Writing content

Writing content

Help your students children classify ideas and communicate more effectively. Use graphic organizers to structure writing projects, to help in problem solving, decision making, studying, writing content research and brainstorming. Select a Graphic Organizer from the following list of links. You have permission to print and copy these pages for classroom use.

Just send me a message and I’ll see what I can do! Paper 2 Part 2 — Informal letter or email An informal letter or email is usually between people who know each other fairly well. In addition to giving news, they are often used to request information, congratulate people, give advice and ask questions. There are a lot of similarities between informal letters and conversation. Informal letters ask a lot of questions, show interest and enthusiasm, and imagine a lot of shared information. In many exam questions, you will be told what to include in your reply. Make sure that your reply answers any questions that you were asked in the task and takes into account any additional information that you have been told to mention.

It is important that you include these in order to get a good grade. Don’t forget to use only the first name of the person you are writing to and not Dear Mr John, which is never used, or Dear Mr John Brown, which sounds too formal. Informal letters sometimes have a comma after the person’s name, and the letter starts on the line below. When writing an informal letter, you are usually replying to another letter. You would normally start with a greeting, then acknowledge the letter to which you are replying. It is often a good idea to acknowledge some key information given in the original letter too. You can also make a comment on your own reply.

It’s ages since I’ve heard from you. I’m writing to apologise for missing your party but I’m afraid I was with flu. I’m really sorry that I forgot to send you a birthday card but I was busy with my new job. Room With a View’ with me at the weekend? Thank you very much for your invitation.

It was so kind of you to invite me to stay with you. Closing The end of your letter is as important as the beginning. There are some standard ways of finishing an informal letter or email. Give a reason why you’re ending the letter: Anyway, I must go and get on with my work! I guess it’s time I got on with that studying I’ve been avoiding. Anyway, don’t forget to let me know the dates of the party. I’ll try and phone you at the weekend to check the times.

We must try and meet up soon. Closing statement such as Love, Lots of love, All the best, Take care, Best wishes, should be written on a new line. If you used a comma after the opening greeting, use a comma here too. Signing off: Your first name then follows on another new line. Range: It is important that you use grammatical expressions and vocabulary appropriate to the level of the exam. Even if there are no mistakes in your writing, you will not be able to get a good grade if you use only the language and vocabulary that you learnt at elementary level. Simpler sentence structure: I’ll be late for the party.

It’s because of my French exam. Connectors: All good writing makes good use of connectors. However, many of the connectors you have learnt for other styles of writing are inappropriate in an informal letter or email. For informal writing, you need to use some of the connectors that are more specific to spoken language. To introduce a topic: Well, you’ll never guess who I bumped into yesterday. I know how much you love tennis, so I’ve got us some tickets to Wimbledon.

By the way, did you know that John’s got a new job? To go back to a previous topic: Anyway, as I was saying earlier, I really wasn’t very happy there. Oh yes, I nearly forgot, Mary asked me tell you about the cinema. To introduce surprising or bad news: Actually, he came to the party after all. I’m really sorry but I can’t make it.

To tell you the truth, I don’t really like sports much. To summarise what you’ve already said: Anyway, we had a really nice time in the end. Well, to cut a long story short, we didn’t get there on time. You have received this email from an English-speaking boy called Simon. I would like to get to know someone from your country and a friend has told me that you would like to practise your English. Perhaps we could email each other. Could you tell me a bit about yourself and your family?

Could you suggest how we might meet sometime in the future? Write your email in 140-190 words in an appropriate style. I’m glad you’re interested in my country. As your friend said, I’d like us to email each other to help me improve your English. Let me start by telling you a bit about myself and my family. My name’s Ivo and I live in Kutna Hora, which is about 45 minutes from Prague by car.

I used to work for a medical company but now I’m learning to be a salesperson. In the future I want a job where I can travel for my work. I’ve already been to a few places in Europe but I’ve never been to an English-speaking country. I live at home with my parents, which is convenient, as I don’t have to do much housework and my meals are cooked for me. My younger brother is studying at university. Although he is four years younger than me, we get on quite well. We both enjoy snowboarding and music.