Situational Writing - Informal/ Personal Letter

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This slides aim to explain the format as well as the various features of informal letter. Also, it provides tips on how to write a personal letter under the O' level paper 1 situational writing.

The informal letter is also known as personal letter.
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Situational Writing - Informal/ Personal Letter

  1. 1. Personal Letter 101
  2. 2. Definition A personal letter is a letter that we write to someone we know, or someone we want to get to know. Usually, it’s written to a friend or relative.
  3. 3. Informal and Friendly Tone
  4. 4. Example 1 Relative I was extremely disappointed at not winning the prize, but I’ll try to win it next year.
  5. 5. Example 1 A Close Friend I was shattered at not winning the prize – I cried myself to sleep every night for an entire week.
  6. 6. The closer our relationship to the recipient, the more personal and informal the tone.
  7. 7. Remember 1. Exclude information which the recipient already knows 2. Include reason for writing 3. Use the right tone and language.
  8. 8. Format Block 24A Cascade Crescent Singapore 432765 Sender’s Address 18 February 2013 Date Dear Aunt Cindy, Salutation/ Opening Greeting
  9. 9. It’s been months since I last hear from you! Are you and your family doing fine? I guess your work is Introduction keeping you very busy and that’s why you haven’t written, emailed or called. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Body blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Body blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
  10. 10. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Body blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah Please, pretty please, write soon – we miss hearing from you. When will you be Closure back? Soon I hope! Please send my regards to Uncle Tom. Take care of yourself! Complimentary Close Love, Justin Bieber Sign-off Name or Nickname
  11. 11. 4 Ways to make your letter Interesting Tone Emotions Format & Style ‘Connections’
  12. 12. Tone Use a friendly, sincere and conversational tone.
  13. 13. Show your care and concern Remember to ask how your recipient is doing, and not just start talking about yourself!
  14. 14. Emotions Share your feelings they are what make a personal letter personal You can share about 1. a lesson you learnt recently 2. something that made your happy or sad 3. your likes and dislikes.
  15. 15. Format & Style Write personal letters neatly and clearly Your recipient will not have a hard time figuring out your handwriting Organise your writing into paragraphs. This makes your letter easier to read and follow.
  16. 16. Format & Style Indent your paragraphs. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
  17. 17. ‘Connections’ Connect with your recipient by 1. Respond to his or her questions or concerns (from his or her previous letter) 2. Invite a response from him or her
  18. 18. Salutation To show… warmth and friendliness affection a lot of affection you can use… Dear Aunt Gaga, Hello Uncle Bieber My dear Beyonce Dearest Dad My dearest Aunt Lucy
  19. 19. Introduction Examples 1. How are you? It’s been a long while since we’ve met! I hope you’re fine. 2. How is everything? Good, I hope! Your letter was a pleasant surprise. Thank you very much.
  20. 20. Useful phrases for your Introduction How are you? How are things with you? How’s life treating you? Are you well? Are you and your family doing fine? What have you been up to? Survived your examinations? I have not heard from you for months. Are you okay? Still alive and kicking?
  21. 21. 1. Body Paragraphs Thoughts about recent local news. 2. Your recipient favourite movies, sports, actors or actresses 3. Your new skill or an interesting fact 4. Your recipient’s opinions
  22. 22. Closure Express your personal wishes Send greetings to related people Suggest meetings soon Prompt for response
  23. 23. Complimentary Close A short expression that comes after the last paragraph and before the signature. Examples Love, With much Kind love, regards, Yours truly, Take care,
  24. 24. Postscript (P.S.) A short note at the bottom of the letter P.S. I still have the book you lent me last year. I’ve decided not to return to you.
  25. 25. Last but not least, Check your 1. Spelling 2. Grammar 3. Fragment
  26. 26. A Fragment An incomplete sentence. Fragment After you arrived. The boy who like cakes Which belongs to my father. Ate the apple pies

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