Teaching Writing Informal Letters

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Introduction……………………………………………………………………………2 Chapter I. General notion of writing………………………………………………….3 1.1.Writing skills……..………………………………………………………3 1.2. The importance of effective writing skills……..………………………..6 1.3. Informal writing………………………………………………...……….7 1.4. Letter writing……..……………………………………………………...9 1.5. Different types of letters……………………..…………………………11 Chapter II.Teaching writing informal letters…………………………………………13 2.1. Informal letters……..…………………………………………………..13 2.2. Writing informal letter………...……………………………………….13 2.3. Types of informal letters………………………………...……………..20 2.4. Exercises for teaching writing informal letters……………...............25 Conclusions…………………………………………………………………………32 References……………………………………………………………………………33

Introduction
The theme which is under analysis in the given course paper is ‘Teaching writing informal letters’. The main specialization of the work was informal writing and writing of the informal letters in particular. To achieve the goal of the work the following objectives were: 1.To describe the importance of the writing skills;

2.To show the peculiarities of the informal writing;
3.To analyze the process of teaching writing informal letters; 4.To classify types of informal letters.
Writing style is the manner in which a writer chooses among different strategies to address an issue and an audience. A style reveals the writer's personality or voice, but it also shows how he or she sees the audience of the writing. The writing style reveals the choices the writer makes in syntactical structures, diction, and figures of thought. Similar questions of style exist in the choices of expressive possibilities in speech. There are two main types of writing: formal and informal.

Informal writing is the relaxed use of language to make a message sound more casual, personal, familiar, friendly or direct. Informal writing often includes colloquialisms and slang. It may also have capital letters and punctuation marks used in ways that are not serious or formal. Letters are common form of text, letter writing is one of the most pervasive literary activities in human society, letter writing crosses in itself formal and informal types of writing. An informal letter is a way of communicating between two people (sometimes more) who are usually well acquainted. There are many uses and reasons for writing an informal (personal) letter, but usually informal letters will consist of the topics on a personal level.

Chapter I. General notion of writing
1.1.Writing skills
Writing is detached from the wide range of expressive possibilities in speech. A writer is unable to exploit all the devices available to a speaker: gesture, body movement, facial expression, pitch and tone of the voice, stress and hesitations. A speaker can backtrack, or clarify and revise ideas as listeners question or disagree. A writer has to compensate for all of these disadvantages. Jeremy Harmer mentioned that: “Compared with speech, effective writing requires a number of things: a high degree of organization in the development of the ideas and information; a high degree of accuracy so that there is no ambiguity of meaning; the use of complex grammatical devices for focus and emphasis; and careful choice of vocabulary, grammatical patterns, and sentence structures to create a style which is appropriate to the subject matter and the eventual readers.” [5;57] Writing has been a neglected area of English language teaching for some years. It is only recently, however, that research into writing has offered thought-provoking ideas about what good writers do, ideas which hold implications for teachers who wish to help their students to become good writers. In the absence of well established or widely recognized model of writing, teachers tend to have very varying ideas about the role of writing in the classroom, what...
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