Sarah-Mia Drennen Sarah-Mia Drennen

TP* // Writing Lesson: Informal Email
Upper Intermediate level


Students will write an informal email to a friend inviting them to come to visit their hometown/country.


Main Aims

  • To provide process writing practice of a informal email in the context of visiting a friend

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide production practice in geenrrating the format and necessary components and language involved in an invitation.


Warmer/Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ask students if they use email to write to friends. Ask what festival students would choose to invite friends to come to their town to visit for.

Exposure (5-7 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Show some examples of informal emails and invitations. Show your own personal example. Demonstrate what 45-50 words looks like on paper.

Useful Language (14-16 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

I will introduce target language (MFP) and ask Ss to identity the formal and informal options. "Hey!" vs formal "Dear ___," "Stay as long as you want" "Have to see" vs formal "I would love for us to" "Call me when you can!" vs formal "Sincerely." I will go over the components of the email (opening/closing, subject line, body paragraph).

Productive Task(s) (14-17 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Ss will write their own email. Students that complete this exercise quickly will be encouraged to keep writing beyond the recommended 45-50 words. Students will work on this for 5 minutes, while we sit in the main session. I will provide Sss with a checklist to check other students on and push them into BORs. I will monitor and collect errors.

Feedback and Error Correction (3-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

I will cite examples I hard while monitoring- A few examples of good and bad usage, and perhaps alternative informal language.

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