Spm Essay Module

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SPM Essay

Directed Writing

Year 2011/ 2012

Informal Letters
Writing Letters the Right Way!
This week we will take a look at letter writing. Generally, students are taught to write two types of letters – formal letters and informal letters. Informal letters are easier to write in terms of format, language and tone. These letters are sometimes called social or friendly letters. Examples of informal letters include letters to family members and friends.

When writing an informal letter, remember to use the right format.

Format of Informal Letters:

use the most common salutation


include the writer’s address and
date in the upper right hand corner.
The date can be written in
different forms. (7th September
2009, 7 SEPTEMBER 2009
or 7.9.2009)


Dear _______,






________________________________________________________________________________________. include a suitable complimentary close. (Your loving daughter) Do not use ‘Regards’ as it is considered slightly more formal and distant.

Also, do not use ‘Best Wishes’ as this is considered inappropriate.

Reminder! – When you write an informal letter…
 Do not use slang words.
 Do not use words which are in a language other than English. This means you cannot write ‘Dear Abah’, or ‘Dear Amma’ even if that is how you address your parents. 

Do not sign off with ‘Love and Kisses’. Keep that for your personal letters.



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