UNIT 10: A LETTER FROM A FRIEND (Carta de una amistad)



In this unit you will share information, interests and preferences and work with others to complete a task.

You are going to see letters from different persons and places. LET’S LEARN through LETTERS.

EXERCISE 1

Gisela Hanz wrote a letter to Jean. Let's read it!


10 Trafalgar Road Birmingham.

10th March 2001.

Dear Jean,


Hello! I’m seventeen years old. I’m German and I’m a student. I study in Birmingham.

I like reading, writing letters and going to the cinema, but I don’t like cooking! I speak English, German and a little French. I like sports very much, too. I love windsurfing in the summer. Can you windsurf? It’s great fun!

Write soon.

Gisela(Hanz).

P.S. I don’t smoke. Do you?



EXERCISE 2


Fill in the details about Gisela:

Full name:

Age:

Nationality:

Likes:

Dislikes:

Sports:

Languages:



EXERCISE 3


Now you are ready to give oral information about Gisela. e.g. My friend’s name is Gisela...

EXERCISE 4

Work in pairs. Ask for the same information about your partner.

You may ask: What’s your name?

How old are you? Etc.





EXERCISE 5

Organize the information and present your partner to the group.

EXERCISE 6

Find out the same information about your partner’s friend. Share information about your friends and present them to the group.



EXERCISE 7

WANTED PENFRIENDS

The word Pen friend is formed by two words

Pen – Friend.

Do you know the meaning of these words?

How do you say them in Spanish?



Pen________________ Friend_________________.



Now try to infer the meaning of PENFRIEND and give a possible definition of it to your classmate. (orally)



VERY GOOD! So Pen friend is_________________________________________.

Now let's read the following letter from a pen friend.


14 Vic Street Köln December 3rd.


Hi, pen friend,


How are you? My name is Olga. I'm a German student. I'm fourteen. How old are you? I like pop music. I also like going to disco. My favorite singer is Ricky Martin. He's great.

I don't like staying at home especially on Saturdays. I like going to parties with my friends.

What do you like?

Please write soon.

Olga.

EXERCISE 8


Read the questions. Find the answers in the letter. If you don't have the information, ask your partner. Do not look at his/her answers.

1. What does Olga do?

2. Is she British?

3.Where does she usually go on Saturday?

4. What does she like?

5. Would you like to be Olga's pen friend?





YES! Then, let’s go on working.



EXERCISE 9


If you want to answer Olga's letter or to have any other pen friend, give details about yourself orally. Begin with your name or full name.

EXERCISE 10


Send a postcard to Olga or a classmate you do not know very well and ask him/her to write you soon.



EXERCISE 11


Imagine you receive a letter from a friend who likes sports. He wants to know about the Cuban baseball teams and players.

Work in groups of four. Fill in the details about baseball.



Name of Cuban Baseball team

Location

Famous player (Position he plays)

Colors of the uniform

Team emblem (Draw it )












EXERCISE 12

Share the information gathered with your classmates by using comparative and superlative forms.

e.g. Yuliesky Gurriel is as good as Despaigne.





EXERCISE 13

Write a response with the information about baseball.



EXERCISE 14

Read the next letter and answer the questions orally.




50 Highfield Avenue

Canterbury

Kent CT4

6 July.



Dear María,


At last! Hooray! We have finished all our exams. The last one was yesterday. It was History. I think history is really difficult because I can't remember all the facts and the dates.

So this is the end of year 8, my second year at secondary school. I did seven subjects. The worst were mathematics and history. I found them very difficult.

The best subject this year was geography, but we only had it twice a week. Our geography teacher, Mr.Gilmore, is great. We did some projects with him about different countries.

We aren’t going abroad this summer because two months ago my dad lost his job. So he hasn't got much money, and we can't afford a big holiday. We're going to see my granddad.

Please write and tell me about your year at school. What was it like? Were your exams easy? Where are you going this summer?



Bye for now

Peter.


ANSWER: (orally)

1. Why is Peter Happy?(Because....)

2. Why was the history exam difficult for him?(Because...)

3. What was his favorite subject?

4. Why can't he have a holiday abroad this year?(Because...)

5. What does he invite María to do?



EXERCISE 15

ANSWERING YOUR FRIEND’S LETTER.

Write a response to Peter. Read the following SUGGESTIONS!

Plan your letter.

First make notes. Use the chart below to help you organize the information.

Then discuss your topics and points with your classmate orally and write sentences and paragraphs.

Finally, check your vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation. (Consult your teacher and classmates.)



TOPIC POINTS TO PUT IN MY LETTER

-GREETINGS

-SCHOOL YEAR

-DIFFERENT SUBJECTS

AND EXAMS

-NEWS IN THE FAMILY


-PLAN FOR THE SUMMER

-CLOSING


EXERCISE 16

You are ending your 8th grade so you must be studying very hard to get good marks. Beside you must think about the way to celebrate the last party of the course. Reflect on the following details: date, place, foods, music, guests, family, friends (pen friends), clothes, etc.

(Use a chart to organize the details.)

EXERCISE 17

Analyze with your partner how you are going to celebrate the last party. Then give and ask for suggestions to the group. Use all the structures studied. Finally decide the way of celebrating your party.


EXERCISE 18

PROJECT WORK

Write a letter to your friend. Explain to him/her your future plans for the summer and invite him/her to the school party.


ADDITIONAL READING

This is an interesting letter. Read and enjoy it.

Dear Jessica:

Thank you for showing me such a good time when I was visiting you in Cuba. I hope you and your family are all well. Please write and let me know how everybody is feeling. My brother has the flu right now. He went to the doctor but the doctor said he should stay home and get a lot of rest.

My family and friends enjoyed hearing about my visit to Cuba. They all want to visit Cuba now. Unfortunately I do not remember all of the names of the places we visited.

When you write could you remind me of some of the names of the places and museums that we visited? Then I can tell people where they should be sure to visit and why the places are important.

What sports are you playing now?

Do you and your friends still have a lot of parties and go to the disco or beach? Let me know what you have been doing for fun.

Write as soon as you can with all your news. Greetings to all my friends in Cuba.

Your friend,

Lorna

LEARNING JOURNAL

Here you have a great opportunity to see how well you are learning to learn English. The best way to do this is by thinking about the steps and things you have followed to study and practice the English language.


A. Fill in the following self-evaluation section.


ASPECTS

Almost Always

Often

Sometimes

Rarely

Never

1. I can identify the strategies I use to communicate in English.













2. I can use the strategies that help me:

a) Speak with a partner.

b) Understand someone orally.

c) Comprehend a written text.

d) Write simple ideas in English.













3. I can do the following activities successfully

a) Use the contents from the grammar focus.

b) Use the vocabulary studied.

c) Pronounce the new words to be understood.













B. Answer the following questions.

a) Which activities from the English lesson do you prefer? Why?

b) Mention those things you don't like. Say why?



c) Mention the lesson contents you have not learned yet. Make a plan of the possible tasks to improve your skills in English. Consult your teacher if needed.

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