Upper intermediate level
To provide process and product writing practice of a email in the context of asking for change of accommodation when studying abroad
To provide practice for reading for gist to identify formal and informal language used in emails.
Procedure (35-45 minutes)
I will start by telling the students a story of when I was a first year university student abroad and had wanted to change my accommodation due to issues I was having with my flatmates & the furniture. Then I will ask students if they have ever studied abroad and what accommodation they had. If no one can answer, I will ask them to imagine that they are studying abroad and they want to change their accommodation, what could they do? and would it have to be a formal or informal email?
I will show the students 2 examples of emails on google jam boards asking for a change of accommodation when studying abroad (informal & formal). I will ask them to read both emails in 2-3 minutes and tell the class which one seems more suitable in terms of language and structure to send and highlight the words they mention as formal phrases and informal phrases in discussion.
I will show the share my screen with the students on a slide about useful language. I will firstly ask them to tell me what they think each word could mean, what other words could be used, if it can be used formally or informally, if it would be appropriate in an email/letter/when talking to someone. I will advise them to use this type of language in the language task ahead.
I will tell the students that now there will produce a formal email to request a change in accommodation while studying abroad. Before they start the task I will elicit ideas on the reasons why a change of accommodation could be needed. I will send them a word document to write down an email around 150-200 words.
After they have finished writing their emails, I will tell the students I will put them in pairs (if possible) in BORs to do some peer checking. I will tell the students to share their emails with their partner so that they can both do checks on the others email. I will share with them this checklist in the chat box and ask them to discuss this with their partners. The things to check for: 1. Is the language formal throughout? 2. What formal phrases can you see? 3. Is the email structured well/organised? 3. Does the email have clear structure throughout the introduction, main aim and closing? Will bring back students from BORs after 5 minutes to discuss in OCFB their comments on their partners email. I will try to do any DEC from what the students have said about their peers email.