Writing a cover letter for a job advertisement
Intermediate level


In this lesson, Ss see an example of a cover letter for a job advertisement, study it and write their own cover letters for a job.


Abc Coursebook - Speakout Intermediate
Abc HOs

Main Aims

  • To provide process and product writing practice of a cover letter in the context of job advertisements

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and scan reading practice using a cover letter in the context of job advertisements


Warmer/Lead-in (6-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show Ss a picture of palm trees by the ocean (half of the job advertisement picture). Ask them the following to discuss in pairs: - What kind of place is this? Do you want to live or work there? Elicit some answers from Ss. *** Show them the other half of the picture with the job advertisement on the w/b and elicit "job advertisement". Give them HOs and ask them "Would you want this job? Why or why not? Show reasons from the text" and Ss discuss in pairs for 2 minutes.

Exposure (4-6 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Tell Ss that someone wants the job and her name is Alison. She wrote a covering letter for the job to Richard Smith. *** Put Ss into pairs and give them a previously cut and jumbled versions of the letter. Tell them you want them to put the parts into correct order. For that, they will need hints. Their hints will be written on small pieces of paper (you can either give the hints to them directly or you can stick them to the walls of the class to get them moving a bit) *** Give Ss 2-3 minutes to put the pieces into correct order. *** Give them the answer key (a full version of the letter as in the Coursebook) ***

Highlighting (10-12 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Ask Ss "Do you think Alison would be good for the job? Why / Why not?" Have them discuss in pairs and show reference from the letter to justify their answers for two minutes. Elicit answers from Ss *** Now tell Ss to think and discuss for two minutes "what the writer does at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the letter" (remind them to look at the hints they have to put the parts of the letter into correct order) Elicit answers and give w/c FB *** Ask them about the language of the letter. Is it formal or informal? Tell them to find examples of formal language in the letter for two minutes with a partner. Elicit answers and give w/c FB.

Free Practice (15-17 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Project three job advertisements on the board and tell Ss to choose one of them. They will write a covering letter for it. Give them 2 minutes to tell their partners which job they chose and their reasons for it. *** Give them HOs (a template for a covering letter) to fill in the information. They should work alone for 5-6 minutes. While monitoring, check for errors. *** Once they are finished, have Ss find a new pair and stand up. They should tell their partners why they would be good for the job for 2-3 minutes. While they are listening, they should take notes about their partners. *** Have them change pairs and now they are supposed to tell their new partners which job their previous partners chose and why they thought they would be good for the job (2 minutes)

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