CELTA TP6 Writing - 7 August 2020
To enable students to practice writing a short email (75-100 words) inviting friends (in another country) to visit them.
To enable students to practice speaking fluency in the context of giving peers feedback on their email writing.
To increase students’ lexical range in the context of writing short informal emails.
Procedure (36-44 minutes)
T greets Ss and welcomes them to class. [Title slide] T: Shows image of email [slide] T: Can you guess from this image what we’ll be learning tonight? Elicits answers from Ss. T: That’s right! Tonight we’ll be practicing writing emails. Has anyone written emails in English? [Elicits answers from Ss.] T: What kinds of emails have you written? [Elicits answers from Ss ad writes them on the slide] Examples: → personal: inviting friends over for dinner, planning a party, catching up with family, sending condolences, announcing the birth of a baby, ETC. → professional - work: scheduling a meeting, sending a link/document, sending feedback, ETC. → professional - studies: requesting a reference letter, scheduling a meeting with a professor, RSVPing for an event at school, asking Qs re: an assignment, ETC. T: Great! We can see that there are many types of emails that we might write in our day-to-day lives. And some of these types of emails are more formal than others. ___, can you tell me what I mean by ‘formal’? Formal: not relaxed and friendly; exactly correct by grammatical rules but not conversational. T: Let’s try grouping some examples of emails into ‘formal’ or ‘informal’ categories. Now I’ll send a link to an activity in the chat [describes activity - collaboratively sorting types of emails into ‘formal’ or ‘informal categories] [Sends link to Jamboard: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1LjUj9vfdS7SzmkoLWtD96BGdW56u9ZtjDpp7jnYxxGg/edit?usp=sharing ] FORMAL or INFORMAL? FORMAL: An email to a customer A job application An email to your manager A complaint to a shop An email to your professor INFORMAL: A birthday greeting to a colleague An email to a colleague who is also a good friend A social invitation to a friend An email with a link to a funny YouTube clip A message to a friend on a social networking site One thing to note is that emails (and all correspondence) is not strictly formal or informal; rather we can imagine a spectrum with formal on one end and informal on the other, with all communication falling somewhere in between.
T gets Ss attention. T: Have a look at these two emails. Which one would be considered formal? Hi Laura, Many thanks for your help! See you next week. Cheers, Sandy Dear Ms. Castro, I am writing to thank you for all your help. I look forward to seeing you next week. With best wishes, Sandra Jones T: What are the clues that tell us that this one is formal? [T elicits parts of email from Ss before telling them] Salutation/greeting OR starting phrase: Dear Sign-off or ending phrase: With best wishes Longer and more grammatically correct sentences in the body of the email T: Now let’s brainstorm some formal and informal starting and ending phrases. I’m going to send you into breakout rooms with a partner to brainstorm for 3 minutes. Then we’ll come together as a full group and write them all down. ICQ: Are we brainstorming formal or informal phrases? [both!] ICQ: Are we working in pairs or small groups? [pairs] ICQ: How many minutes do we have [3 minutes] T sends Ss into breakouts rooms. Ss return to the main session for OCFB and fill in the chart: T: Okay, now let’s do an exercise with the same partners. I’m going to send you a link to the exercise in the chat. Sends link to Google form: https://forms.gle/cK8nhQ5bMfufTRbw7 Shows Ss exercise and explains: please complete the sentences... Let’s take 3 minutes to complete the exercise. ICQ: Are we filling in the blanks with these words? [yes] ICQ: Are we working in pairs or small groups? [pairs] ICQ: How many minutes do we have [3 minutes] T sends Ss into breakouts rooms. Ss return to the main session for OCFB and goes through the answers: Dear Nadia, I’m coming to the 'Teaching for Change' conference next week. I'm glad you are going, too. I'm arriving on Monday afternoon. I'll text you when I get to the hotel. Perhaps we can meet in the evening? Are you free to go out for a meal at about 7:30? Hope to see you soon, Lisa [Adapted from the British Council’s “English for Emails Unit 5: Making arrangements” https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/business-english/english-for-emails/unit-5-making-arrangements] T: Let’s do another exercise all together. I’m going to send you a link in the chat. Sends link to Jamboard: https://jamboard.google.com/d/1CmKaVH_bn1MLXxhr0PtWTa6E7B1T0yqMQIoL8Kv7eVo/edit?usp=sharing Let’s rearrange these phrases into the right order: A. I can call you then if it is convenient. B. Simon Mitchell C. Are you free to talk about it on the phone tomorrow at about 3.30? D. Head Teacher – Mexico City International School E. Could you please let me know? F. Dear Ms. Moore, G. I look forward to hearing from you soon. H. With best wishes, I. Thank you for your last email. [Adapted from the British Council’s “English for Emails Unit 5: Making arrangements” https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/business-english/english-for-emails/unit-5-making-arrangements] Answers: F. Dear Ms. Moore I. Thank you for your last email. C. Are you free to talk about it on the phone tomorrow at about 3.30? A. I can call you then if it is convenient. E. Could you please let me know? G. I look forward to hearing from you soon. H. With best wishes, B. Simon Mitchell D. Head Teacher – Mexico City International School
T gets Ss attention. T: Okay! Now we’re going to practice writing a short email (75-100 words) inviting friends (in another country) to visit. T: Here’s an example of an email that I wrote to my friend Kristen in London, England: [show image] T nominates S to read aloud: Dear Kristen, How are you? I hope this finds you well! It was such a pleasure to see you here in Mexico City last winter - I can't believe it was so long ago! It feels like just yesterday that you were here :) I hope you can come visit again soon! Our guest room is always available whenever you can make it - please do let me know what you think! Is there a time that might work best for you? Looking forward to seeing you soon! Very best wishes, Zoë Now let’s take 5 minutes to write your own individual emails. Remember, you’re writing to invite friends (in another country) to visit. After 5 minutes we’ll come back together and then I’ll send you to breakout rooms to share your email with your partner. ICQ: Are we writing formal emails to schedule a meeting? [no, we’re writing to invite a friend to visit] ICQ: Are we working individually or in pairs? [individually] ICQ: How many minutes do we have? [5 minutes] T: Does anyone need more time? [Offers more time if needed]. T: Okay, let’s share our email with our partner. You can do so by copying your text and pasting it in the chat, making sure to send it as a private message to your partner. T: Does everyone have each other’s emails? Great! Okay, now let’s take 3 minutes to read our partner’s email and make notes - do you notice any mistakes? Can you suggest any ways to make their messages better? ICQ: Are we reading our partner’s email? [yes] ICQ: Are we making notes to help them improve? [yes] ICQ: Are we working individually or in pairs? [individually] ICQ: How many minutes do we have? [3 minutes] T: Okay, now I’m going to send you to the breakout rooms to chat with your partner and share your feedback. We have five minutes to share feedback. ICQ: Are we writing another email? [no, we’re sharing our feedback with our partners] ICQ: Are we working individually or in pairs? [in pairs]] ICQ: How many minutes do we have? [5 minutes] T sends Ss to breakout rooms.
[sends link to checklist in Google forms: https://forms.gle/X7a2GDnxaSdMQgBu9] T: Take 5 more minutes with your partner to go over the checklist, then we’ll come back together as a whole class for feedback. T: But before you go back to work with your partner, please send me your email in the chat. Remember to send it to me individually, not to everyone. ICQ: Are you sending me your email in the chat? [yes] ICQ: Are you working with your partner to make sure your email has everything listed on the checklist? [yes] ICQ: Are we working individually or in pairs? [in pairs]] ICQ: How many minutes do we have? [5 minutes] T collects all emails in the chat and sends Ss to breakout rooms. T calls Ss back to the main session. T addresses good language and errors noted while monitoring in breakout rooms and shares 1-2 of the best texts with the class. T thanks Ss for their time and their hard work and says goodnight :)