To provide process and product of an informal email to describe a visit to a friend
To provide an opportunity for Ss to practice reading for gist and specific information in the context of an informal email to describe a visit to a friend.
Procedure (35-43 minutes)
T shows Ss the photo of "an old woman writing a letter". T elicits the word "letter writing".
T shows Ss the wad of "letter puzzle". Ss get into pairs. T instructs Ss in letter sorting activity. T: Read the letter quickly and put it in the right order. T allocates 3 minutes for the task. Pairs compare the final work. T gives out the key. (One for four) Groups check responses. T invites Ss to pick one or two question slips. T encourages Ss to discuss it with the partner who has the same slip. Ss shortly discuss the answers in pairs. T gets one person from each pair to form a team. T gets Ss to discuss the "What do you know about...?" diagram. Ss discuss the items. T monitors the activity to: 1. make sure Ss are on the right track. 2. help Ss with useful language.
Ss remain in groups. T posts the "General Advice and Informal Language" poster on the board. T instructs Ss in searching for the items. T: "Reread the letter and find the items." T allocates 5 minutes. Groups swap members to check their work. T monitors the activity to: 1. make sure Ss are on the right track. 2. help Ss with useful language.
T gives out the "Writing Task - An Informal Letter to a Friend" H/O. T instructs Ss in reading the task before writing the letter. T: Fold the paper. Do not open it. Read the task quickly. T asks the CCQs: T: What is the story? T allocates 10 minutes. T posts the "Useful Language - Informal Emails" on the board. T encourages the students to try and apply the language in their letters. Ss put pen down to paper and start the task. T monitors the activity to: 1. make sure Ss are on the right track. 2. help Ss with useful language. 3. Collect probable language/lexis errors.
T publishes their work in form of a gallery. T gets Ss to read each other's work and see if they have anything in common. T: Read your works. Find three things in common with others. T writes the errors collected from the pieces and puts them on the board. T gets Ss to pair up and correct/reformulate the errors. T: Work with your partner. Correct the errors.