 3 minutes to put them in the right order. -ICQs - Ss will check other groups answers. - T's FB - Some MFP -CCQs

Productive Task(s) (10-13 minutes) • To provide an opportunity for students to write informal letters

- T projects the instructions on how to reply Chiara's email. - Ss will be given 10 min to write an informal email in reply to Chiara (free activity, production) - Ss will swap their emails with another pair and ask them to proofread each other's email.

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

- T monitors Ss while writing and proofreading and takes note of mistakes for a DEC - DEC if necessary.

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