Cover Letter Writing
To provide clarification of the process of and practice writing a cover letter in the context of job applications
To provide gist reading practice using a model/sample cover letter in the context of job interviews
Procedure (29-40 minutes)
- Using the (should before, should during, and shouldn't during), students fill in the table with the information they learned last time. - After they do it individually, have them check in pairs. - Elicit ideas to be shared with the class. - Using their ideas, lead them to the topic of the day (among the references an applicant sends/submits is the cover letter).
Exercise 1: Match - Display the model cover letter and elicit some information from them, such as: 1. What information do you expect to read about in this cover letter? (education, experience, skills, etc.) 2. How many paragraphs are there? (5) Point out that these five represent the main parts of a lesson and that in paragraph three, you may add extra supporting paragraphs. - Show them a set of cut-ups and explain to them that, on their own, they are going to match the parts of the letter (1 - 5) with notes (a - e). - Remind them: 1. They need to skim quickly to get the main idea--no need to read word by word. 2. They should not worry about new/difficult words at this stage. - Have them check in pairs, then check with the class.
Exercise 2-A - Show them the task and explain to them that they should underline phrases in the letter which matches the meanings 1 - 6. - Draw their attention to the paragraph number. - Do no. 1 as an example (regarding) - In pairs, students do the task. - Show the answers on the screen. ------------------------------------------------- Review and introduce the following useful language * Dear ... / Dear Sir/Madam, * I am writing to you regarding * I would like to submit an application for the ... position * Please find my CV attached / Please find attached my CV * I meet all the requirements * I believe I am a good match/fit for this job * I can speak .... (languages) * Proven ability in ... * If you require any further information / If you have any questions * would like to arrange an interview / schedule an interview * I look forward to hearing from you / I look forward to seeing you * at your (earliest) Convenience * Yours sincerely / Yours faithfully - Have this useful language available to them while doing the freer practice, either by displaying it or providing them with it in print.
- Display the job ads and point to the titles for students to get a sense of the job. - Tell them that they are going to choose one job to apply for - Elicit from them that they need to write a "Cover Letter". - Have each choose their preferred job and give them three minutes to read it to brainstorm some ideas to include in the cover letter,
- Hand out the writing sheet. - Remind them that they need to write carefully in order to convince their potential employers that they are strong candidates. - Display the useful language and draw their attention that they should use as much as of this language. - Individually, students write their own cover letters. - Monitor around quietly to collect notes for feedback.
- Pick a couple of cover letters and share them with the class along with the job ad to decide if the applicant is a good fit or not. - Provide content and linguistic feedback using notes or, if possible, by displaying the cover letters on the screen. - Praise students for their work.