I love letters of application, because they are so full of set expressions – if the students learn them all they have to do is fill in the finer details asked for in the question. But of course, there’s always that “if”.
So, I’ve prepared a powerpoint with accompanying worksheets – there are a choice of three. I’m so generous! You can use:
Option 1: The standard one – which includes the question, plan and model – the students have to underline the keywords in the question and complete the plan using the model.
Option 2: The gap filling one – so, here the students have to fill in the gaps with the expressions provided, and then underline the keywords in the question and complete the plan using the now completed model.
Option 3: The ordering one – the letter has been divided up into sentences and the students have to cut out the strips of sentences, order them and then divided them into paragraphs using the plan to help them. After which, they can complete the plan using the now ordered model.
In options 2 & 3 – you can give the students a copy of the letter after they’ve completed the tasks to use with the powerpoint.
Step 1: Choose the worksheet you want to use with your students – see above.
Step 2: Now present the powerpoint – checking their answers and encouraging the students to highlight the content points, useful expressions, etc.
First Certificate Trainer, Peter Kay (2010)
Free Lesson Plan
Standard Student Worksheet
Gap-filling Student Worksheet
Ordering Student Worksheet
Letter of Application