Nissma Nissma

Cover Letter Email
Elementary level


Abc PTV matching handout
Abc PowerPoint Presentation
Abc Cover Letter Model handout
Abc Matching handout
Abc Choose handout

Main Aims

  • To provide writing practice of a cover letter email

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide clarification of cover letter set phrases
  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about cover letter email which will also act as a model for the writing task


Warmer/Lead-in (2-3 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ss will ask each other what their dream jobs are while stating the reason. O/C feedback will be provided.

Pre-Teaching Vocabulary (4-5 minutes) • To clarify some difficult words for the following reading task

I will elicit the words 'cover letter' and 'CV' using visuals. I will elicit the form, drill the words in sentences and then write them on the board. Ss will do a matching exercise for 4 other words. I will demo the first one with the Ss. They will do this exercise individually, then check in pairs. An answer key will be provided. I will then elicit the form and drill the words in sentences.

Exposure (5-6 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading

Reading for gist: Ss will read a cover letter which consists of seven parts. Ss will match the numbered parts with the seven points (exercise 3) that determine what each part is about. Ss will read the questions before reading the cover letter. I will demo the first one with them. They will do this exercise alone, then check in pairs. An answer key will be displayed.

Genre Analysis & Useful Language (4-5 minutes) • To highlight and clarify the genre analysis and useful language for coming productive tasks

Genre Analysis: I will ask Ss two questions about the genre analysis: whether the language is formal or informal and if we use contractions. Useful Language: Ss will choose the appropriate set phrases when writing a cover letter (greeting, closing the email, etc.). They will do this in pairs. I will demo the first one with them.

Writing Task (15-18 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice writing skills

Ss will read two adverts, choose the job they'd like to apply for and write a cover letter. I will tell them to use the previous exercises (the stages of the cover letter in exercise 3 and the useful language exercise) as references.

Feedback and Error Correction (5-8 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

Content feedback: I will split the cover letters into two piles (one for each job) and divide the Ss into two groups, each group will read letters from one pile. Ss will then determine which person will get the job. Language feedback: Ss will switch their cover letters and underline the set phrases and mistakes regarding the genre analysis.

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