dijous, 17 gener de 2013

AN INFORMAL LETTER or EMAIL

In our writing workshop we are going to make emphasis on the structure of an informal letter or email. 

Read the task below:
You have been given the email address of an English-speaking person who is looking for a contact in your country. 

Write an email about you and your family, and suggest meeting at some time in the future. Write your email in 140-160 words.

 A suggested structure for this email can be:
Paragraph 1: Opening remark and reason for writing
Paragraph 2: Information about you
Paragraph 3: Information about your family
Paragraph 4: Suggestions for meeting at some time in the future and closing remarks

Other factors you should consider in an informal letter or email:

The style: 
Informal or neutral style
Everyday vocabulary
Colloquial expressions
Phrasal verbs
Contractions

Structure: 

Greetings: Dear Lee, Hi Lee, Hi there

Opening remark: I thought I'd write and let you know; I'm writing because; Just a quick note to let you know...; Sorry for not writing earlier but ...; Thank you / Thanks so much for (your letter, having me to say, etc.); It was great to hear from you...

Closing remark: That's all from me for now; I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon;Hope to hear from you soon; Look forward to hearing from you; Write back and tell me what you think about my plan.

 Farewell formula: Take care; Best wishes; Bye for now; Lots of love; Regards/ Love to... 

Another example of an informal email:
You recently moved to a big city and have decided to write to a friend from your old neighbourhood. 
Write an email describing life in your new city and your feelings about the change. Write your email in 140-160 words.

A suggested structure for this email can be:
Paragraph 1: Opening remark and reason for writing
Paragraph 2: Life in the new city
Paragraph 3: Writer's feelings about the change
Paragraph 4: Closing remarks

 One more example of an informal email: You've got two tickets for a week's cruise in the Mediterranean. 
Write a letter/email to your friend, inviting him/her to join you, giving details of which places you are going to visit and suggestions as to what he/she will need to take with him/her.

 Information taken from My That's English blog.

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