● Emoticons: Symbols you can type that show how you feel
● Examples: :) ;-) :(
● Context: Background information that provides greater explanation
● Formal: More serious
● Informal: More relaxed
● Tone: The writer’s attitude toward the reader
Read the following statements out loud. Notice how the tone of each sentence changes due to the use of capitalization and punctuation.
a. I was waiting for you before class yesterday, and you didn’t show up.
b. I WAS WAITING FOR YOU BEFORE CLASS YESTERDAY, AND YOU DIDN’T SHOW UP!!!
Which situations require a formal (professional) e-mail and which call for an informal e-mail?
Inviting your close friend out to dinner
Asking your instructor for clarification about the grade you received on a test
Making a complaint about the bad service you received at a local store
Asking your family members for their help in planning a family reunion
Requesting an appointment with a college counselor who you have never met
Asking a previous employer for a letter of reference for a job that you’re applying for
Read the following e-mail with your partner. Identify the problems with this e-mail. Open up a blank Microsoft Word document on your computer. Re-write the e-mail so that it is an effective, professional e-mail.
Hey teacher. So I got my test back and I can’t believe you gave me a C-. I was so very serprised because I HAVE BEEN DOING SO WELL IN CLASS! Maybe it’s cause I couldn’t study as much as I wanted bcuz my daughter was sick the weekend before the test. :( I couldn’t concintrate!!! It was terrible, she had a very bad fever and was coughing so bad that I had to take her to the doctor. We waited TWO HOURS at the doctors office!!!!! I wanted very much to study but I had to take care of my daughter. Do you know what I mean? BTW, I want to come see you in the English lab tomorrow so you can tell me how I can improve. I hope you will be there tomm. I will be there. I need all the help I can get!!!! :) :-)
P.S. I need a copy of the handout that you gave in class on Thursday.