Informal vs. Formal writing

25 Jul

A very important skill when learning a foreign language is to be able to express yourself when writing. Connected to this, it is essencial to know when it is appropiate to write using formal writing rules, and when to use informal writing rules. I found these two powerpoints, which I really like, that explain very well the differences between the formal and the informal writing and when it is more suitable to use each type of writing when it comes to letters or emails.

 

Informal writing:

 

Formal writing:  

 

To practice what has been seen, there are a few online exercises that will be very useful to make sure the knowledge is being acquired:

1) http://www.parapal-online.co.uk/exercises/multichoice.swf?address=general//form_m

2) http://www.parapal-online.co.uk/exercises/complaint_c.html

3) http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/reading/3r8-formal-informal-letter.php

4) http://www.examenglish.com/PET/PET_writing.htm

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