Emma Ramsden Emma Ramsden

An email to arrange a trip
A2/B1 (Pre-Intermediate) level


Composing an email using requests, to arrange a visit to Istanbul.


Abc Email (reading handout)
Abc Reply email - gap-fill
Abc Question sheet (relating to the email)
Abc Matching adjectives (opposites) blank answer key for Ss to fill in themselves
Abc Find 2 more phrases in the email (writing task)

Main Aims

  • Reading - this lesson is intended to develop the reading skills, both scanning and reading for detail. The students will have the chance to compose an email to request things for their visit and look at a reply email.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will compose a short reply email using a gap fill activity and will have chance to practice writing and speaking requests.


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

Show picture of a friend who visited Istanbul for the first time. Short anecdote: How my friend got lost in the airport. Why? Because we hadn't arranged a place to meet. Ask Ss - why is it important to give and find out information about a trip? What can we do to find out this information? (ask questions/use requests) Elicit: any experience that students may have had of visiting a place for the first time. Q's - Did they have any difficulties finding a hotel or in the airport?

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in upcoming tasks

Hand out an email for Ss to read. After Ss have had time to read - hand out 4 questions to students and ask them to work in pairs. Display questions on the board for Ss to fill in their answers. Ask students to check and peer check.

Detailed reading task (5-10 minutes) • To find detailed information in an email

Ss are given a handout and find 2 more requests contained in the text. Ss work solo Then, Ss work as pairs to peer check their work.

Language focus (5-0 minutes) • Ss practice composing phrases with a matching task

Ss complete a hand out with a matching activity. Ss check their answers in PW (pairs) Change partners and peer check Answers are on the board Look at the answers as a WC - make some errors and elicit correct answers from Ss.

Pronunciation and drilling (5-7 minutes) • Ss practise speaking the language

WC drilling and pronunciation. Nominate Ss for drilling. Ss then practice asking the questions in pairs PW.

Writing task (5-10 minutes) • Ss will learn how to reply to an email

Ss will be given a gap-fill task to complete. Ss can work solo and then discuss answers in pairs (PW) Gap fill is on board for early finishers to complete if they wish.

Feedback and error correction (5-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on the students use of language

Nominate Ss (A or B) to stand up and practice asking each other questions in pairs. Teacher monitors WC (whole class) Ss sit down and are asked to practice asking requests and replying to requests.

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