Formal letter - H3

Do you know what a formal letter is?
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Slide 1: Quiz
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This lesson contains 28 slides, with interactive quizzes and text slides.

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Do you know what a formal letter is?

Slide 1 - Quiz

Table of content
  • Pen and notebook ready?
  • Take notes on writing a formal letter
  • Formal letter feedback

Slide 2 - Slide

How did you start your letter?

Slide 3 - Open question

Top left corner: your address without your name
There is a space between my address and the date
Months with a capital letter and another space
Address of newspaper (+country)
Salutation: unknown, / known,

Slide 4 - Slide

Arnhemse Bovenweg 97
3388 BJ Zeist
The Netherlands
At the top left  corner you write your address
without your name

The New York Times
229 west 43rd Street
New York NY 10036
Then you write the address of the person you are writing to
Zeist, 1 April 2021
place name, date (of writing)
Salutation unknown
Dear Sir/Madam,
 (Dear Mr Smith,)

Slide 5 - Slide

What do we write in the first paragraph?

Slide 6 - Open question

 In the introduction, you introduce yourself first.

Then you tell the addressee why you are writing: I would like to react to the article ‘Teaching: Teachers First’ in The Guardian of Tuesday 29 April.

Explain why you were interested in this article.

Tell that you agree or disagree with the opinions in the article.

Slide 7 - Slide

What does the body of our formal letter consist of?

Slide 8 - Open question

Body / Main paragraphs
IIn the body, you explain why you agree or disagree with the article. Every time you start a new argument or reason, you should start a new paragraph.

You might want to include some solutions or actions people should undertake. Read the actual assignment carefully, so you know what information you have to include and in what order.

Slide 9 - Slide

You know the words connected to crime, punishment and the Mock Trial and you can write a story about criminal behaviour with those words.  

You know the word order in English.  

You can write relatively complex sentences.  

You can link sentences, paragraphs and ideas with linking words (but, and, so, therefore, however, although, despite, moreover, in addition, to conclude, etc.)

You can use the tenses, passive, and the First and Second Conditional in a text.  

You know how to write a letter of opinion. 

Slide 10 - Slide

What is your last paragraph?

Slide 11 - Open question

In the conclusion, you should restate your opinion.
In addition, you should make clear what you expect the addressee to do with your letter. 

If you would like the addressee to write back to you, you should say so and write as your last sentence:
I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully, (or if you know the name of the addressee: Yours sincerely,)

End with Your Name.

Slide 12 - Slide

Tips and tricks
Structure before you start writing
- What question do I have to answer / Which points do I have to make?
- What do I write in each paragraph?
- How many words do I roughly want to use in each paragraph?

Learn the standard openings and endings  
- Dear Sir/Madam,
- Yours sincerely, Yours faithfully,

Slide 13 - Slide

Tips and Tricks
Avoid using contractions, short forms and informal language
- I'm, don't, can't, gonna / I am, do not, cannot, going to

Don't overcomplicate your language
- 'I believe these issues will lead to a problem' instead of 'the issues higlighted are indicative of future failings'

Do not make your point multiple times.

Think of equivalents for 'very', 'really', 'I think'

Slide 14 - Slide

Name the two ways to end a formal letter.

Slide 15 - Mind map

True or False
A formal letter should always have a date.

Slide 16 - Quiz

True or False
You put the address of the person your writing to directly under your address.

Slide 17 - Quiz

True or False
You should begin a formal letter with Dear + first name + surname.

Slide 18 - Quiz

True or False
In formal letters you should use short forms.

Slide 19 - Quiz

Do you understand how to write a formal letter?

Slide 20 - Poll

Which is formal?
I thought I’d write
I am writing

Slide 21 - Quiz

I am writing to complain about the
terrible state of the yard
condition of the playground

Slide 22 - Quiz

Over the last two weeks, I have noticed
loads of rubbish
a great deal of litter

Slide 23 - Quiz

Which is formal?
I reckon
It is my opinion

Slide 24 - Quiz

Which is formal?
The boy in question
The boy I’m talking about

Slide 25 - Quiz

Which is formal?
it may be possible to
you could

Slide 26 - Quiz

I think that our school needs _____ security
more adequate

Slide 27 - Quiz

Rest of the lesson
Write a letter of opinion

Go to : - Writing a formal letter - V3 Writing P3 - Exercise 2 Practice Writing Test (last exercise)

Choose a buddy to write with.

Slide 28 - Slide