Have you ever received a letter from your past? Or let me rephrase- have you ever written a letter to your future, forgotten completely about it and was shocked by a letter from yourself a couple of years later! Well, I’d rather you experienced it yourself.
Web2 tools are the easiest to use in teaching/training sessions. No set-up needed and no software download required. There is an interesting website which stores your letters and sends them back to you in the future!
It is very simple to use:
- Write your letter.
- Choose a date in the future.
- Decide if your letter is public (but anonymous) or private.
- Click on ‘send to the future!’
- Forget the letter.
- Get surprised when you receive a letter from yourself a couple of years later.
I believe this can bring some fun to our writing sessions and can easily become a very interesting writing lesson. I am posting this here now because I received my own letter a couple of weeks ago. I wrote to myself almost 3 years ago while I was introducing this website to a group of TESOL trainees in an ‘ICT in ELT’ session and wrote a letter to my 2015-self! By the time the e-mail arrived, I had completely forgotten about it and it was quite riveting to see how I had pictured myself at that time. To be honest, I was happy to read that all my three-year goals have been accomplished.
Interestingly, Speak Out, a fantastic 6-level Pearson ELT coursebook full of authentic BBC material, has a future lesson with the same theme and the same website. Speak Out- Upper Intermediate- Unit 6- Part 2 teaches future perfect and future continuous, provides the learners with optimism/pessimism vocabulary and then asks them to write about their future plans on this website.
What will you write to your future self in the letter?
Oakes, S., Eales, F., (2012) ‘Speak Out- Upper Intermediate’, Pearson- P. 71-73
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