Letter writingHow to write a letter giving advice
What we will learn.• Writing a letter of advice.• How to deal with problems• Express advice
Read the letterDear Mr. M, I’m seventeen years old and I have a serious problem with myparents. I have a lot of arguments with them because they getangry at me for talking with my friends on the phone. Theysay that I talking on my phone to my friends interrupts mystudying on weekdays evenings and that I don’t do myschoolwork by making these unnecessary phone calls. Howcan I persuade them that I need my friends and that they arewrong?Desperate Teenager
Writing taskWrite a letter to Desperate Teenager givingsome advice to him/her about how he/shecan deal with this problem.
Before writing think about this.1. Do you speak with your friends on the phone on weekday evenings? Why? Why not?2. What would you say to convince your parents that you need to talk with your friends on the phone?3. Do your parents let you stay out late?
Before writing decide:1. What style of letter would you write? a. Informal b. Formal2. How would you start your letter? a. Dear Annie b. Dear Desperate Teenager3. What is the purpose of your letter?4. How would you finish your letter? a. Yours,/ Good luck, b. Yours sincerely,5. What problem does Desperate Teenager face?
How to plan the letter. (1)Introduction Points to be includedParagraph 1: Make the purpose of - Parents objection to your letter clear and letting him/her speak show understanding on the phone
How to plan the letter (2)Main Body Points to be includedParagraph 2: Give your advice to help - Not argue with parents him/her solve the - Important to have friends problem and talk with them - You need a break - Speaking with them is relaxing
How to plan the letter (3)Main Body Points to be includedParagraph 3: Add some more - Parents’ advice is important - Never neglect your advice schoolwork - Your friends are the same age and have the same problems as you have
How to plan the letter (4)Conclusion Points to be includedParagraph 4: Hope everything will - Parents will finally show understanding be fine
Useful set phrasesDear …,Introduction: paragraph 1- Having read your problem in ….- I was sorry to read about your problem …..- I understand how you are and ….- I was in the same situation you are a few years ago
Useful set phrasesMain body: paragraphs 2 & 3Giving advice- It would/might be a good idea to …- I strongly advice you to/ not to ….- First of all, it’s very important you do not argue …- I think you should (also) tell them that …- The best thing for you to do is ….
Useful set phrasesConclusion: paragraph 4- To sum up, / Summing up, …- To conclude, / Concluding- Finally, I’m sure that if you follow my advice, you will see that everything will work out.- Good luck, name and surname
Model letterDear Desperate Teenager,I was sorry to read about your parents’ objection to letting you talk with yourfriends on the phone. I understand how you feel and I hope I have some goodadvice for you.First, you should not argue with your parents but try to explain to them calmly thatyour friends are important to you. Make it clear to them that you need a shortbreak and talking with your friends does not distract you from studying. On thecontrary, it’s relaxing and it takes your mind off your worries.It might also be a good idea to tell your parents that you’ve always respected themand depended on their advice, that your schoolwork is your priority and so theyhave nothing to worry about. Finally, you should let them know that your friendsare of the same age as you are and you all have the same problems and worries todiscuss.Concluding, I’m sure it will all work out and they will show understanding.Good luck,Mr. Michael
Homework for lesson 2Read the letter in the advice column below and write your own letter. Dear Ali, I am fourteen years old and I usually have arguments with my parents. The problem is that they don’t let me stay late at my friends’ parties. Last Saturday I came back home at 11.30 p.m. and they started shouting at me because they had told me to be back home at 10.30 p.m. I don’t know what to do with them! Can you help me? Angry TeenagerTask: The column writer asks readers to write letters of advice to those who face a problem and send them. Write a letter giving some advice to Angry teenager about how to deal with the problem
Lesson completedNow you have learned to write a lettergiving advice.