How to write a formal letter of opinion.
A useful guide for level B1 and above.
What we will learn.
• Writing a formal letter of opinion
• Expressing agreement
• Expressing disagreement
• Providing solutions
Read the article
Yesterday, a march was organized by animal lovers protesting against
the bad living conditions of dolphins in aquariums. Considering the
fact that some species of dolphins are threatened with extinction,
leaflets were handed out informing people about how much these
creatures suffer by performing dangerous tricks in small pools.
It should also be noted that these animals sometimes are not treated
very well and that in a few cases they do not get enough or proper
Write a letter to the editor of Our World
expressing your opinion about dolphins
in aquariums giving reasons and
providing solutions to the problem.
Before writing think about this
• Do you think that wild animals in captivity suffer?
Why? Why not?
• Do you think wild animals should live in their
• Are you concerned about the extinction some wild
Before writing decide:
1. What style of letter would you write?
2. How would you start your letter?
a. Dear Friend,
b. Dear Editor,
3. How would you finish your letter?
a. Yours sincerely, b. Yours,
4. What is the purpose of the letter?
5. How many paragraphs would you divide the letter
How to plan the letter. (1)
Make your topic
and opinion clear
- dolphins in aquariums
- Your objection to
keeping them in such
How to plan the letter. (2)
Give reasons for
Interested in animal welfare
Some species face extinction
Unnatural living conditions
Not enough space to swim in
Perform dangerous tricks
How to plan the letter. (3)
Provide solutions to
- Effective measures for
- Bigger pools, proper food
- Better treatment
How to plan the letter.
Restate your opinion
hoping this problem
will be solved
- Hope for editor’s
- Promotion of a project for
animals in captivity
Useful set phrases (1)
Introduction: paragraph 1
Having read your article concerning ……
I am writing to express my opinion about …..
I was very much concerned to read that ….
I am writing in connection with / in reference to your
article in (name of the newspaper / magazine)
Useful set phrases (2)
Main body: Paragraphs 2 & 3
Expressing agreement / disagreement / making suggestions
First of all, it would be / it would not be a good idea to …
I totally agree / disagree with ….
Consequently, I strongly object to the existence of aquariums
In my opinion / view, I think we should / could …..
I would suggest you protect …..
Useful set phrases (3)
Conclusion: Paragraph 4
- To sum up / Summing up / To conclude
- Concluding, I hope that ….. / All the above
considered, I believe that ….
- I would appreciate it if you looked into the matter ….
- Yours sincerely,
name and surname
Some linking words and phrases
To add some more points:
- Besides (this)
- In addition (to this)
- What is more
- Apart from this
Some linking words and phrases
- To sum up
- Summing up
- Considering the above
- Taking everything into account
- To conclude
- In conclusion
Having read your article concerning dolphins in aquariums, I am writing to express my opinion
and my objections to this situation.
As a member of an environmental group I am very interested and worried about the dolphins,
some species of which are facing extinction. Consequently, I totally disagree with keeping
dolphins in such unnatural living conditions. They do not have enough space to swim in, and they
suffer when they have to perform tricks to entertain people. Moreover, it is known that these
animals are very often abused and underfed.
For all these reasons, I believe that the authorities should take effective measures to protect
them. They should force owners of such centers to keep dolphins in bigger pools, feed them
more properly and treat them in a humane way.
Summing up, I hope that you will offer invaluable help to the promotion of a project for the
protection of animals in captivity.
Keep in mind.
Opens a letter written to:
Dear Sir ----------------------------------------
A man whose name you do not
Dear Sirs ---------------------------------------
Dear Madam ---------------------------------
A woman, whether single or
married, whose name you do not
Dear Sir or Madam --------------------------
Letter to a person of whom you
know neither the name nor the sex