Menna Hatem Menna Hatem

Writing Informal Emails
Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will be asked some lead in questions to generate their interest in the topic of writing informal email to an old friend. Then, they will read an informal email from a friend to another old friend to be prepared answering a gist question and to have a general understanding of the text. That will be followed be doing two controlled practices that aim at developing learners writing skill by drawing their attention to features of the content and the language. Finally, they will do a free practice for the main aim of writing informal email to an old friend or a teacher.


Abc Exercises Sheet

Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a informal email in the context of telling an old friend about the latest news during the past two years.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about informal email in the context of a girl that writes an email to her old friend.


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

I am going to ask CCQs related to the context and discuss them with students. For example, How many close friends do you have? Is any one of them an old friend ? Are you still in touch with any of your old friends? What was in common between you both?

Reading for gist (8-10 minutes) • To enable learners to get a general understanding of the text.

I would start up with giving the instructions that they should read the text in 2 minutes .Then, they are going to tell me about what they learnt about Laura an Charlotte. I will ask them ICQs , such as

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


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


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


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