THE ART OF WRITING LETTERS
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“Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient.” E. M. Forster
During the lesson you’ll listen to some new information about letters; enrich your vocabulary with new words; do the different tasks; listen to the song; work in groups; practice in writing letters.
After the lesson you’ll be able to know how to write a good letter; know which phrases are suitable for different kinds of letters; understand how it is important to write the letter properly; write your own letters to your friends.
VOCABULARY FILE Receiver, recipient – someone who receive something; Pillar – a tall upright round post, column, usually made of stone; Pigeon – a grey bird that is common in cities; earlier used for delivering messages; Envelope – a thin paper cover in which you put and send a letter; Postage – the money charged for sending a letter, package etc by post; Signature – your name written in the way you usually write it; Colon – the sign (:) that is used in writing and printing to introduce an explanation; Response – something that is done as a reaction to something that has happened or been said; Regard – respect and admiration for someone or something; Application – a formal, usually written, request for something; Yours faithfully – the usual polite way of ending a formal letter, which you have begun with Dear Sir or Dear Madam.
Click on A B or C C B 2. Date 5. Closing 3. Greeting 4. Body 2. Date 3. Body 1. Greeting 2. Greeting 5. Closing 4. Closing 1. Date 3. Body A WHAT IS THE ORDER? 1. Sender 4. Sender 5. Sender Instructions for making your game. Decide which column is to be correct. –Place your cursor on the correct letter and click. A box appears around the letter. Right click, click on hyperlink, edit hyperlink, hyperlink to: use down arrow. Click on Slide… 5 right, then ok. Follow the same instructions for the 2 wrong columns except click on Slide… 4 sorry. ---- All you need to do to change out the question and the choices is to click on it and a text box appears, erase and type in.
Informal Letter December 7, 2011 Dear Max, I just wanted to take a moment to write to you to express my thanks for the extra tutoring help you gave me this fall as I struggled in my Math course. People like you make our world a better place simply because you take the extra time to help others overcome fears and learn important skills. I think I can safely say, you are going to make a great math teacher one day! You stand head and shoulders above others in the field of math and I so appreciate the information, time and patience you provided to me. So, once again, thank you so much for everything, and especially for encouraging me! Best wishes, Rita Person 2.Salutation (Greeting) 1.Date 4.Closing 3.Body 5.Signature (sender)
If you're writing to a close friend, you should write the date, which will help your friend remember when it was received. Start with a proper greeting. The opening should begin at the left side of the page, not the middle or up against the right side of the sheet. The most common opening is "Dear" followed by the person's first name and a comma. You also can write "Hello“, or "Hey“, or “Hi”. Write an opening paragraph. You can begin with "How are you?", "What's up?" or "How's it going?” Construct the body of the letter. Include a closing such as "Love always" ,"Cheers", "Sincerely", “See you soon", or “Take care“. Sign your name underneath and print your name under the signature. Informal Letter
Formal letters are more complicated Besides the date you should write your address and the address of the receiver on the right. In greeting use Mr., Miss, Mrs., Madam, Dr., Sir before the receiver's last name and a colon instead of a comma, (e.g. "Dear Mr. Johnson:“). Write an opening paragraph. Be direct about why you are writing the letter. Construct the body of the letter. Use the closing paragraph to indicate the type of response you are seeking. The closing can be on the left or the right side of the page. stick with "Regards,“ “Sincerely yours” or "Respectfully," and sign your name underneath. Then print your name under the signature.
1. Dear Mr. Williams, 2. See you later. 3. Yours sincerely, Mary 4. Hi, how’s it going? 5. Lots of love, from Jerry 6. Yours faithfully, Alan Stewart 7. Dear Madam, 8. Dear Jeff, 9. Take care 10.I look forward to hearing from you soon. 11. Sorry I haven’t written for a while. 12. Please can you send me an application form? 13. Best wishes, from Tracey. 14. Please say hi to Peter. 15. We are writing to inform you that… Say which phrases are suitable for formal or informal letters formal informal formal formal formal formal informal informal informal informal informal informal formal informal informal
Instructions: Divide into Teams. Each team is asked a question. If you answer correctly, I’ll click your team’s color button to move your car. Five correct answers will cross the finish line and win the race. 3 2 The Beach Rally Play
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A million ………… bills are Floating through my mind Each and …………. a simple plan Isn’t it a shame my friend How money rules the ………. Can you feel the same again Empty little words A ………….. million love songs Are humming in my head None of them can glue my broken …… Don't you feel the pain again That .………. just can't buy A friend or at least a helping hand To fix this simple life And I feel we need ….… again We need a change of mind and then We need this song to comprehend And I see a ray of light again There is ……… for oh my sorry soul An open letter to a friend A ……….. dollar bills are Floating through my mind Each and everyone a simple plan Isn’t it a …….…. my friend How money rules the world Don’t you feel the same again Empty little words And I feel we ….…. love again We need a change of mind and then We need this song to comprehend And I ….…. a ray of light again There is hope for oh my sorry soul An open letter to a ………. H-Blockx Open Letter to a Friend everyone dollar money soul hundred world million need shame hope see love friend
Have we gained our aims? Have you learned how to write a good letter? Do you know which phrases are suitable for different kinds of letters? Do you understand now how it is important to write the letter properly? Can you write your own letters to your friends now?
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