José David Carrillo García José David Carrillo García

TP8 Formal letter
Elementary level


In this TP, students will learn how to write a formal letter in the context of applying for a job, they will see how it is structured and use their personal information for creting their own personal letter


Abc TP8 Formal Letters ppt

Main Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a formal letter in the context of applying for a job.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide listening practice for writing the boby of formal letter in the context of applying for a job.
  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about letter structure in the context of applying for a job.


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To engage learners and activate their previous knowledge of topic area

Teacher displays VB (Slide 1) which consists an image of a person writing a formal letter. Slide 2 Teacher Nominates one student to answer the questions (or to ask you the questions) Teacher sends students to BoR to so that they as the questions one another: Mr. Moody is applying for a summer job. What are common summer jobs in your city? Do you need experience? Is finding a formal job a long process or a short process? Would you like to work in a company with a good salary and a lot of stress? or Would you like to work for a bad salary and no stress?

Gist Task (Sample analysis) (4-6 minutes) • To provide initial familiarity with the structure of the letter.

Slide 3 Say “we are reviewing a formal letter for a job application” Teacher shows the sample letter (text covered just to show the initial structure of the letter) Give students some time to read the information in the letter. Ask students to match the answers and type them in the chat box

Language (Sample analysis) (8-10 minutes) • To provide language clarification of writing

In slide 3, before going to the next slide ask ss “What is the name of the large section? (Body)” Slide 4 Teacher shows body of the letter Let students read (Instructions: "Now read the letter, say when you finish") Say, “In a formal letter, there is a Formal salutation and formal closing”. (Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms., I look forward to hearing from you / Your sincerely) Meaning: CCQ 1: What polite phrases do we use in the letter? (I would like to apply for the job of… Could you please send me an application…) CCQ 2: In formal letters, do we use contractions? (No, we use full sentences) Form: CCQ 3: What is the structure of the sentences? (I would like to apply for the job |+ would like to + verb + comp) (Could you please send me…? | Could you+ please + verb + comp?) (I am looking for work | + am|is|are + verb-ing + comp) Pronunciation: How do you pronounce: I would like to apply for the job of summer aɪ wʊd laɪk tuː əˈplaɪ fɔː ðə ʤɒb ɒv ˈsʌmə Could you please send me an application? kʊd juː pliːz sɛnd miː ən ˌæplɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n

Writing (18-20 minutes) • to provide students with practice of writing.

Slide 5, Show the students the full letter and let them read it Slide 5 Instructions "Write your formal letter for entering an English Course online" Send your letter to me (While monitoring, teacher shares guidance template if needed thru the chat box)

Feedback (5-7 minutes) • To provide Ss with feedback on content and language on each other.

Slide 6 Instructions: Send the letter to your friend in BoR Share the link Send students to BoR where they are to send one another their letters for peer check (Ss are to use the google form checklist when reviewing their classmates letter-Re-explain in the BoR while monitoring)

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