Celta Lesson Plan 3
To introduce and practice the verbs 'wait for, expect to and look forward to.'
To provide clarification of and practice how to start and close formal and informal e-mails.
To provide clarification of lexis in the context of formal and informal e-mails.
Procedure (37-50 minutes)
T shows the picture of a pregnant woman and says: 'This is Linda. She's a 39 year old teacher.' In order to elicit the word 'pregnant' T asks: 'Can you tell me something about her?' After eliciting the word 'pregnant', T writes on board: 'She's pregnant. She's expecting to have a baby'. T shows the picture of a pregnant woman and her daughter and says: 'This is Alice. She's 7 years old. She's Linda's daughter. ' T asks: 'Can you tell me something about her? How does she feel?' After eliciting the answers, T writes on board: 'She's very excited. She's looking forward to having a sister'. T shows the picture of a man and says: 'This is John. He's a 42 year old finance manager.'T asks: 'Where's he now?' After eliciting the word 'hospital', T asks again: 'What's he doing? (possible answer: 'He's waiting.'), 'Is he doing anything else?' (No). T writes on board: 'He's waiting for his wife at the hospital. They'll have a baby'.
T draws Ss' attention to the board again, underlines the verbs in the sentences and says: 'Today we will focus on these phrases'. T asks Ss to look at their handouts, page 15, exercise 7. Ss match the phrases to their meanings. Ss check their answers in pairs and then as a class.
T revises the meaning of these phrases by giving situations like: 'You're at the bus stop. What are you doing there? - waiting for the bus.' 'You will meet your friend at 8 in front of Starbucks. It's 8 o'clock and you're at Starbucks. What are you doing there?-waiting for my friend'. 'You called a friend and she said 'I'll call you back in a minute.' 'What are you doing now?'-expecting your friend to call you. 'You're broke. You don't have any money left. You'll get your salary in two days. How do you feel?' - 'You're looking forward to getting your salary.' T writes the answers on board and underlines the structures. T points out that wait for is followed by a noun, expect to is followed by a verb infinitive and look forward to is followed by a noun or a Ving form.
T tells the Ss that they will fill in the blanks of the sentences on the worksheet by using the given phrases. T hands in the ws, Ss do the task, check their answers in pairs and then as a class.
T shows two pictures of people having a meeting and asks: 'What are these people doing?(They're having a meeting.) T tries to elicit answers like 'formal and informal' by asking: What's the difference?' After eliciting answers from the Ss, T explains that language can also be formal and informal.
T asks the Ss to work in groups, look at the e-mails in exercises 2&3 on page 14 and say which ones are more formal? T elicits answers. T asks CCQs like; 'Do we use formal language when we write to our family?' (No) 'Do we use formal language when we write to our friends or collegues?' (No) 'Do we use formal language when we write to boss or people we don't know well?' (Yes) 'Do we use titles like Mr, Ms, Mrs and Dr when we write an informal e-mail?' 'What do we write?' (Hi, name, Hi name etc.) T asks the Ss to have a look at the e-mail closings and decide whether they are formal, informal or both. Ss work in groups. T checks the answers as a class and writes the answers on board.
T divides the Ss into two groups and hands in slips of papers. Ss are supposed to read the situations and decide how to start and close e-mails in these situations. T checks answers together with the class.