The Formal LetterStructure, Language Features and SuggestedFormat
Formal Letters – An introduction• The steps to writing a formal letter are the same as forinformal letters. The difference...
Sample Formal Letter
Parts of a letter (both formal & informal)Salutation ValedictionFORMAL LETTERDear Sir, DearSir/Madam, Dear Mr.Tan, Dear Mr...
Formal Letter…language features• Formal letters have some additional features which arenot required in casual or polite in...
Ready to try out thesteps?• Read the assignment notes given to you• Apply the steps of letter writing to work out a simple...
Lesson Recap• Steps to situational writing• What are the parts of the Situational Question• What is the key features of fo...
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The formal letter is an important writing task assigned to candidates of the O and N Level English Language examinations. Knowledge of how to craft such letters is also an important life skill for anyone who has to address an issue or matter respectfully and/or authoritatively. The slides in this presentation are aimed at introducing students and interested persons to the structure, language features and format of formal letters as they are currently conceived. It is my hope that these groups of individuals may find the lecture helpful in guiding them in drafting such formal correspondence for the exams or in real life.

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  1. 1. The Formal LetterStructure, Language Features and SuggestedFormat
  2. 2. Formal Letters – An introduction• The steps to writing a formal letter are the same as forinformal letters. The difference lies in:• The style and tone of the language of the letter• The format of the letter, (i.e. the salutation, andvalediction)• Formal letter format provided to you… use it as a guidefor future assignments
  3. 3. Sample Formal Letter
  4. 4. Parts of a letter (both formal & informal)Salutation ValedictionFORMAL LETTERDear Sir, DearSir/Madam, Dear Mr.Tan, Dear Mr Cyril Lim,Yours faithfully, YoursSincerely,INFORMAL LETTERDear Dad, Dear Alfred etc. With love, Kindregards, Bestwishes, Regards,
  5. 5. Formal Letter…language features• Formal letters have some additional features which arenot required in casual or polite informal letters.• These features help enhance the respectful andauthoritative tone of the letter.• Here are some tips on formal features:• Salutations and Valediction (must be appropriately matched)• E.g. If salutation begins with “Dear Sir” then valedictionshould be “Yours faithfully”• If you address a person by name in your salutation (Dear MsTan, etc.) then the valediction should be “Yours sincerely”
  6. 6. Ready to try out thesteps?• Read the assignment notes given to you• Apply the steps of letter writing to work out a simpleoutline to a formal letter• Nominate a presenter to present your team’s effort inclass. (2 minutes each)
  7. 7. Lesson Recap• Steps to situational writing• What are the parts of the Situational Question• What is the key features of formal letters?

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