Teaching Emailing: Interactive Classroom Activities

Although there are many alternative ways of communicating nowadays, teaching good emailing has become more important as people become less familiar with the conventions of polite and friendly emails, and so become less able to communicate well and make a good impression. Teaching Emailing: Interactive Classroom Activities provides over 300 photocopiable pages on everything students need to know about how to plan, start, write the body of and end all kinds of formal and informal emails, including loads of useful language. This e-book includes:

  • Warmers, needs analysis and easy introductions to emailing
  • Nearly 60 pages on opening and closing emails
  • Over 130 pages on different kinds of emails (making arrangements, requests and enquiries, complaints, job applications, negotiations, academic emails, and group emails)
  • Lots of materials on formality in emailing (starting and ending polite and friendly emails, using abbreviations, polite negative responses, etc)
  • Over 70 pages on typical problems with emailing (bad paragraphing, unsuitable starting and ending, common language errors, etc)
  • The big list of useful emailing phrases
  • Indexes by title, activity and language point

As the name suggests, unlike most books for teaching writing, Teaching Emailing: Interactive Classroom Activities consists almost entirely of stimulating pairwork and groupwork practice activities with lots of classroom communication, such as:

  • Over 200 emailing roleplays
  • Personalised practice
  • Card games
  • Coin and dice games
  • Chain writing/ Consequences
  • Dictation games
  • Error correction competitions
  • Fast reaction games/ Races
  • Jigsaw texts
  • Pairwork matching, guessing and error correction
  • Politeness competitions
  • Discussion of emailing tips and cultural differences
  • Challenging situations to deal with
  • Amusingly rude phrases to correct
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