Formal and Informal Language

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Introduce readers and writers to formal and informal language with this brief presentation.

Introduce readers and writers to formal and informal language with this brief presentation.

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  • Emily Kissner

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  • 1. Formal and Informal Language Choosing the right kind of language for your purpose
  • 2. The right kind of language…. We can choose different kinds of speech and writing for different situations.
  • 3. The right kind of language…. How are these two locations different? How might you behave differently in each one?
  • 4. Informal An informal situation is casual and laidback—like a playground!
  • 5. Informal How’s it going? Hey! An informal situation is casual and laidback—like a playground!
  • 6. Informal We use informal language when we talk to: -Friends -Family members -People our own age -People we know well Suppose you see a friend at the playground. Use informal language to show how you would have a conversation.
  • 7. Informal Informal language includes contractions, slang, abbreviations, and idioms.
  • 8. Formal Language A formal situation follows certain rules of etiquette and protocol.
  • 9. Formal Language Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to see you. A formal situation follows certain rules of etiquette and protocol.
  • 10. Formal Language We use formal language when we talk to: don’t know -People we -People in positions of authority -People older than we are -People we want to impress Suppose that you were at this formal garden. Write a conversation that you might have with an older couple.
  • 11. Formal or Informal? You are speaking with the school principal about an upcoming Student Council event. You should use formal language for this occasion. Be polite and respectful. Speak in complete sentences and avoid slang.
  • 12. Formal or Informal? At the playground, you see a friend who used to be in your class. You may use informal language for this occasion. What might you say?
  • 13. Formal or Informal? You are on a field trip to a museum. You want to ask the tour guide a question. You should choose formal language for this occasion. The tour guide is older than you are and in a position of authority.
  • 14. Formal or Informal? You are camping with your family and friends. You may use informal language for this occasion. What might you say?
  • 15. Formal and Informal Language What have you learned about formal and informal language?