Bassem Bassem

learning to write an email giving news
intermediate level


in this lesson, ss will learn to write an email giving news


Abc PPT - Handout - whiteboard - coursebook, Empower

Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of an informal email in the context of i'm going to look for a new job

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide scan reading practice using a text about an email adding new onformation in the context of Hong Kong!!


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

1- T writes the following headings on the board: good news / bad news. 2- T elicits three examples of good news that people might tell their friends and family and two examples of bad news. Write the five pieces of news on the board (e.g. I’m going to get married. I lost my wallet.) 3- T asks: How would you tell this news to your friends and family? 4- T writes these options on the board: – in a letter – face to face – in an email – in a text message – in a phone call – online 5- T Puts students into pairs or small groups to discuss their answers, then take feedback from the different pairs/groups.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

1- T asks ss a question, what changes would you like to make to your life? 2- T provides topics for ss to make notes about like: your job the apartment/house you live in the town/city you live in your free-time activities your studies your friends 3- T encourages them to make notes about the details of what they would like to change and why. 4-T Puts students into pairs or small groups to discuss and compare their ideas. 5-T tells students to read Tania’s email quickly and answer the two questions. 6-Check answers as a class. 7- T gives students time to read the questions, then give them five minutes to read the email again. They then compare answers in pairs.

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

1- T puts students into pairs to choose the correct reason. Then check answers as a class. 2- T puts students into pairs to complete the activity, then check answers as a class by inviting three students up to the board to write the phrases. 3- Individually, students put the words in order to make sentences. 4- T tells students that this next exercise focuses on how Tania introduces additional information in her emails. Put students into pairs to complete the task. Then check answers as a class.

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

1- T tells students that they are going to write an email in which they give some news. Students could choose one of the ‘good news’ topics they listed there in the lead-in. 2-T gives students time to think about all the extra details they are going to write about in their email. 3- T gives students up to 20 minutes to write their emails. Monitor and help if necessary.

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

1- T gives students feedback on their written work, focusing on the structure of their emails and the way they used phrases which add information when telling their news.

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