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Sending and Replying to Invitations by E-mail
Intermediate level


In this lesson,students will practice their writing skill and will learn about how to send and how to preply to invitations. The lesson starts with a discussion on the types of invitations. This is followed by a reading activity when students read three e-mails and match the invitations with their corresponding replies. Finally they will think about an event to invite a classmate to, then write an email of invitation. Afterwards, each s will read his/her classmate's email and accept or refu the invitation giving an appropriate excuse.


Abc Projector
Abc Vocabulary prompts
Abc cards
Abc white board
Abc writing handouts
Abc pictures

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, ss will have practiced and developed their skill as to the process of writing an invitation e-mail.

Subsidiary Aims

  • to learn and practice useful phrases for accepting or refusing an invitation
  • To practice reading for gist.


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

Whiteboard race Hang few pictures on the walls of different invitations to events, allow the ss sometime to check what the pictures are. after guessing the theme,i.e. invitations, divide students into two teams, and divide the whiteboard down the middle. Students line up in two teams. The first person in each line has a pen. Ask them to run to the board and to write a type of invitation. This would check prior knowledge.

Exposure (5-7 minutes) • Reading invitation emails and their replies

To provide a model of production expected in the coming writing task, hand the ss invitation emails along with their replies seperately. SS work in groups to match the invitations with their corresponding replies and then decide which type of invitation (meeting, wedding, to stay for the weekend).

Genre Analysis (6-8 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for the coming writing

SS focus on the language used in the emails. SS make a contrast between formal and informal. SS extract the set of phrases for inviting, accepting and refusing (and excuses made). Provide them with cards they can fill in if they have any expressions to add. Project the phrases on the board. Draw their attention to the length and format of the texts. Explain the format on the board.

Writing (15-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice writing an invitation

SS think of an event to invite a classmate to. (3mins) SS write an email of invitation.(10 mins) Take the emails from the ss and redistribute them to the class. SS read the email and accept or refuse the invitation giving an approritate excuse. (5 mins) SS stick the invitations up on the wall and everyone gets up and looks around. SS use sticky notes to vote for which invitation they would like to accept the most. (2 mins)

Feedback and Error Correction (5-7 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Content/ language feedback.

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