Basma Abdelsattar Basma Abdelsattar

intermediate level


in this lesson, students learn how to email an old friend.


Abc HO1
Abc HO2

Main Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a mail in the context of e-mailing an old friend

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of language used to e-mail an old friend in the context of some (phrases , friendly opening and closing lines) of an email.


Lead-in (5-7 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

-Ask students what is friendship? Is it something important? -Do you make friends easily? for me once I feel comfortable I can make friends what about you? -listen to students and then move to the next question -Tel; the students Now I want you to tell your partner about your best friend....(how did you meet your best friend and where? and how many years you've been friends?

Exposure (7-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through a written email.

-Give the students HO1 to read the email. -Ask them to find some information about laura and charlotte. -Ask them to read the first and second paragraphs and write about them to check while monitoring and then they can keep going. -Check the answers into pairs. -check the answers as a class. -Give the students HO2 ask them to fill the gaps into pairs. -check the answers as a class.

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

-Elicit language used for opening emails(Dear..., Hi...) -Elicit friendly opening lines(How’s it going?/ How are things?/ How’s life?/ How are you doing?) --Remind them next step is to write what do you remember and expect about your friend and ask what's new in their lives. -After that, they can speak about themselves(work, relationship, plan). -Tell students as he/she is your best friend and used to know your family well you can speak about them and what happened in the previous years. -Elicit some friendly closing lines(I look forward to hearing from you (soon)./ Do write back) and greetings(lots of love, all my love,...) -the last step highlighting important information ps(postscript, note).

Productive Task (6-8 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills through emailing an old friend.

-Ask the students to imagine that they traveled and lost the connection with their best friends for two years and found their mails now. -Ask them to write an email using the phrases in HO2 and the main points on the board.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-7 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

-Ask the students to swap emails. -They check if the email includes(opening friendly lines, the body, closing friendly lines). -Ask is it formal or friendly?.

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