Maria Ybanez Maria Ybanez

TP7 Writing
Elementary level


To teach how to write formal emails in the context of a holiday's request.


Main Aims

  • To introduce and provide practice of writing a short formal email requesting more information about a holiday.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To analyze the structure and composition of letters and emails.


Warmer/Lead-in (5-6 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

* T presents Ss two questions related to the topic. "Have you sent emails to your workplace before?" "Why did you send those emails?" *T asks ss to discuss these questions with their partners in the breakout rooms for 2 minutes. ICQ's: What are we going to do now? To discuss the questions in pairs in the breakout rooms. How many minutes do you have? 2 minutes. * T sends ss to the breakout rooms and supervises each room. * Ss come back after 2 minutes and nominates one per room to talk about their conversation inside the rooms.

Text Analysis (8-10 minutes) • To present the language to the students and teach them to identify it.

* T presents an email template to the students in the Slide 3, reads the email and asks ss some questions: CCQ's: Who is Adrianne sending a message to? To a friend? To a family member? To his workplace? To his workplace. Is the language in this email informal or formal? Informal. * T presents them the 1st task in Slide 4: "Please read the same letter and match the correct name with each section. The first question has been done for you". * T asks ss to work on this activity individually for 3 minutes. ICQ's: What are you going to do? We are going to match the correct name with the section of the letter. How many minutes do you have? 3 minutes. * Ss work on the task for 3 minutes. * T presents them Slide 5 with the correct answers and explains each section in case ss are unsure of why they are correct. CCQ's: So why do you think this section has that name? * T presents them Slide 6 with a list of fixed phases they need in order to write a formal email. Gives some examples and nominates ss in order to give some examples to check if they understand the language.

Writing their own email. (15-16 minutes) • To allow students to practice the language they have learnt by creating their own email.

* T presents the following instructions to the ss in Slide 7. "You're going to create your own formal email by using the phrases you learnt today. Remember the order of each section of the letter. The mail must have at least 40 words. You'll have 15 minutes to write your email". * T sends a link via chat of a google document with their names attached on each page in order to write their letters there. T lets the share screen open so they can read the instructions while working on their letters. * ICQ's: So, what are we going to do now? We are going to write a formal email on Google Docs. What are we going to use? The phrases from the slide. How many minutes do we have? 15 minutes. * T monitors ss while working on their letters just in case they're having issues during the activity.

Feedback (11-13 minutes) • To allow students to report on how they did the task and how it went

* After the ss are done writing their mails, the T will instruct them to read one letter from another peer while grading it with an edit checklist the T will provide them on Slide 7. The checklist is in order to see if the ss is using the appropriate language in the correct order when writing the email. * Ss will have to grade their peer's letter by checking what it has from the checklist. They will have 3 minutes in order to read and check. * ICQ's: So what are we going to do now? We are going to read one of our peer's letter and grade it by using the checklist. How many minutes do you have? 3 minutes. * After the grading, ss will be sent to the breakout rooms with their pairs so they can compare their revisions with each other and grade the letters. They will have 4 minutes. *ICQ's: What are you going to do now? We are going to compare each other's letters and check what they have written with the checklist. How many minutes do you have? 4 minutes. * T sends ss to the breakout rooms for 4 minutes. * T monitors ss in the breakout rooms. * Ss come back from the breakout rooms for the OCFB.

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