Henry Loftus Henry Loftus

TP8-Writing lesson
Upper Intermediate level


Students will practice writing a formal email in the context of asking more information about language schools


Abc Face2Face

Main Aims

  • To provide process and product writing practice of a formal email in the context of soliciting information from English schools

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of language used for formally soliciting and providing information in the context of English schools
  • To provide gist and deduction reading practice using a text about soliciting and providing information in the context of English schools


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

T greets students and shares screen of a google slide with 3 questions T elicits concept of immersion language study T nominates student to read the questions on the screen: "Have you ever studied English in an English speaking country?" "Would you like to try it someday?" "In which country would you like to study?" T Instruction: Discuss these questions with your partner quickly for 2 minutes in breakout rooms Ss work in pairs for 2minutes OCFB T asks open class if any one has tried immersion study 2minutes

Exposure (6-6 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming writing task through reading

T shares screen of a google site with a writing sample of a formal email. Instruction: "Please read the text and answer the questions at the bottom, you have 4 minutes" ICQ "Do you read the text and stop?" No answer questions at the bottom T sends link to google sites in chatbox Ss work individually for 4 minutes T shares screen of google slides answer key, Ss review answers OCFB: CCQ "What is the relationship between the writer and the person who will receive this email?" Client to Business/Renter to Owner "Was the email formal or informal?" formal "How can you tell?" Language, polite 2mins

Sample Analysis (9-9 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language and layout for coming writing productive task

T shares screen of a Google sites with language + layout clarification questions along with the sample text for reference. T Setup "To write a formal email we need to be familiar with certain language and present the email in a certain order" Instruction: "Answer the questions below the text about the language and layout of the email, the email is there so you can reference it and check your answers. Do this in 4 minutes" ICQ "Do you have to read the email again?" No just check it to answer questions T sends students link for google sites in chatbox Students work individually for 4 minutes T instruction: "Check your answers with your partner in breakout rooms for 2 minutes" Students work in pairs for 2 minutes T shares screen of google slides T presents Ss with answer key T clarifies form/meaning features of look forward/ to be+ look+ing forward CCQ: In which phrase does the subject have more emotion?to be+look+ing forward In which phrase does the subject set an expectation about what happens next? look+forward 2min

Pre-write brainstorming task (5-5 minutes) • To give students a possibility to brainstorm content for writing task

T shares screen of a google doc with profile of three English language schools in different countries T Instruction: "You are going to write a formal e-mail to one of the three schools you see on the screen. You have already written an email to say you are interested in attending in August and they have replied. Now is your opportunity to follow up with more information about you and to ask them more questions" T Setup: "These school profiles have some information but not a lot, So there are some specific details you might be interested in that you could ask about" T Instruction" Write down some ideas for a letter to any of these school. Think about a reason why you might be writing, some additional information about yourself and your trip you want to give and questions you could ask them. Write them directly into the document and take 3 minutes ICQ: Are these final ideas for your letter or just brainstorming? Just brainstorming T sends link to google doc in chatbox Ss work individually for 3 minutes OCFB-T points out a few good ideas 1min

Productive Writing Task (10-10 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills (Writing)

T shares screen Google Slides T Instruction: "Choose 1 of the schools you would like to attend and write them a short, formal email. Remember, it's a reply to their email. Use the same layout we saw from before and use some the ideas you just wrote down in your writing. Give just 1 reason for writing, 1 bit of your information about your trip and 1 question you have for them. Finally, try to use some of the formal language we've seen before. You don't have to use all of them but see if you can include 1 or 2 in your email, or if you can think of other formal language you would like to use that's ok too. You have the school description in the slide above and the layout and language right here for your reference. Take 10 minutes to write the email." ICQ: Any Questions? What are you writing? email T send Ss a link for google slides in the chatbox Students work individually in google slides for 10 minutes

Feedback and Error Correction (10-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

T shares screen of google form T instruction: "Now read your partner's email and check to see if they included all the steps from the layout using this checklist. Then describe something you like about it and a change you could suggest, take 3 minutes" T sends link to google form Ss work individually for 3 minutes T instruction: now give feedback to your partner and go over your checklists in breakout rooms" take 4 minutes Ss work in pairs for 4 minutes T instruction: "In same pairs, choose another student's email, read it together and try to guess which school they wrote to, did they choose the same as you? did they have the same questions? Take 3 minutes T writes above qs in the chat Ss work together for 3 minutes

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