Samah Ezzat Samah Ezzat

Writing - apologizing
intermediate level


In this lesson Ss. will learn how to write an apology letter


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Main Aims

  • To provide process of writing an email to apologize to your friend

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of language used for of the apologizing email features through analiysing a text.
  • To provide clarification of language used for of the apologizing email features through analiysing a text.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-8 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Warm up : -T. plays a game with Ss. - T. displays a sentence and says it very quickly . -T. asks Ss. to say it 5 times quickly as much as they can , the fastest student is the winner. (Shannon the sheep eats chocolate ) Lead in : - T. tells Ss. that they will play hangman game to know the topic if the lesson, -T. displays the hanged man picture and the title with missing letters . -T. asks guess the missing letter , if they guess correctly ,T. writes it on the board and if their guessing is wrong , the man will be tied till he is totally hanged .

Exposure (8-15 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

-T. asks " How can we say sorry ?" -T. elicits answers . -T. explains that they will read a text and answer some questions within their groups . -T. asks Ss. to post their answers on the class point board and assign 5 mins to do that. Questions : What type of texts is it? Is it formal or informal? How did the writer start it ? How did he end it ? Why was it written? Highlight the words or expressions he used to say sorry . What about the verb that is used after sorry / apologize for ? -T. reads the groups answers , discuss them with the whole class , gives feedback and corrects the mistakes -After the discussion , T. highlights the expressions that can be use to apologize : I just want to say I'm sorry for ------------- I'd like to apologize for --------------------- I feel I should apologize for --------------- I promise not to -------------------------------- It was all my fault. / It was my fault entirely . Note : Fault = mistake apologize = be sorry The email layout : Dear -----------------, Sincerely , ------------------------. The text features : Start with apologizing Explain your situation Promise not to do it again

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

-T. explains the key words by giving synonyms say sorry = apologize fault = mistake

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Jigsaw writing : -T. explains that they will write a message to their friends to apologize for something they have done. -T. divides them into groups . -T hands each group a set of cards with some mistakes. 1- I didn't listen to your advice so I broke your watch . 2- I didn't listen to your advice so I couldn't come to the party as I went into oversleep. 3- I didn't listen to your advice so I lost your key. -T. asks each one in the group to pick up a card and read the fault , then write a message to your friend to apologize. -T. displays a planning diagram ( form ) and asks Ss. to fill in it to plan for their messages . -T. selects some random plans from Ss. and display them without names and discuss them . -T. asks Ss. to work individually to write their first drafts . Regrouping : -T. asks Ss. who have card N. 1 to sit together , Ss. who have cards N. 2 and 3 as well . - T. asks them to swap their first drafts and highlight the mistakes for their mates ( Peer assessment ) - T. tells them to use the letters for the mistakes highlighting and keep it displayed tell they finish . For example : G = grammar mistake Sp. = spelling mistake WO = order of words in a sentence Prep. = preposition P. = punctuation markers . -T. allows them 5 mins to do that. -T. asks ICQs: Will you work on your draft or your mate's ? Will you correct the mistakes or just highlight them? What will you do to highlight them? How much time do you have to do that? - T. asks Ss. to return their drafts to their mates after they finish to correct the spotted mistakes . -T. assign 10 mins. to do that

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

-T. asks Ss. to send their final writing without a name . - T. selects some writings randomly and displays them on the board . - T. reads and gives feedback on the displayed writing and correct the mistakes. - T. follows the same procedures with the rest . -T. praises Ss. for their work .

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