Elaine Elaine

Personal statements
Entry 3 level


Students will read an example personal statement and identify the theme of each paragraph. They will then focus on language, with a focus on verb tenses and using relative pronouns to provide more information. Finally they will plan their own statement, and write their final draft as homework.


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Main Aims

  • Students will plan and write a personal statement for a job application

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will identify key themes in a personal statement and become more familiar with structure
  • Students will improve their ability to plan and draft effectively
  • Students will revise use of relative clauses.


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

Write up supporting statement and elicit any prior knowledge or experience. If they're not aware, elicit possibilities before explaining.

Exposure (10-12 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Before reading the statement, discuss in groups what information they think a personal statement should include. Quick read to check. Read text again and write headings for each paragraph.

Useful Language (10-12 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Verb tenses - ask learners to identify parts of the text that talk about experience. Discuss which tenses are used and why, then write some sentences about their own experience.

Grammar (20-25 minutes) • To revise use of relative clauses, and expand to non-defining relative clauses

Using relative clauses - give an example of a defining relative clause and ask when it is likely to be used. Draw attention to relative clauses in text and highlight difference (non-essential information). Complete tasks

Planning and drafting (18-20 minutes) • Build further awareness of the writing process

Discuss planning and why it's important. In pairs, discuss the example plan. Students make their own plans. Use writing frame to assist with first draft.

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