Dru Sutton Dru Sutton

Upper-Intermediate level


In this lesson, students will learn how to write a letter to a friend inviting them to their country.


Main Aims

  • To provide product writing practice of a email in the context of inviting a friend to visit one's country

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of descriptive adjectives in the context of describing one's country


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

I will spend a few minutes asking students if they have sent any emails in English. If not, in Spanish? What were the emails about? Do they often send emails to friends, or just for business.

Exposure (7-7 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Students will read an example email inviting a friend to the country that the sender lives in. This will be read independently. After students are finished reading the email, they will be split into breakout rooms where they will match the word for each part of the email to the email (ex. match "Greeting" with "Hi Brandon"). This will be done on Jamboard. https://jamboard.google.com/d/1JCPBVVVffzUlaCpsKqq29jgpC8BCxSFUJNjTU5d54IA/edit?usp=sharing After students have done this, I will go over the parts of the email and explain their function so that students know how to construct an email.

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

This section will go over descriptive adjectives as one would use when describing something in a positive light. First will be a jamboard for meaning. This jamboard will have students match the word to synonyms (and in some, synonyms + a definition where it may not be clear). This will be done in groups. Afterward, form will be briefly covered. Students will individually select the appropriately spelled adjective. This is simply to get them to memorize the spelling as some of these words have more than one and some have uncommon letters (such as q). https://forms.gle/bJmrFmima439Mij39 An appropriacy activity will also be done briefly to raise students' awareness of it in this context. This will be done in Google Forms as well (in groups), and students will pick whether a greeting or salutation is formal or informal so they know which is most appropriate to use when emailing a friend. https://forms.gle/AqzbRwmgjPzYTHv27

Productive Task(s) (15-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

During this stage students will be asked to compose an email using the same topic as the one they saw before. They will be re-introduced to descriptive language they can use, as well as be given some greetings and closings they can use. They will start with some brainstorming time (thinking of places/things they want to talk about). After this they will then write their own email independently on the Google Slides document. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1qjdZuE-jmOGGCl8VPZ0j8np06ZAE_uuHB4kyqv0TRJI/edit?usp=sharing

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

Students will be split into BORs to work as pairs. First they will read each other's emails, and follow a checklist that is on Jamboard. https://jamboard.google.com/d/130Z2vTA2BzLPvLIiGq8i0W3mWNzumbqrRVVGAv2JqBs/edit?usp=sharing While they read they will be looking for certain features to make sure the email follows the recommended structure and uses some of the suggested language. After reading through their peers' work, they will go over the checklist, and make some comments for corrections.

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