TP8 Writing -- Cover letters
Pre-Intermediate A2-B1 level


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Main Aims

  • To provide process and product writing practice of a cover letter to apply for a job

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist and detailed reading practice using a sample cover letter


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

PAIRS/GROUP(s) discuss (based on class numbers) What kind of job they you have now? If they want a new job? Why or why not? 1 minute thinking time, 2 minutes discussion

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

Students will do a 2 part task: 1) Gist 2) Analysis of content to look at the layout and language used in the same sample letter. The purpose of these exercises is to prepare students for the content of the productive writing task. In the GIST task students will read the cover letter one time (2 minutes max) to determine What is this about selecting the correct summary from a list of multiple choices via a Google Form: After, students will try Language Analysis reading the same letter again for detail and matching the numbered sections to the functions, for example A = Company contact info The meaning and form section will be attempted to be kept as minimal as possible, the three key sentences to be used in the task have been highlighted for reference in the slide.

Productive Task(s) (15-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills writing a cover letter with target language presented earlier in the lesson

Students will take 20 minutes (or 10) to write their own cover letter imagining they want to apply for a new job, or a similar job that pays more at another company. After, we will trade with a partner and give each other feedback with this feedback list, checking that all the sections have been included: Checklist: (student) can you read the checklist? Does everyone understand? (Student 1), please write your answer in slide 6

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

After students have completed their individual writing task (in 10-15 minutes) they will read a peers writing and complete and submit a Google form checklist detailing if that student has managed to include the 6 items mentioned in the form/structure of the letter throughout the lesson. Feedback will take anywhere from 5-8 minutes, the teacher will try to outline 1 strong, one needs improvement and 1 point to remember at the end based on the observations of the students writing.

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