Engaging students in email communication to develop ability to compose and read emails in different contexts and for different purposes. The most effective way to teach these skills is to provide opportunities for email communication with another person and the experiences of this communication in the learning.
Contacting people or organisations for relevant information (e.g. travel agency, library, friends)
Communicating via email with another class for a project
#1 Email hunt
Students carry out an ‘email hunt’ to identify and explore the main functions of the school email application.
#2 Explore meaning
Students explore the meaning of the symbols and words found in typical email applications.
#3 Do's and don'ts
Students analyse examples and generate email ‘rules’ (e.g. words in the subject line, use of fonts, font sizes, colours, capital letters, the use of bullet points, etc.) . They explore what is appropriate in different contexts.
#4 Special language
Students explore how emoticons and txtspeak can be used in email communication. They investigate when it is appropriate to use these.
Students consider how email texts and their structures can be shaped by the contexts, audience and purpose of their email (e.g. opening, closing, etc.).
#6 Email types
Students brainstorm different email types and discuss in what context they can be used (e.g. apology, thank-you email, invitation, complain, etc.).
They explore phrases which can be used in different types (e.g. Please, accept my apology for...).
#7 Power of language
Students explore how language in emails can be used for manipulation and persuasion (e.g. being polite, scammers' tricks, etc.).
Students make a list of features of unsafe emails. They generate and present a list of strategies to deal with unsafe emails.