Shihata Tantawy Shihata Tantawy

Intermediate level


In this lesson ss will practise reading and writing a cover letter for a job ad.


Abc Blu-tack
Abc Cutting Edge Intermediate student book pp. 54&56
Abc Whiteboard
Abc Cutting Edge Intermediate Teacher's book pp. 45-47
Abc Handouts
Abc Projector
Abc Board markers

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson ss will have practised writing a cover letter for a job ad.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To practise reading a cover letter.


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

- Greeting the students - Asking the student the following question: If you are in the HR department and you receive only the CV in the email, will you look at it? Why? Why not? - Think and share your answer with your pair. -Open class discssion

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

- Elicit, Concept check, Drill and Write the meaning of the vocabulary as follows. 1- Covering letter:noun [ C ] /ˈkʌv.ər.ɪŋ ˌlet.ər/ a letter that contains information about the thing it is sent with Is it sent with the CV? Yes Is it important when applying for a new job? Yes Does it have information about the applicant? - Drill in pairs and groups - write on the right side of the board 2- Employment agency: noun [ C ] /ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt ˌeɪ.dʒə a business that helps people to find suitable jobs or companies to find suitable employees - Does it help people find new jobs? Yes - Drill in pairs and groups - write on the right side of the board 3- Vacancy: noun [ C ] /ˈveɪ.kə a job that is available in an organization and that people can apply for: - Is it an available job or a taken one? Available - Can people apply for it? Yes - Drill in pairs and groups - write on the right side of the board 4- qualified: adjective /ˈkwɒl.ɪ.faɪd/ having the standard of skill, knowledge, or ability that is necessary for doing or being something - Is he ready to work in this position? Yes - Does he have the knowledge and skills that suit the job? Yes - Drill in pairs and groups - write on the right side of the board

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

- Showing ss ex. 1 on p.56 in the student book - Asking students to match the addresses and the date of Louise with the correct position on the letter in exercise 2. - Pair checking - Feedback - Showing ss the covering letter in ex. 2 on p.56 in the student book - Dividing ss into 2 groups of 3 - Giving the 2 groups strips of paper of Louise's covering letter - Asking them to put Louise's letter in the correct order. - Monitoring and giving support when needed - Showing the whole covering letter answer key on the board via a PPT - Asking ss to check their answers

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

- Distributing the completed covering letter to ss. -Asking them to look at the full forms of I am and I will - Contrasting the full form of I am and I will in the covering letter with the contracted ones I'm and I'll in What'sap message to your friend. - Asking ss to work individually and underline the set phrases (I am interested in..../I will be available/I look forward to/I enclose my CV/I am a qualified and experienced.........../I am writing in reply to) - Pair checking - Showing the answers on the board in a PPT

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

- Monitoring ss while writing and giving support when needed. - Collecting errors and writing them on the board - Eliciting corrections from ss - Ss display their writings on the wall - Asking ss to consider themselves HR admins and choose a good covering letter

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