Talking and Applied Writing. Invitations and reply to invitations. Teaching tasks. Useful sentence patterns in spoken invitations. Invitations and reply to invitations. How to invite people. What does an invitation consist of. How to reply to invitations. How to invite people.
Invitations and reply to invitations
Useful sentence patterns in spoken invitations
How to invite people
What does an invitation consist of
How to reply to invitations
Requesting someone’s presence
Stating the specific event
Setting the time and place
Accepting an invitation
Declining an invitation
Read and write invitation cards
Invite people, accept an invitation or decline it
Write an invitation letter and a reply to it
Mr. and Mrs. Wangrequest the pleasure of your companyat a dinner party in celebration oftheir daughter's eighteenth birthdaySaturday, the sixth of Marchat 8:00pm74 Salisbury Street, Beeston, Nottingham
Dear Mr. Smith, You are invited to attend a hike to the Great Wall on Friday, November 17th. The coach will leave at 7 o'clock.Your family and friends are welcome, too.We would feel honored if you can join us for the wonderful trip. Peter
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W: Hello, William. What are you doing tomorrow evening?
m: Tomorrow evening? Nothing special, I was thinking of watching TV.
W: Drag yourself away from television for a change. I’m having a few friends to have a dinner party tomorrow to celebrate my daughter’s birthday. How would you like to join us?
m: Great. That would be super. Congratulations!
W: Thank you. How about eight o’clock? Is that OK?
m: Oh yes, fine. Would it be all right if I brought somebody with me?
W: Yes, of course.
m: OK. Fine. Do you want me to bring something to drink? Red wine or white?
W: Um, white wine, if you feel you must bring something. But it’s not necessary.
m: I’ll do that. Well, indeed, thank you very much for inviting me.
W: My pleasure.
m: I’ll be along at eight. Looking forward to it.
W: Yeah, see you then.
C: Are you doing anything special on Friday, Mr. Smith?
S: Yes, Mr. Johnson and I have promised to call on some friends at the embassy.
C: Oh, what a pity!
S: What did you have in mind?
C: We were thinking of asking you and Mr. Johnson to go to the Great Wall.
S: I’d love to and I’m sure Mr. Johnson would, too. I wonder if we could make it some other time if it is convenient?
C: What about Saturday? But I need to alert you that the coach will leave quite early at 7 o’clock.
S: I’ll ask Mr. Johnson if he has any plans, but I think it’ll be all right. Suppose I give you a ring this afternoon and let you know.
C: That would be fine.
Here is a group of short dialogues. Follow the examples to make more conversations with your partner.
A: Let’s go swimming today.
B: Good idea. Where do you want to go?
A: Oh, I’ve no idea yet. How about going to the
B: Okay. That’s fine with me.
Task: Suggest going skiing with your friend.
A: What are you doing on Saturday night?
B: I’m not sure. Why?
A: Well, I was thinking of going to a movie with
you this weekend.
B: Sounds great.
Task: Invite your friend to go to a concert on Friday evening.
A: What are you going to do this weekend,
Jenny? Got any plans?
B: Want to see a movie? “Ghost” is on at the Marina.
A: Yeah, why not? The early show or the late show?
B: Let’s go to the late show, and we could do something afterward. Maybe go dancing or hear some music.
Task: Invite your friend to go to the early show of the movie “My Fair Lady”.
A: Well, thank goodness. It’s Friday, Jean?
B: Yes, it was a long week, Ken.
A: Say, I was wondering if you would like to go out to dinner tonight. I’d like to take you somewhere really special.
B: Oh, thanks, but ... maybe some other time. I’ve got so much work to do. I’ll be working at the
office late tonight.
Task: Decline your friend’s invitation to go out to
Imagine you are inviting your friend Bill to a concert tonight, but he happens to have to finish a term paper. Complete the following conversation with him by filling out the blanks.
What are you doing tonight
Y:1 ___________________________, Bill?
B: I’m not sure. Why?
Y:Well, 2 _____________________ if you would like
to go to a concert with me?
B:Tonight? 3 ______________. But I really have to stay in and 4 _____________________.
I was wondering
I wish I could
write a term paper
Y: That’s too bad.
B: It is. Going to a concert sounds like a lot more fun than writing a term paper.
Y: Oh, maybe 5 _______________________. We
should try and do something together soon.
B: 6 ______________. Let’s talk about it together
Y: OK. See you later.
some other time then
Imagine you are a friend of Jennifer’s. Tomorrow is your birthday. You are inviting her to come to your birthday party. Fill in the blanks according to the Chinese version provided.
You: Jennifer, 1 __________________________? (你明天晚上有什么特别的事吗?)
Jennifer: No, nothing special.
I’d like to invite you to come to my birthday party. Would you like to join us
You: 2 __________________________? (我想请你参加我的生日聚会。你愿意来吗？)
Jennifer: Yes, I’d love to.
You: 3 __________________________?
Jennifer: Oh, yes, fine. Do you want me to bring something to drink? Orange juice or lemonade?
You: 4 ____________________________________. (如果你一定要带什么的话,就带柠檬汁吧。)
Jennifer: I’ll do that. Thank you very much for
Imagine you are a friend of Mary’s. You are asking her to go to a movie. Play your role according to the clues given in the brackets.
What are you going to do this weekend
Y: 1 (问对方这个周末打算做什么)，Mary? Got any plans?
M: Nothing special. Why?
Y: Want to see a movie?
“Thunderstorm” is on at the Friendship.
M: Yeah, why not? 3 (询问看早场还是晚场。)
Y: Let’s go to the early show, and we could do something afterward.
Maybe go to KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) or a Coffee Shop.
When and where shall we meet?
M: 5 (表示要去肯德基。)
Y: 6 (询问在什么时间和地点见面。)
M: I’ll come to your house to pick you up at six o’clock.
Y: 7 (表示同意与感谢。) See you then.
That’s very kind of you.
Read the invitation letters
Translate an invitation letter
Write a reply to invitation letter
Write an invitation letter
TECHNOLOGY IN ENGINEERING CONFERENCE
45 BROUGHTON Street, Brighton
Hempstead Industrial Estate
Hemel Hempstead HP2 7FX May 25, 2002
Dear Mr. Higgins,
We have pleasure in inviting you to our annual (年度的) conference. This year it will be taking place at the Metropole Hotel, Brighton, from 24 to 28, July.
We enclose details of the conference, accommodation arrangements and an activity program.
Last year you gave a very interesting talk on the subject of “Purchasing (采购) High Technology.” We would be very grateful if you would consider giving us update on this.
We would appreciate it if you could confirm your participation (参加) at your earliest convenience.
June 24 , 2002
Dear Mr. Bool,
We have pleasure in inviting you to our annual conference. This year it will be taking place at the University of Nottingham, from 20 to 24, August.
We enclose details of the conference, accommodation arrangements and a business activity program.
Last year you gave a very interesting talk on the subject of “Academic Standards and Expectations” We would be very grateful if you would consider giving us update on this.
We would appreciate it if you could confirm your participation at your earliest convenience.
Your reply should include the following.
thanks for the above letter
confirmation of your participation
request for more information about the program
apology for not being able to give another talk (pressure of work— no time for preparation)
a complimentary close to end the letter
Some parts of the letter have already been done for you.
Dear Mr. Luford, Thank you for your letter of 24 June and I am pleased to confirm my participation in this year’s conference in August. I would be grateful if you could send me further details about the program. Unfortunately, I will not be able to give an update on last time’s talk. I am afraid that pressure of work will not allow time to prepare a talk. However, I look forward to attending the conference again. Yours sincerely, H. Bool
according to the following message
I’d like to invite you to dinner. 我想请你吃晚饭。
Why don’t you come and join us for disco?
It’s very kind of you to invite me.
How nice of you! Many thanks. 你真好！多谢。
I’d love to. That would be great.
Perhaps next week?
Could you make it another time, perhaps next Sunday? 你能改个时间吗，下个星期天怎样？
It’s very kind of you, but you see I’ll have to prepare for my exam.
I’m sorry I can’t, but thank you all the same.