This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at intermediate level and above explores the theme of writing emails. Students will learn the rules of writing emails and will compose and send an email. 

The main focus of this lesson will be on writing semi-formal emails, and the students will send an email to a tourist information centre of their choice using the rules they will have studied in the first half of the lesson. I have done this lesson several times myself and although not all of the students received replies from the information centres they emailed, most of them did, which in itself gave them much satisfaction.

The lesson is suitable for intermediate students and above, although if simplified could be adapted for use with lower levels.

Topic 

Writing emails

Level

Intermediate and above

Time

90 mins

Aims

  • To teach or revise the rules of writing emails in English by studying the differences between formal letters, and informal and semi-formal email

Materials

Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure.

Download lesson plan 75k pdf

Worksheets: can be printed out for use in class.

Download worksheet 131k pdf

Janet Shackleton, British Council

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Providing the learner with ownership of this lesson by encouraging them to choose a destination of their choice is excellent and would promote engagement in the topic. The lesson plan also suggests raising the learners’ schemata of the topic by beginning the lesson with a brainstorming activity whereby learners state how they go about planning a holiday. It is important to remember, however, that the idea of a ‘holiday’ may be alien to some ESOL learners, who will never have travelled for pleasure and, indeed, for whom the idea of travel may have very negative connotations. The ‘bad email’ (which broaches topics such as divorce and adoption) may also be distressing to some ESOL learners. 

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I do find it as a very useful example for the students to learn manners how them can communicate. This will help students for their expression as well for the style of writing

two thumbs- up its really nice comments  and very useful to students and teachers:-)

I think this is very useful lesson plan. Emails are modern issue and students will get interested in this topic. I am also concerned that students have problems differentiating formal and informal emails. I am going to use this  lesson plan in my class. I haven't decided in which grade I will use it yet. I'll try to post brief review of it.

I feel pity, I can't try this lesson plan. We haven't got any internet in our school.It is sufficiently alluring topic for student .To my mind, this lesson may activate even dormant students of the classThanks for a thorough lesson plan. 

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