Writing an Email 1st Year Intermediate 2012-2013
Getting started • What could you invite your friend to in an e-mail? • How would you start and end a letter to: • a friend? your teacher? • Someone you’ve never met?
Choose from the greetings below. • Hi (+ first name), • Dear Sir/madam, • Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms (+surname), • Love, • Yours faithfully, • Best regards, • (first name) • (full name)
Check your answers To a friend • Hi (+ first name), • Love, • First name Somebody you don’t know very well • Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms surname), • Best regards, To somebody you’ve never met • Dear Sir/madam, • Yours faithfully, • Full name
Informal email Which of the following phrases would be appropriate in an informal e-mail invitation? Decide in pairs. Which can you use to start / end your e-mail?
Informal email end formal start end end formal Can’t wait to hear from you. I’m writing to complaint about … Hi! How are you? Write back soon. Thanks for your letter. I look forward to hearing from you.
Example 1 Formal email. Well done! ✔ Dear Mr Jones, I’m a university student from Finland and I’m writing to get some information about your language courses this summer. I’ve got a few questions: 1. Do you do a course for university students, which helps them with their essay writing skills? 2. How many hours a week are the courses? 3. What sort of accommodation do you offer? 4. What after-school activities are there? 5. Do you do any trips to other towns in the UK? I’m hoping to come over in June, so if you can get back to me as soon as possible, it would be great. Thanks for your help. Best regards, Jaana Nikkinen
Example 2 Formal email. Try Again! ✗ Subject: Hello! Hi Jack!!! My name’s Jaana and I’M FROM FINLAND!!! I bet you haven’t had students from here B4 ;-) ;-) That’s probably coz we’re so amazing at languages, that we don’t need any xtra help?except me – I need all the help I can get!! FYI: the problem really started when I was in primary school, and my parents, who had been arguing non-stop since I was a little baby, got divorced and decided that I should be adopted as they couldn’t decide who should have custody of me. If I had been in their situation, I think I probably wouldn’t have known either!! Anyway, this was all a bit traumatic, so all my school subjects suffered, especially English. HAHAHAAA ONLY JOKING!!!! :-) (Actually, don’t tell anyone, but I’m actually quite a good student? but if anyone found out, my reputation would be ruined, so shhhhhh!) BTW do u do courses for uni students? How many lessons/week? Is there any extra stuff after school, SO I CAN MEET SOME COOL PEOPLE? How about trips? Give me all the info you can, man. Jaana (although all my mates call me Jakki!!)
Example 3 Informal email. OK! ✔ Hi Vic, How are you? What are you doing this New Year’s Eve? Jean andI have decided to hold a party at home this year, and we’d love it if you could come. We’re planning quite a small party with our old school friends, so you’ll know all of the guests. There’ll be lots to eat and drink. We’ve decided to give the party a Mexican theme, with lots of spicy food. You’ll probably be coming by train won’t you? Just give us a ring from the station and I’ll pick you up. As the party will be quite late, you’ll need to stay the night. Don’t worry there’s plenty of room for everybody. We’ll, I really hope you can make it. It seems ages since we lastsaw. Please let me know as soon as possible. Lots of love, Mark
Task _____ _____ _____ _____ ______ • Underline the key words in the rubric. Write an e-mail to a friend telling him/her about your plans for this summer and invite him/her to go with you. Mention: • A trip • How long • Where to • Who with
Dear (+ your friend’s first name), Introduction (Para 1) Ask how he / she is Thank for last email Main Body (Para 2) Mention the trip and give some details. Conclusion (Para 3) Encourage friend to come. Ask for a speedy reply Love, (Your name)