Texts messages to friends and family
To introduce and provide practice of writing messages to friends and family.
To provide elements (layout, sections, lexis) that are included in a text message to a friend or family.
Procedure (36-45 minutes)
I will present the students the following questions to get them discuss in pairs in breakout rooms, to set the context and arouse their interested in the lesson. What do you message your family or friends about? How many messages do you send a day? After they share in pairs, they will come to main room and I will conduct open class feedback by nominating some students to share what they discussed previously.
I will show the students a sample of a text message (whatsapp) written to a friend or family member. They will work in pairs to discover the sections in which the text is divided (Guided discovery). As well as the language used in it, in this case affirmative and negative imperatives, and the register: formal or informal. A link will be sent to the students with the same sample with arrows indicating the different parts of the text (lay-out) and they have to write the name of it. Besides, some questions about the language will be included. (Google docs). Students work in pairs in break out rooms. Then, open class feedback on the task will be conducted to check their answers. 1. These sentences use… Present simple Imperatives Present progressive 2. These sentences express… Advice Command Opinion 3. Is it formal or informal? _______________ 4. What would be a formal way to say “Turn off the lights”? ___________________.
Students are asked to create their own text message. They have to follow the same lay-out/sections (greeting, body and farewell) and include the language seen previously (imperatives), which will help them to produce their message. The length will be 20 words or less. This activity will be done individually. Students will be provided with a similar template as the example in the text presentation. A link will be provided where they will work (Google docs)
After students finish writing their text message, they will be given a checklist so they can read in pairs each other´s emails and provide feedback. They will do it in break out rooms. Delayed Error Correction After they finish, I will conduct DEC with one of the students’ writings to check if they included the appropriate information and layout, as aspect as grammar, spelling and punctuation.