Amena Zahid Haider Amena Zahid Haider

Text messaging, functional language
Intermediate, B1 level


In this lesson students learn about text messaging in English. They learn formal and informal ways to write a text message along with getting to know the text message language that is important in understanding common text messages in English.


Main Aims

  • By the end of this lesson, students will be able to write text messages in English and will be able to use the text message language in their messages as wel.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide detailed reading practice in the context of text messages in English


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

"Can you think of one thing that we have with us all the time?" Elicit ideas. [cell phone or mobile phone] Ask Ss to come to the board. In two groups, students write one word that comes to mind about mobile phones. They need to make sure that the other group hasn't written it already.(30 sec) Elicit and highlight calling, texting, messaging.

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

Point out to students the different types of text messages around the classroom. Explain that they are going to go around reading these text messages and answer the questions on the handout. (5- 6 minutes) ICQs: What will you do first?[ read the text messages] Then? [ answer questions] Can you discuss with your friends? [yes] Monitor for correction later and to check the pace. After 5 minutes, put answer keys on the wall/ board and ask students to check.

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

Ask students if there was anything that they found different about these text messages ? Elicit ideas like grammar, strange words. Project model text messages on the board. Highlight 2nite. elicit pronunciation Highlight sry, ask Ss if it looks like a word they know, (write s - - r y if not elicited) Highlight OMG. Elicit the idea that its written in capital letters. expresses surprise/ disbelief Highlight Whats. Ss correct (What's) Highlight Im. Ss correct (I'm= I am) Ss do matching activity in pairs.(2 minutes) Ss to WB, match one each. Error correction (if needed)

Productive Task(s) (15-18 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Ss in groups of four Explain that each group is going to write two text messages. One should be an invitation. Elicit ideas, make spider diagram ( who, what ,when, where, what time) The other should be the answer to the text message. make spider diagrams saying accept/ refuse.Elicit ideas ( saying thank you, ask for details) (saying sorry, why not, reason) Show blank cell phone templates and explain that they have to write in them. (15 mins) Monitor, note errors

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

Collect the finished task and put them on the wall. Ask each group to have a look at the other groups work and make a note of what type of messages they have written and if they have used any texting language. (2 mins) Ss share ideas. error correction

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