writing a for and against email
pre intermediate level
To provide product writing practice of a for and/or against email in the context of online shopping.
To provide gist and specific information reading practice using an against email about online shopping.
Procedure (38-46 minutes)
Students will be shown the visual and asked if they think online shopping is a good idea or bad idea. Students will discuss it for 1 minute in pairs and give two reasons. Teacher will ask for the positive and negative ideas and write them down on different columns on the board. Then teacher will pre teach the words for and against by asking students which one is for (+) which one is against(-).
Students will be shown the HO and given the instruction to skim it in a minute to understand whether the writer is for or against online shopping. Students will read it for 1 minute and write down the answer. Teacher will ask for the answer and clarify if he has got positive or negative meanings.
Students will be asked how many paragraphs the email has. After eliciting the answer 5, they are set the task to look at the email again and complete the chart with the suitable paragraphs. Student will be told to work in pairs for 1-2 minutes Teacher will ask for feedback from WC and write them on the board.
Students will look at the email again and will be asked to underline the words/phrases that the writer uses to start each paragraph. (2-5) They will do peer check. The teacher will get feedback from the WC and underlines the phrases on WB.
Students will be told to look at the words in bold in Harry's email and asked what they are. Teacher will try to elicit the phrase connecting words/linking words. If students cannot come up with it, teacher will introduce the phrase. The functions of the connecting words will be posted on WB and the meaning will be clarified. Students will work in pairs to put the connecting words in the correct place in the table. Each pair will be given a linking word. When they are done with the task, they will go and put in the correct place on WB. Wrong answers will be discussed and corrected on the board.
Students will be instructed to read Liz's email in a minute to tell if she is for or against shopping on the Internet. Students will be asked for feedback and reasons. Then students will read the text again to decide which linking word is correct and circle it. They will do peer check. Teacher will ask for feedback from the WC Wrong answers will be discussed and corrected on the board.
Students will be told that their newspaper is asking for opinions on different topics. Teacher will post the topics on the board and tell students that they will choose one of them and brainstorm for and against ideas. Students will work in pairs. Then they will choose either for or against ideas to write an email. Teacher will remind the checklist to consider while writing. (use different paragraphs, words/phrases to begin each paragraph/linking words.)
Teacher will collect the emails and put them on different parts of the class. Students will go and read different emails and decide which topic it is and for or against Then they will check their answers.