Yohanna Guerra Yohanna Guerra

The experience of your life
Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, students learn how to write a forum through guided discovery based on the context of a memorable experience for the student. This is followed by students practicing the structure of writing a forum. Finally, there is Clarification where MFP is explained, followed by a freer writing task, finally, there is a publishing and feedback stage where students check the production of the lesson.


Abc Writing a Forum

Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a forum in the context of the experience of your life.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a using informal writing in first person in the context of the experience of your life.


Lead in (3-5 minutes) • To engage learners and activate their ideas about in the topic of the lesson.

T introduces the lesson with the title "The experience of your life" T invites learners to think of what was the experience of their lives worth sharing. T shows 4 questions to introduce the topic of the lesson and to have Learners prepare for the writing task. T asks Learners to take a screenshot of the questions T invites Learners to discuss the questions in BR T invites Learners to write on chatbox only the activity they will share to write about with the objective of keeping record of their work. INSTRUCTIONS Greet everybody Ask how they are Ask: Think of the experience of your life Ask Read the questions with me. (read questions out loud) Say: Take a screenshot of the questions, please Say. Share your answers in BR (3 minutes) Say: Write in chatbox ONLY your experience

Layout Stage (5-6 minutes) • To analyze and identify elements of layout that provide coherence and cohesion in the text.

T invite Learners to read and analyze in silence the text with the objective of getting familiar with the main task of the lesson and to notice the layout of the task. T asks students to analyze some of the elements in the task T demonstrates the task by mentioning the first element: Topic T invites students to find other elements such as name or date. INSTRUCTIONS Say: Now, let's create a FORUM with our experiences Ask: Read the text and think about your own experience Ask: What elements do you see? Say: I can see the topic Say: XXXXX what else can you see? maybe date, name?

Formulaic language (0-6 minutes) • To analyze and identify language conventions in the text.

T displays the forum extract taken from the previous slide to analyze the structure of the written task. T asks learners to identify the parts of the text by rearranging the alternatives proposed individually. Students give each other feedback in BR. T displays answers. MFPA T writes the TL T explains meaning (CCQ's) T explains Pronunciation and Apropiacy T explains Form INSTRUCTIONS Say: Individually, Read the text again and connect these options to the text for 2 minutes. Provide an example. Say: In BR check your answers. Display the answers Write the target TL Ask CCQ's Drill pronunciation with students Ask: Is X formal or informal? Informal Say: look at this form Ask for specific words according to the form. Ask: Do you have any questions

Parallel Writing (5-7 minutes) • To practice the layout and language conventions previously seen in writing some exercices.

T invites students to organize the structure of the forum in BR T displays answers after BR task and asks students if they have any questions. INSTRUCTIONS Say: Connect the parts of this forum In BR Say: For example ( do the first one) Feedback Ask: Do you have any questions?

Freer Activity (12-15 minutes) • To produce a similar text based on the sample for fluency purposes.

T invites students to write their own Forum entries on google slides. T explains the time the task takes. T asks students to keep in mind the main question of the task. T asks students to produce a 100 word-text. T gives the link to students. INSTRUCTIONS Say: Now it is your turn. Say: Take 15 minutes to write Forum post Say: Remember while you write Highlight the main question as you speak. Say: please get on the link in the chatbox. say: Find your name.

Publishing and Feedback (3-5 minutes) • To allow learners to share their text and get feedback on the contents and language of their written production.

T asks students to publish their work so everybody reads T gives a couple of minutes to students to read the forums T Conducts feedback by asking the students to review each other's work T gives the organization each entry should have so students check in pairs. OCFB T finalize the class by asking students which activity they would take. INSTRUCTIONS Say: Well done! Now read all entries in 3 minutes Say: Let's all check our work Say: In BR, confirm we have these XXXX elements Ask: Finally, tell which activity would you chose, no explanations

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