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Writing - A personal profile
Pre-intermidiate level


In this lesson, students will be exposed to the structure and form used in writing a personal profile. They will be shown examples of personal profiles and how they are to be structured.


Abc Gap-fill handlout

Main Aims

  • To provide Ss with the process and structure by which a personal profile can be written.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide an opportunity for Ss to produce an accurate personal profile.


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

T shows Ss slide of three individuals and asks them to guess personal information regarding the three. Ss are placed in breakout rooms to discuss their guesses. Ss are then taken out of the breakout rooms to discuss their thoughts.

Gist (1-1 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

T shows Ss slide of his own personal profile as an example of the lesson topic and advises them as such.

Layout (4-5 minutes) • To analyze and/or identify elements of layout that provide coherence and cohesion in the text.

T keeps his personal profile slide on screen as he highlights its form. Features such as paragraph linking, order, and separating of ideas are covered. The meaning and content of a personal profile are also explained. As a check on comprehension, selected paragraphs are highlighted and the Ss are asked to identify the main idea of each paragraph.

Formulaic Language (5-5 minutes) • To analyze and/or identify language conventions in the text.

T introduces the Ss to the transitional phrases 'as well as' and 'also'. Ss are given the meaning of both and the context in which they are used. Ss are shown examples of the phrases used in sentences for clarification. Ss are then given a gap-fill activity and are asked to use these phrases in the correct context. Answers are discussed in OCFB.

Parallel Writing (8-9 minutes) • To practice layout and language conventions previously seen in some writing exercises.

T provides Ss with an example of a personal profile for examination. Ss will be asked to review the first paragraph and complete the second, which has missing transitional phrases. As a comprehension check, Ss are presented with a second profile with paragraphs out of order and are asked to unscramble it. Task answers along with feedback discussed in OCFB.

Freer Writing (14-15 minutes) • To produce a similar text based on the sample for fluency purposes.

T utilizes Google Forms to once again show his profile to Ss. Ss are then asked to write their own personal profiles, mimicking the Ts profile to complete the writing assignment. Ss are informed their profiles should utilize the form and structure of those shown and discussed. Ss are given ample time to complete their profiles and given mini DEC as needed.

Publishing & Feedback (4-5 minutes) • To allow learners to share their text and get feedback on the contents/language of their production.

Ss then sent into breakout rooms so that they can share their profile with at least one other student. Ss discuss their personal profiles while in breakout rooms. T will ask Ss for one or two facts about their breakout room partner as OCFB and conduct delayed error correction as well.

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