2e Writing Skills

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Writing Skills

1 Read the extracts from some letters/emails (1-6) and match them to a description (A-F).
There is one that you do not need to use.

1)  Lastly, could you tell me what the weather will be lire while I'm in  England? Tfals will help me decide which clothes to brmg! Lootelitg forward to meeting you..

Best wishes, sarah Holmes

2) Hi Sally!
It's Dave Carter here! Do you remember we met at Sean's party last week? Anyway, it was great to meet you and I was wondering if you fancied meeting up for coffee some time?

3)  Dear Kate, Regarding our recent telephone conversation about our makeup course, I would like to clarify a few details to help you decide whether or not to take the course. Firstly,...

4)  Anyway, I wanted to ask  your opinion about  something. I'm totally  stressed out about my  exams. I really need to do  something. Any ideas?
Write back soon.

Lots of love,  Katy XXX

5)  Dear Mrs Carter,   I am writing on behalf of  the students of class  11E to ask if it would be possible to organise an anti-bullying week at the end of term.


 6) Hi Megan!
Sorry you're feeling so down! Look, just remember everyone gets depressed about the way they look from time to time. Why don't you...


2  Read the theory boxes. Which of the extracts 1-6 are from informal and which from semi- formal letters? How do you know?

Informal & semi-formal letters/emails

We normally write informal (friendly) letters or emails to close relatives, friends, people of our own age or other people we know well. We write semi-formal letters or emails to people we do not know very well or when we want to be more polite and respectful a friend's parents, a teacher etc.

Semi-formal writing is characterised by a more polite tone than informal. It uses less colloquial language Thank you very much for your letter (NOT: Thanks a lot for your letter), and fewer short forms (I'll, can't), phrasal verbs (get on, settle in) & idioms Telephone me if I can help you with ... (NOT: Give mo a ring if you need a hand with...)

3 Who could each letter below be written to How well do you know these people?

•    a good friend • a school teacher
•    a stranger you have spoken to on the phone
•    a couple you are going to stay with in England
•    a new friend of your own age

 4 a   Read letters A & B on p 37. What is the purpose of each? Which is to: a friend? *an agony aunt? How is the style different? Why?

b How does each letter: begin? end? How many paragraphs are there? Which contain(s): main subject(s) of the letter in detail? closing remarks? reason for writing opening remarks?

*a person who gives advice on reader's problems in a newspaper or magazine.

5  a Which letter contains the most: short forms? colloquial language? phrasal verbs? idioms? polite language? full forms? Find examples.

Dear Sarah,                                                                                                                                                        A

1> Hi! How are you? I've been so worried about you since I got your letter. Thought I'd drop you a line to help you out.

2> It's great that you've made some new pals, but they don't sound very good company, if you ask me. No one has the right to tell you how you should look and dress!

3> Also, I don't like the idea of you bunking off school just because your friends think it's cool. Why not tell them that you can meet up after school instead?

4> Well, I hope it all works out for you. Write back and tell me what happens!
Lots of love,

Dear Dr Kelly,                                                                                                                                                    B

1>  I am writing to you in the hope that you can help me. My name is Diana and I am sixteen years old. My problem is that I hate the way I look.

2>  When I was younger I was happy and did not worry so much about my appearance. 1 always had lots of friends and I had fun. Now I rarely feel like going out as I have no confidence. When I look in the mirror I can only see my faults and I think other people will see me like that too.

3>  Also, I am really dissatisfied with my weight. What can I do? Maybe it would be a good idea to have cosmetic surgery.

4>  I would really appreciate it if you could help me. I look forward to your reply,
Diana Smith

b Find phrases/words in letter B which have a similar meaning to the phrases in bold in letter A.

Informal and semi-formal style

6  Match the semi-formal sentences (A-H) below to the informal ones (1-8). Which pairs of sentences: ask for information? give information? accept an invitation? refuse an invitation? thank? apologise? offer help? make a suggestion?


A    I hope you will find this information useful.
B    I really appreciated your help at the reception.
C    I would be happy to help you out.
D    I'm afraid I can't come on Tuesday night.
E    It would be a good idea if you joined a gym.
F    I'd like to apologise for what happened.
G    Could you tell me where I can find a good gym?
H    I would like to come to the party.


1    Do you know where I can find a good gym?
2    Hope this was what you wanted to know.
3    I'd love to come to the party.
4    I'm sorry but I can't make it on Tuesday night.
5    Thanks a lot for your help at the reception.
6    I'm so sorry about what happened.
7    I don't mind giving you a hand.
8    Why not join a gym?

Rewrite the sentences 1-5 in semi-formal style.

1    Hope my advice helps.
2    How about starting a diet?
3    Any ideas what to do?
4    I'm sorry I didn't turn up to the party.
5    I'd love to spend the weekend together.

Letters/emails based on written input, respond to written information (letters, invitations etc).

•    It is important to include all the notes in the written information in full sentences using your own words.
•    Always write in a style appropriate to the person you are writing to.
•    Make sure that each paragraph deals with a different topic.

8 Read the rubric and the letter. Find the key words, then answer the questions.

You have received an email from your English friend's mum asking you to help her with something. Read her letter and the notes you have made. Then write an email to her, using all your notes. Write between 120 - 150 words in an appropriate style.


1  Who is sending the email? To whom? How are they related?
2  What should you write?
3  What style should you use? Why?
4  What information should you include?
5  How could you start/end your piece of writing?

9 a  Look at Matt's answer. Has he included all the necessary information? Is it written in an appropriate style? Why/Why not?

What a cool idea to have a party for Steve! I'd love to help you out!

If I were you, I'd invite all Steve's friends from his class at school and from his football team, too. I'll send you a list of all their email addresses if you like!

Why don't you have the party on a Friday or Saturday night? It'll be tricky for everyone to come on a Thursday.

Also, don't worry about getting everythibg ready. I don't mind coming to give you a hand!
Lots of love,

b Rewrite the letter in a more appropriate style. Compare with your partner.

Discuss & write

10 RNE  Read the rubrics below and find the key words. Then discuss: reason for writing; who will read the letter/email; how you would begin/end; what style you would write in; what information you would include in each paragraph.

A visiting speaker recently came to your school to give a talk on peer pressure. Your teacher has asked you to write a letter on behalf of your class to thank her (120-150 words). Include:

•    why your class appreciated the talk
•    if she can come again and speak to another class

You are studying in England. Your English friend, Tom, has sent you an email with a request. Read Tom's email and the notes you have made. Reply to Tom's email, using all your notes. (120-150 words)


11 Choose one of the rubrics and write your letter/email. Swap papers and correct your partner's piece of writing. Use the checklist.


Does the reply contain all the information in the rubric?

Is it written in the correct style?

Are paragraphs clearly laid-out?

Are there grammar/spelling and punctuation mistakes?

Is it the correct length?

Английский язык. 11 класс : учеб. для общеобразоват. учреждений / [О.В. Афанасьева, Дж.Дули, И.В. Михеева и др.]. - 2-е изд., доп. и перераб. - М.: Express Publishing : Просвещение, 2009. - 244 с. : ил. - (Английский в фокусе).

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