Cover leter for a job advertisement
Intermediate level


Abc Whiteboard
Abc Projector, PowerPoints slides, Task 1, Task 2, Task 3, WB

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will be better able to write a cover letter for a job application in the context of a job advertisement.

Subsidiary Aims

  • Students will have been introduced to some vocabulary in the context of a job advertisement.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • -To set the context and activate students’ schematic knowledge.

- Show the students some photos on the projector / internet. - Ask the students, what's their dream job. Why? - Ask them to discuss with a partner (Work in pairs) for 2 minutes. - Get the answers from the whole class in an O/C feedback for 2-3 minutes.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • -To raise students’ awareness of topic-related lexis/ chunks.

- Using the MPF to clarify the meaning, pronunciation, and form of the vocabulary of "Employment agency, Vacancies, Qualified (for a job)". - Using the Elicitation trying to get the students to get the meaning, then try to pronunciate the words and ask them to repeat after me. - Ask CCQs to make sure that the students understood the meaning. - Write the words one by one on the Whiteboard. - Explain any syllable and the stress.

Exposure/Reading Task (8-10 minutes) • -To raise students’ awareness of organization and layout of a formal email. -To provide an opportunity for peer teaching.

- Ask the students to read the cover letter P56 and put it in the correct order. - Hold up the Task to the students or present it on the projector. - Ask them to start first by matching the provided addresses & date with the right order in the cover letter (ex. !). - Ask the students to read the cover letter and arrange it in the right order - Ask the students to work individually for 3 minutes. - Ask the students to check their understanding by asking them CCQs. * So, where are we putting our answers? * Are we writing the whole sentences or just the letters? - Give the students the HO. - Give the students the HO (Answer Key HO) for the answers to save answer time checking.

Writing (10-15 minutes) • -To practice writing a cover letter with their application for a job Ad.

- Set this task for 10 minutes. - Students will work individually. - Ask the students to use the completed cover letter previously used in Task 2 as a reference to write this Task. - Ask the students to choose a Job from the Ad and write a cover letter to apply for that job and include it with their application for the job. - Students will use the double face to stick their cover letters to the walls. - Ask the students to read each cover letter on the walls to decide who wrote the best cover letter and who should be getting the job

Feedback and Error Correction (2-5 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

- Provide any content and linguistic feedback from the speaking in the writing task. - Provide any feedback from reading the cover letters of the students on the walls.

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