Aim: understand and write a formal
letter asking for information.
1. Read the following formal letter and
pay attention to the way it is structured:
Urgell, 54 08007
16 May 2001
21 Byron Ave.
Hampshire SO22 5AT
I saw your advertisement for a language course in the Heathrow
Traveller Magazine and I would like some more details about your
programme. Could you tell me how many students there are in the
groups and how long the course are?
Another matter I need information on is the location of the school.
I would like to know how far it is from London and how to get to
London on public transport.
I would appreciate it if you could advice me how much it costs
and how long it takes. I would also like some clarification about
the accommodation. Do the host family provide meals?. Also, is it
possible to use the telephone in the house?
Finally, I would be grateful if you could forward me your price
list and brochure.
Many thanks for your assistance.
A formal letter is divided into different
components. Read the following components:
- Person or company you are sending
the letter to
- Complimentary close
- Your address
- Statement of who is writing and
the purpose of the letter
- Giving and asking further information
- Address of the recipient of the
- Ending paragraph
- Signature block
As you can see, they are not in the order
they should appear in a letter. Order them in the following
Now that you know all the components,
order all the parts of this letter:
Look at the Salutations
and Complimentary closes in the letter
above and letter
2 and answer the following questions:
- What conclusion can you draw from these