5. How to write an informal letter.

Letter Writing - 3
Informal Letters
Letter Writing - 3
Informal Letters
Learning Objectives
• To learn an acceptable layout for an
Informal Letter.
• To learn a correct content structure for an
Informal Letter.
• To practice writing an Informal Letter.
Informal Letters- A suggested layout
Although this is an informal letter, there are still conventions that need
to be observed, even though the ‘rules’ are not as strict..
Your address is usually on the right
Your Name
Your Address
Your Town
Your Postcode
Your can use any salutation depending on how well you know the person.
Dear Jack, or Hiya Jack, or Wotcha Cuz
If the person you are writing to is a relative, it is polite to enquire about
the family first.
How are you and how’s Aunty Jean? I was sorry to hear that she’s not
been very well. Hope she’s feeling better soon. Mum sends her love to
her ‘twiny’ as well.
Informal Letters- A suggested layout
You should the begin to address the point of the letter. Again, because it
is an informal letter you can use non-standard words and terms.
However, if this is an exam question, remember the examiner has to be
able to understand what you mean.
I’m writing to find out if you had been able to decide yet if you and you
mum are able to come to Mum’s surprise 50th Birthday party. I’m writing
so you can keep this as a surprise for you mum too as it’s her birthday as
Come to a conclusion/call to action.
Give it some thought and give us a bell to let us know what you think as
soon as you can so we can start making arrangements.
Sign off
Yours Sincerely, (formal) Yours, Regards, Bye for now, (etc informal)
No need to print name as we assume that the person you are writing to
knows who you are.
Informal Letter Writing
You are considering going to a University in the USA or the UK and have a
cousin who is studying at a university in that country that you wish to
Write a letter to your cousin which asks their advice about studying in the
USA or UK. In your letter enquire about:
•How they are getting on.
•What you have heard about the University/why you want to go there.
•The quality of teaching at the university.
•Accommodation & living costs
•University sports and social facilities.
•What life is like living in that country.
•Anything else you feel may be of use.
Remember to set your letter out correctly and sign off at the end.

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