Yasser Mustafa Yasser Mustafa

Writing - sending/replying to invitations
intermediate level


In this lesson, students are going to learn how to form an invitation, how to accept an invitation, and how to refuse an invitation. They are going to find the formal and informal invitation.


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Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a invitation and replying

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about invitation and replying


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

I am going to make an open discussion with my students asking them about invitations. Have you ever sent an invitation? What was the last time you sent or received an invitation? What was the event? Do you usually send invitations to your friends or you just call them? What do you feel when somebody invites you to a party?

Pre-teach vocabulary • To make sure that students know the meaning , form and pronunciation of the words invitation and short notice

I am going to present the two words, giving the students the meaning, form, and pronunciation of them. I could use drawings and examples for the word invitation to elicit the meaning. " I have received a birthday invitation, and I will attend the party." /ˌɪn.vɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ 2- Short notice "I can't come to your party as you told me at a short notice. I will clarify that the meaning of short notice is a short time before you do something. I could ask this question: What are you going to do if someone invited you to his birthday at a short notice? or Is it appropriate to invite people at a short notice?

Reading Task • To match the invitations with the replies.

I will ask my students to read the six emails to find which one is an invitation and which one is its reply. They are going to read then match the invitations with the reply. Feedback I am going to monitor them as they are working in pairs then I check the answers with them. The answer key is 1.c/e 2.f/b 3.a/d

Genre Analysis (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

I am going to divide my board into some sections. Invitation sentences, formal or informal, and accepting and refusing with excuses. I will elicit the sentences from my students. Then I write the sentences on the board to contrast formal and informal and to contrast accepting and refusing.

Writing Task(1) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to write an invitation

I will set time for only 5 minutes asking my students to think about an event to invite a classmate to, then write an email of invitation. I will provide my students with a piece of paper to write the email. I will monitor them. Feedback I will take some ideas before moving on to the next practice.

Writing Task(2) • To write replies for the invitations

After they finish writing the invitations, I will take the emails from students redistributing them to the class. I set the time for 5 minutes. Students are going to write a reply to the invitations accepting or refusing giving an appropriate excuse. * I will monitor my students. * I stick students' invitations on the wall asking them to read them find the most accepted one for them.

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

During monitoring, I will take some notes about the students' mistakes in writing or in using correct structures. I will write them on the board discussing them with students. Finally, I will write two sentences of accepting and refusing invitations asking my students about their opinion.

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