ESL Post Office Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

In this lesson plan, English Language Learners who are familiar with post office vocabulary will extend their knowledge to include the completion of post office forms and an understanding of services provided by the post office.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Identify common post office forms.
  • Understand procedures to accurately complete post office forms.
  • Accurately complete post office forms.
  • Engage in conversations about post office services.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

E!LP 9-12.7

An ELL can adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience when speaking and writing.

ELP 9-12.8

An ELL can determine the meaning of words and phrases in oral presentations and literary and informational text.

ELP 9-12.9

An ELL can create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

Materials Needed

  • Assortment of post office forms, such as a request to hold mail, application for a post office box, form for sending an overnight letter or package, etc. You will need one copy for each student of each form you include in the lesson.
  • Pens
  • Projector, document camera or SMART Board for displaying forms
  • Post office scenarios


  • Form
  • Application
  • Receipt
  • Fee


  • Following a lesson and practice with post office-related vocabulary, this lesson will help ELLs develop the skills they need to complete common post office tasks that require the completion of forms.
  • Scan each form you plan to use for the lesson, and use the scan in presentation software, such as PowerPoint, so that you can display the form large enough for all students to see it.
  • Display a form and give students each a copy of that form to complete. Walk through the form step-by-step, filling out each necessary section. Answer any questions that the students have about completing the form.
  • Repeat this process with several other forms. Be sure to differentiate among the forms so that students know the purpose of each one.

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