Text messaging, functional language
Intermediate, B1 level
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.
To provide detailed reading practice in the context of text messages in English
Procedure (42-53 minutes)
"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.
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.
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)
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
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