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. 

Author: 
Janet Shackleton, British Council

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

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Find out more about effective writing activities in our teacher development module Engaging with writing – preparing activities.

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