TIP(5) TASK 1–The Opening Greeting of the Letter
Your letter will probably need to be a reasonably informal letter to a friend or a semi-formal letter. The opening Greeting of your letter should reflect on which one you are writing.
A friendly letter will open with Dear followed by a name which should then be followed by a comma, eg:
A semi-formal letter will also open with Dear and then be followed by a name, (if you decide that in the situation you would know the name) or by Sir (if it’s a man), Madam (if it’s a woman) or Sir/Madam if you don’t know,
Dear Mr. Phillips,
Dear Mrs. Phillips,
- The task of the general training module is to write a letter.
- You will be presented with a situation and you will need to write your letter explaining the situation or asking for information.
- The letter may be one of three types: A. Personal. B. Semi-Formal. C. Formal
- You would spend about 20 minutes on this task.
- Write at least 150 words.
- You do NOT need to write any addresses.
- Your lexis is basically your vocabulary,
- You’ll need to show that you know some less common words and be able to use them precisely.
- You can only make occasional errors in your word choice, word formation, and spelling. This means the majority need to be correct!
- You need to learn how to use the words correctly. Using lots of new words that you don’t know how to use properly could make your writing worse, so be careful! Only use words you know how to use properly.
Grammatical Range and Accuracy
- As will be clear from the title, this one is assessing your level of grammar. You will need to show you can use a wide range of sentence structures and have a high level of accuracy.
- You need to have frequent error-free sentences. In other words, the majority of your sentences can’t have grammar errors.