LPTP6_INFORMAL EMAIL INVITE
To introduce Ss to an informal email and provide practice of writing a short email (35-40 words) inviting a friend (in another country) to visit you.
1. To provide an opportunity for Ss to recognize and identify the purpose (informal email is sent to a friend) and structure (4 simple parts) of an informal email and the language appropriate for an informal email as well as a the meaning of “subject” of an email. 2. To help Ss recall a few useful words (lexis) such as “How’s it going?” and “wanna visit,” etc. to write an informal email.
Procedure (40-45 minutes)
SLIDE 1 LEAD-IN (4 MIN) The purpose is to contextualise the lesson and engage students. Interaction Pattern: T-SS (4 min): T reads question “What is the best time of the year to visit your country?” and lets students think for a bit. T shares new screen: via jamboard on this link: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1N3FOguOrptvrskpkYHhanaFML49C1NBF7C2NY8-dYYM/edit?usp=sharing. T instructs: Answer this question with a sticky note like this (T demonstrates with sticky note on jamboard). Then I move the note over like this. T stops sharing screen. T shares the link above and asks ICQs and instructs: Do you see the link? Click on it. Do you see the question in the middle? Get a sticky note on the left and answer the question. T gives Ss 3-4 minutes for Ss to answer the question while T monitors and helps to move the notes to other places so they do not stack on top of each other. T asks 1 volunteer to explain their answer by asking the volunteer this question: Why is that the best time to visit your country? SLIDE 2 T shares screen (stops at slide 2). T reads the aim for students: You will learn how to write an email to invite a friend from another country to visit you.
SLIDE 3 TEXT (SAMPLE) ANALYSIS (12 MIN) The purpose is to provide an opportunity for Ss to recognize and identify the purpose (informal email is sent to a friend) and structure (4 simple parts) of an informal email and the language appropriate for an informal email as well as a the meaning of “subject” of an email. SAMPLE EMAIL: Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2020 14:05:45 Subject: Visit USA From: Pat <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Hey Maria! How’s it going? Remember, you wanted to see fall colors in the USA? Well, you wanna visit this October? I’ll just be home the whole month. Let me know when. Hope you can come! Talk to you soon, Pat (1 min): Introduction to sample and Instruction for Guided Discovery Handout (GDH) titled “Email to a friend” Interaction Pattern: T-SS T shows a sample of an informal email and asks: What is this? T elicits 1 S to answer (Answer should be: an email) T shares new screen and instructs in new screen for students to read the email and answer questions on the GDH via this link: https://forms.gle/jRPCvUPRPZKZ1Bsf6 T stops sharing screen and shares the link then asks ICQs and instructs: Do you see the link? Click on it. Give a thumbs up if you see the form called “Email to a friend.” You have about 7 minutes. (7 min): Students work on Guided Discovery Handout (GDH) titled “Email to a friend” Interaction Pattern: S T gives Ss about 7 minutes to read sample email and answer questions about meaning, appropriacy and the structure (4 parts) of an informal email. Meanwhile T is available to help Ss. T stops sharing screen and begins to create breakout rooms. After about 7 min, T shares screen of responses on GDH, shows charts of responses and say: Thumbs up if you got all correct. T shares new screen to slide 4. SLIDE 4 (1 min): Review MA and quick demo P Interaction Pattern: T-SS T says: This is an INFORMAL email. An informal email uses informal language and less complete sentences and sounds like someone’s talking. Listen. (T reads email like talking). T asks CCQ: Do we send an informal email to a boss or a friend? (a friend) SLIDES 5-6 The purpose is to help Ss recall a few useful words (lexis) such as “How’s it going?” and “wanna visit,” etc. to write an informal email. Interaction Pattern: T-SS SLIDE 5 (2 min) FORM: T asks CCQs: What is another way of saying “How’s it going?” (How are you? or How are you doing?) What is a longer way of saying “wanna visit”? (want to visit) T elicits 1-2 Ss to fill in the yellow blanks: What other words can go on the yellow lines? SLIDE 6 (1 min) FORM: T elicits 1-2 Ss to share other sentences that they can use to invite a friend to visit. Examples can be: subject=Come to my country! Part 3: Visit me… Hope you can visit…
SLIDES 7-15 WRITING: PRODUCT APPROACH (19 MIN) The purpose is to provide Ss the opportunity to write their own email with scaffolded instructions. SLIDES 7-11, 14: Interaction Pattern: T-SS; SLIDES 13 & 15: Interaction Pattern: S; S-S-S SLIDE 7 (2 min) Scaffold Writing Task 1—T says: Now YOU write the email. Invite a friend from another country to visit you. First write the subject of your email. For example: Visit Exciting Mexico City! T shares new screen to google docs via this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GYhUG9EqJNlqziKMdVMJEQluribwcNQ2TyXCDrfzp20/edit?usp=sharing T says: You will write on a form like this. T returns to this presentation screen/slide 7. T shares google docs link and asks ICQs & instructs: Do you see the link? Click on it. Do you see the form? Find your name. Do you see the word “Subject” under your name? Write a subject for your email. SLIDE 8 (20 sec) Scaffold Writing Task 2. T says: Choose the name of 1 friend from another country. For example: Pa, Venus, John, or another friend. SLIDE 9 (2 min) Scaffold Writing Task 3. T says: Do you have the name of a friend who lives in another country? If not, just think of any name. Write hello or hi to this friend. When you’re done, give me a thumbs up. SLIDE 10 (1 min) Scaffold Writing Task 4. T says: When do you want your friend to visit? Write that down. SLIDE 11 (1 min) Scaffold Writing Task 5. T says: Where do you want your friend to visit? Write that down. SLIDE 12 Interaction Pattern: S (5 min) Scaffold Writing Task 6—the body of the email. T says: Write your when and where into sentences. You have 5 min to write and fix your sentences. Write done in the chat when you’re done. SLIDE 13 Interaction Pattern: S (part of the 5 min of slide 12 but leave this slide for 5 min). T says: Here are some useful words to help you as you write. T gives Ss 5 min and finishes organizing breakout rooms then monitors students’ writing language, typing up good language and language to change for language fb. SLIDE 14 Interaction Pattern: T-SS (2 min) Scaffold Writing Task 7: Now that you finished inviting your friend. You need to say goodbye and sign your name. Do that now. Give me a thumbs up when you’re done. T begins to organize students to check each other’s email by typing their name next to their classmate’s name in the google doc. SLIDES 15 Interaction Pattern: T-SS; S-S-S The purpose is to scaffold instructions for Ss to use the checklist to check their emails. (5 min) Peer Checklist—FB. T says: Congrats! You wrote an informal email in English! Now I have a checklist for you to use to check your classmates’ emails. But first, we need to decide which email you will check. T shares new screen to emails on google doc and types student’s name next to whose email to check and scrolls down so students see. T demos by clicking on the checklist on the header and answering yes or no for: Is there a subject? T gives Ss 4 minutes to do this task, gets breakout rooms ready and continues to type good language and language to change in notes on presentation slide 17. CHECKLIST: 1. Is there a subject? yes/no 2. Is there a hello? yes/no 3. Is there an invite? yes/no 4. Is there a goodbye yes/no 5. Is the language informal but friendly? yes/no
SLIDE 16 CONTENT and LANGUAGE FB (10 MIN) The purpose is to allow Ss to give content feedback on their product (informal email) and to give and receive language feedback. Interaction Pattern: S-S-S (5 min): Content FB T gives instructions, typing “Talk together and decide which is the most interesting email” into the chat to everyone then sends Ss to breakout rooms to talk and decide in breakout rooms which of 3 emails are most interesting while T finishes typing up good language and language to change for language fb in notes section of slide 17. After 4 minutes, T brings everyone back to main room and asks for 1 volunteer to tell which email they think is the most interesting. SLIDE 17 (5 min) Language FB Interaction Pattern: T-SS T asks Ss to tell what good language they found and what language they think need changing. T gives her list and shows Ss.