Writing an email
Intermediate level


Main Aims

  • To introduce and provide practice of writing a short email (75 words) inviting friends (in another country) to visit you

Subsidiary Aims

  • Teach MFP of invitational clauses with "could"


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

Introduce students to the topic of having friends that are from abroad. Give a brief example of one I recently made, and ask them to talk about theirs in breakout rooms.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Show Ss an email sample where I invite a friend to come visit me in Mexico.

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

Using google jamboards, quizz students on the parts of an email, and provide useful language regarding : Salutations and closing ideas: Have them brainstorm in teams for ways to write salutation and closing ideas. Main topic: Introduce MFP of invitational: We could go swimming, we could go skiing, via an activity in jamboards. Including interrogatory and negative form.

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

Have students write their long distance friend an email in which they invite them over, they will do this individually.

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

Using a checklist, students will peer review their work according to the following criteria: Did the email: Include a salutation? Include an introduction? Proposed activities? Asked about his/her opinion? Had a closing idea?

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