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A Covering Letter
Intermediate, B1 level


In my lesson, SS will elicit how to write a formal covering letter by reading for gist a sample one and analyzing the parts of this letter as a receptive skill. They will also induce some necessary vocabulary related to writing a formal letter. They will convey the difference between formal and informal letters and experience writing a formal letter as the productive skill.


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Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a Writing a formal letter in the context of A covering letter

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of Formal letter words in the context of A formal covering letter


Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • Brainstorm

SS will look at the photo of a man. They will think over two questions for a moment and express their ideas individually. - Look at this photo. - Read the questions. - Thisnk individually for a minute. -WC FB They will also elisit the meaning of "a covering letter." covering letter (noun) /ˈkʌv.ər.ɪŋ ˌlet.ər/ : a letter that contains information about the thing it is sent with. It draws the employer's attention to relevant parts of your CV. "Please send a covering letter with your application form." CCQ : * Do you write it to your friend? No * Is it a formal letter? Yes * Is it longer than CV? No

Generating Ideas • To make SS think over a job application form

SS will be shown a sample job advertisement and be asked to think over a suitable applicant for this job. They will also assess their own qualifications.

Focus on a model text (5-8 minutes) • To make SS encounter the form and meaning of a formal letter

SS will be made to read a sample covering letter. Then, as GW, they will decide whether this person is good for the job advertisement they have seen in the previous task. - Form groups. - "Read this covering letter." - "Do you think this person would be good for the job? Why? Why not?" - HO - First individual, then GW. - 5 minutes * - Elicit the new vocabulary (as given in the assumptions part) - GW FB

Organizing the Structure (5-7 minutes) • To differenciate formal and informal writing

SS will be made to elicit the difference of formal and informal writing styles. formal (adj)/ˈfɔː.məl/ : public or official. "I am writing a formal letter." CCQ: * Am I writing to a friend? No * Am I doing sth serious? Yes informal (adj)/ɪnˈfɔː.məl/ : not formal or official, with friends and family. "We had an informal talk." CCQ: *Did we talk official things? No * Can we be friends or relatives? Yes - "Now, decide: Is the wording of the letter formal or informal?" - "Find examples in the letter. Underline." - PW FB

Organizing Ideas (3-5 minutes) • To clarify the usage of formal expressions

SS will match the definitions with their formal statements used in the covering letter. -"Find the phrases which match the meaning in the letter " - "Volunteers come and match the answers on the board." - Individual and WC FB

Organizing the meaning (3-5 minutes) • Parts of a formal letter

SS will be asked to read the notes which refer to parts of the formal letter. They will be asked to find the relevant part in the given formal letter. - "Work with your partner." - "Read the notes." - "Match them to the parts of the letter." - 3 minutes. - AK

Writing (15-20 minutes) • SS write a similar formal letter

SS will be given three job advertisements and according to their choice, they will write a similar covering letter. - "Look at the job advertisements." - "Choose one and don't tell anyone." - Write a covering letter for it." - "You have 15 minutes."

Peer Evaluation (5-7 minutes) • Peers give feedback to each other's writing task

SS read each other's writing sheet and decide which ad they belong to. - "OK, now swap your sheets." - "Decide which advertisement did your partner apply for?" - "Is he suitable for this ad? Why? Why not?"

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