By the end of the lesson, Ss will have practised letter writing in the context of talking about places to see in their city.
Ss will have also practised 4 functional items of language for writing a semi-formal letter.
Procedure (41-50 minutes)
- T shows the Ss 3 different pictures on slide 2 – the pictures are of 3 places you can visit in London - Buckingham Palace - Big Ben - The London Eye - Instructions: Today we are going to talk a little bit about interesting places. On the screen, you can see 3 pictures. You have 1 minute to think about where these pictures are and the names of the places in the picture. - T asks for feedback in the main zoom room using the questions ‘where are these pictures taken?’ and ‘what can you see in picture A?’ - T reveals the names of the places on the slide
- T shows Ss the letter on slide 3 and also sends the activity over the chat - Ss have 4 minutes to read through the text and answer the 4 questions in the google forms in b/o rooms. - Instructions: We are going to look at writing a letter. This is a letter from me to Mario because he is coming to visit me in London at Christmas! You have 4 minutes to read the letter and answer the 4 questions on the google forms. You can discuss the letter and the answers with your partner in your breakout room. - T looks at the google form with Ss in the main zoom room 1. LONDON 2. THE HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT 3. TO GO FOR WALKS 4. AT THE AIRPORT - T shows the correct options on the google form. If time, T can ask Ss for their answers
- T shows Ss slide 4 where they must decide the function of each section - Instructions: Now we are going to look at the organisation of the letter. Match the sections of the text A-D with the headings 1-4. You have 1 minute. - T demos using the annotate option on zoom. - Ss have 1 minute in the main zoom room to match the answers. - T asks Ss to send their answers in the chat. - Instruction: Send your answers in the chat. Here are the answers, check your answers! - T reads through the answers on the slide.
- T shows Ss slide 5 where we can see useful language - Instructions: Here we can see some useful language for writing a letter. - Dear is used at the start of a letter. This is quite formal. A less formal start could be ‘hi’ or ‘to’. We put ‘dear’ plus the name. A common error is ‘hi dear Mario’ – in this case, ‘dear’ is showing that you have a very close relationship with Mario and it’s not always appropriate. - Let me tell you about is used to start the content of the letter, it shows you are going to talk a bit about something. We follow this with a noun and maybe a list of things. This is not very formal. - Let me know is a nice way of asking for information. This is also not very formal but it shows a friendly relationship between me and Mario. - Best wishes / Kind regards are semi-formal ways to end a letter. Super informal examples could be love from or no sentence before your name and a more formal way to end the letter could be yours sincerely. - T asks appropriacy CCQ: Do you think this letter is formal, neutral or informal? - T makes a note on the screen: This is more formal than informal with a combination of polite and friendly language.
- T shows Ss slide 6. - Instructions: Let’s practise with another example of a semi-formal letter, this time from Dave to Larissa. Notice the similar language. Put the letter into the correct order. You have 2 minutes. - T demos using the colours of the box as the answer. - Ss have 2 minutes to do the activity in the main zoom room as this is individual controlled practice. - (If time, students can check answers in b/o rooms) - Instructions: Let’s check the answers together… - T shows the answers on the screen using the colours of the boxes. - Note the use of Kind regards
- T shows Ss slide 7 and explains the writing task instructions. - Instructions: You are going to write a letter to me! You have 15 minutes. Remember to include the new vocabulary and the letter structure we’ve looked at in class. Your letter should be about things to do and see in your town or city. Or, if you prefer you can choose another place you know well! Do not spend time deciding on a place!! - T sends Ss the link to the google jamboard. T demos on the jamboard to show them how to type so they can start their letter. Ss are assigned a different number on the jamboard. Send them their number in the chat box! - Instructions: I will start my timer. I will tell you when you have 2 minutes left. Please don’t worry if you don’t finish! Here we go!
- T conducts DEC to follow up on the freer productive stage. - Ss have a checklist and they can look at another person’s writing to see if they completed their letter. Show them slide 8 - If time, they can do this in b/o rooms