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Writing Simple E-mail
Adult new Immigrants at CLB level 4 level


In this class, students will be taught the structure of a standard E-mail at the beginning of the class. Students will write an E-mail in class after the introduction of the E-mail template to practice. They will be asked to send an E-mail to the teacher as homework so that the teacher can follow up with the result. This series of activities should be at the beginning of the school semester so that students can adopt the E-mail culture in Canada. Moreover, after this class, if they have questions or need to call sick, they could E-mail the teacher.


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Main Aims

  • Students employ methods of writing a simple E-mail.
  • Students establish a habit for the student to check E-mail and communicate with E-mail
  • Students can apply and use information in new situations.
  • Students need to compete an E-mail in-class activity.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students understand Email culture in Canada.


Warmer/Lead-in (8-10 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Warm-up Questions: 1. Do you already use E-mail? If yes, How often do you check your E-mail? 2. Why do you think E-mail is important in current society? E-mail Culture in Canada Email is an important method of communication that is fast and free. A lot of important announcements are sent by E-mail from our school. (I will discuss the importance of checking E-mail in Canada and share my personal experience of the result that because I did not check E-mail in the morning, I was locked outside of the UW building for the day I thought we have class, but the school shut down for maintenance. )

Review (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of the task and highlight useful words and phrases

Review: Vocabulary and Phrase from last Class

Skill Teaching (10-15 minutes) • To let student learning the knowledge of the task

Let students share their thoughts of What are the important elements in an E-mail and the teacher will fill them in the PowerPoint. After students shared their thoughts and the PowerPoint blank is filled in, the teacher will explain the details of the E-mail structure with the template. Ask if anyone has any questions, if not, the teacher will move to the next step.

Skill Building Task (10-15 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

The teacher will divide the students into Group A and Group B. The students in group A need to write an E-mail to a teacher asking for help. -You forgot when is the deadline for a homework and you would like to confirm with your teacher. The students in group B need to write an E-mail to let their teacher know they cannot attend today's class. -You have a class at 10 am tomorrow, but you feel sick and cannot attend tomorrow’s class. Please write an E-mail to your teacher and let he/her know that you cannot attend the class and the reason.

Peer Review with Checklist + Report (15 minutes) • To allow students to report on how they did the task and how it went

The teacher will put the students from Group A and Group B in pairs and let them do a peer review for the E-mail. Checklist: -Subject line -Name of the recipient -Greeting -Introduction -Main content -Your name -Is the message conveyed clearly? After the review, a discussion will start. Students will let each other know what the strength of the E-mail is and if there are any improvements they can make. The teacher will walk around, listen to the students, and help them with any vocabulary or questions.

Language Practice/Skill Using (3-5 minutes) • To provide opportunity for students to practice the task language

Homework will be given: Before this class end, the teacher will ask the student to send the teacher a short Email to introduce themselves a little so that the teacher knows each student's email address and links the address to each student. This aims to provide an opportunity for students to practice the task language.

Follow Up • To provide an opportunity to see feedback from the Teacher

The teacher will provide the in-class activity and homework feedback in the following class. Next

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