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How To Write a Letter of Permission (Formal Letter)


Posted on October 13, 2016 GracePosted in Writing

Today Id like to discuss about How To Write a FORMAL LETTER to ask for
PERMISSION.
Before that, for FORMAL LETTER, what you/your students need to know:

1. There is a FORMAT.

2. Use PRESENT TENSE. (in some cases, past tense form will
be required, however, if you are dealing with weak
students, you want to avoid it. Thus, the present tense
approach)

3. Popular questions: PERMISSION, COMPLAINT,


APPLICATION.

4. Useful sentences:

On behalf of the ___________, I am writing this letter to_______________.


I hope you can consider this.
I hope you can take (immediate/prompt) actions.
Please contact me at 01-2345678.
Thank you for your cooperation. I hope to receive your reply soon.

All right. Lets start!

Step 1: Read the QUESTION


Many students dont realise the importance of reading the question as clear as
possible. This will help you in your answer and help you to write better.
Sample question:

Underlining the keywords(kata kunci) will help you. Make sure you understand
everything the question asks for. Now you can go ahead to write your letter.

Step 2: Know Your Format.


Every formal letter comes in the same format. You need to know this:
Step 3: Give a title
You can normally get this from the question. So dont go wasting your time for a very
cool title. Your content actually matters more(isi lebih penting)!


Just take it form the question and move on to the real writing.

Step 4: Use the standard INTRODUCTION

On behalf of the ___________, I am writing this letter to_______________.

You can always start the first sentence of a formal letter like this. Again, you can get
ideas from the question.
On behalf of> bagi pihak.
I am writing this letter to/for > Saya menulis surat ini untuk


Step 5: Give details: Date, Time, Number of
People.
Whether or not the question ask for these details, it is always good to provide some
information to prove that you know what youre doing.

Step 6: Give 2-3 Reasons+Examples: Why do you


want that? For example?
Use connecting words(Penandawacana):

First of all/Firstly/First and foremost -pertama sekali


Secondly yang kedua
Next seterusnya
Besides/other than that/not only that- selain itu
Also dan juga
Selepas itu- after that
Lastly/Last but not least/Finally- Akhirnya/Yang terakhir
In conclusion- kesimpulannya
Step 7: Use the standard Wrap-up (penutup)

I hope you can consider this.

I hope you can take (immediate/prompt) actions.

Please contact me at 01-2345678.

Thank you for your cooperation. I hope to receive your reply soon.

The way to end a formal letter is often similar:

1. You have to tell them you hope they can think about your request,
2. ask them to reply you as soon as possible,
3. leave your contact number,
4. and say thank you to them.
Step 8: Check your work
You SHOULD always check your work after you finish writing. Check your format,
check you tenses, check your spelling, anything. A simple read through will also
help!
*Know that you should go ahead to write longer if you are able to. However, if you
think you are weak , this is a good writing to start with.
I hope this helps you.
Happy Learning, Happy Teaching.

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1. Lieviya says:

March 21, 2017 at 5:28 pm

It is realy very helpful


Thank you very much.

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Posted on April 20, 2017 GracePosted in Writing
No body writes informal letter anymore. Yes, that may be true. But, you might need
this one day when you the internet breaks down during the zombie apocalypse
era. Who knows?
Here are some simple steps to help you and your learners to produce a simple piece
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STEP 1: Write the address and the date.

STEP 2: Dear ___________,

STEP 3: Start with Greetings.

1. If you want to make things simple, hop over to check out our How to Start and
End 3(j) article. You could literally use the same sentences in any informal letter
writing.
2. Before you move to your first point, you need to state the reason you write the
letter. (you can find from the question)
STEP 4: Build your content

I recommend you to have 1 paragraph for 1 point.


For a start, I recommend you to go with these steps CPEE

STEP 5: Pen off

Like any letter, you will have to say goodbye.


STEP 6: Sign off.
EASY-
INTERMEDIATE
INTERMEDIATE-HIGH
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Today, we will talk about the steps to write an ARTICLE.


For an ARTICLE, here are what you/your students need to know:

1. There is a FORMAT.

2. Use PRESENT TENSE. (in some cases, past tense form will
be required, however, if you are dealing with weak
students, you want to avoid it. Thus, the present tense
approach)

3. UNDERSTAND step 4.

All right. Lets start!

Step 1: Read the QUESTION


Many students dont realise the importance of reading the question as clear as
possible. This will help you in your answer and help you to write better.
Sample question:

Underlining the keywords(kata kunci) will help you. Make sure you understand
everything the question asks for. Now you can go ahead to write your article.

Step 2: Know Your Format.


Every article comes in the same format. You need to know this:

Always take your title from the question. Dont go wasting your time to think of a new
title.

Step 3: Write your INTRODUCTION


Once you got the format right. Now you need to figure out what you need for your
essay. The first thing you need is an introduction.
How to start your introduction? There are 3 ways:

1. Define your topic (what is internet?) memberi definisi tajuk.


2. Give your own opinions about the topic (why internet? what can people do with
internet? etc. USE ALL YOUR WH- questions) memberi pandangan sendiri
mengenai tajuk yang diberi.
3. Talk about news related to your topics (E.g.: according to the New Straight
Times, 5 millions people have access to the internet.) bincang tentang fakta
yang diambil dari surat khabar/orang yang terkenal. (buat-buat pun boleh)

And then : Tell your reader what are the main points that you are going to discuss.
Take what you can from the questions.

You can pick only one of the above to write your introduction:
(define)

1. The Internet is a global network that connects millions of computer around the
world. There are many advantages that we can get from the Internet. Among all,
the three most important advantages are to provide information, connect with
other people, and act as a form of entertainment.

(Opinion)

2. The Internet has changed the world rapidly in the past ten to twenty years. We
use Internet very often in life because it is very convenient. We can get all the
information we want in just a few clicks. There are many advantages that we
can get from the Internet. Among all, the three most important advantages are
to provide information, connect with other people, and act as a form of
entertainment.

(news)

3. According to the New Straight Times, more than 190 countries in the world have
access to the Internet now while about 80% of the Malaysians have access to
the Internet. There are many advantages that we can get from the Internet.
Among all, the three most important advantages are to provide information,
connect with other people, and act as a form of entertainment.

or
Mix them up :
The Internet is a global network that connects millions of computer around the world.
It has changed the world rapidly in the past ten to twenty years. We use the Internet
very often in life because it is very convenient. We can get all the information we want
in a blink of an eye. According to the New Straight Times, more than 190 countries in
the world have access to the Internet now while about 80% of the Malaysians have
access to the Internet. There are many advantages that we can get from the Internet.
Among all, the three most important advantages are to provide information, connect
with other people, and as a form of entertainment.

Step 4: Connecting word + Main Point


After you have listed the advantages, now is the time to write your content. It is
important to use CONNECTING WORDS to help you arrange your thoughts and
ideas.
Use connecting words(Penandawacana):

First of all/Firstly/First and foremost -pertama sekali


Secondly yang kedua
Next seterusnya
Besides/other than that/not only that- selain itu
Also dan juga
After that- selepas itu
Lastly/Last but not least/Finally- Akhirnya/Yang terakhir
In conclusion- kesimpulannya

*You must also remember this: 1 paragraph > 1 main point

Here is how you can arrange your ideas:


Step 5: Repeat step 4 for Main Point 2

Step 6: Repeat step 4 for Main Point 3

Step 7: If asked to add in one more main point


(on your own) Repeat step 4 for Main Point 4
(if irrelevant, skip this step)

Step 8: Conclusion
CONCLUSION is a summary of what you have written.
For weak students, conclusion is simply repeating what they write in the
INTRODUCTION with a little bit of changes.
The Internet is useful for all of us. We can get many benefits if we use it. As
discussed above, the Internet can provide us more information. It also helps
us to connect with many people like friends and family. Not only that, we can
use it as a form of entertainment. We should appreciate and make full use of
the Internet.

Step 9: Check your work


You SHOULD always check your work after you finish writing. Check your format,
check you tenses, check your spelling, anything. A simple read through will also
help!
Here are two versions for your reference:
*Know that you should go ahead to write longer if you are able to. However, if you
think you are weak , start with shorter sentences for every step. You will still be able
to come up with something great!
I hope this helps you.
Happy Teaching , Happy Learning.

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Posted on November 2, 2016 GracePosted in Writing

This is something Ive been doing with my learners and I have seen tremendous
results in the past two years! It works extremely well with low-intermediate level. If
you remember the chunking techniques back in the ELT school days, this is
definitely it!
Its as simple as drag and drop.
I normally introduce them a cycle when answering this part of the question. (which i
might discuss in another entry). There are two important elements here: OPENING &
ENDING.
I want to give our learners some ready-packed openings and endings so that they
could simply drag and drop or make slight adjustments later on. However, I also
dont want to kill their creativity so I always provides several options and difficulties to
them, depending on how much they can take in.
To this date, my learners have used these useful phrases/sentences in their writing
and its helped them to see that they too can produce something. (Extremely
important realisation for them in my opinion!) And more importantly, they have shown
great progress.
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OPENING ENDING

1. in the pink 1. pen off


Berhenti menulis/
Sihat/
e.g: I hope you are in the e.g.: I need to pen off
pink. now.

2. I have bigger fish


2. fit as a fiddle. to fry.
Saya ada hal yang
Sangat sihat/
lebih penting/
e.g.: I have got bigger fish
e.g.: I hope youre fit as a
fiddle. to fry, I need to get my
homework done before
my mother comes back.

3. over the moon 3. drop me a line.


sangat gembira/ hantar mesej,nota/
e.g. I am over the moon to e.g.: Remember to drop
know that youre coming to me a line when you have
Malaysia. time.

4. wait around the


4. around the corner
clock.
e.g.: The examination is Dekat/ Menunggu/
e.g.: Ill be waiting
around the corner, I hope
around the clock for your
you are ready.
reply my friend.

the translations may not be precise, I tried my best to keep the meaning as close
as possible.
After I introduce these words to them. I normally show them how to arrange them in
their answers:
OPENING
OPTION A:
Hi, how are you? I hope you are in the pink. I am over the moon because you are
coming.
OPTION B:
Hi, hows it going? I hope you are fit as fiddle. I am over the moon to know that you
are coming to Sarawak.
OPTION C:
Hello, how are you? I hope you are fit as fiddle. Holiday is around the corner. I am
over the moon as I can spend my time watching The Walking Dead.
OPTION D:
(I think youve got the hang of it. yea?) Mix and match. Simple or complex. However
you like.
ENDING
OPTION A:
Okay. I think I need to pen off now. Drop me a line when you have time. Bye.
OPTION B:
Okay, I think i need to pen off now. I have bigger fish to fry. See you soon my friend!
Goodbye!
OPTION C:
Okay, I need to pen off now. My mother is calling. Dont forget to drop me a line as I
will be waiting around the clock for your reply. Take care. Bye!

*Just remember to help learners work from the basic ones, and gradually move to
the more complex ones. They will be able to come out with something later on.
Once they can write this confidently, they will only have to focus on the content after
this.
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1. IsyrahNabiha says:

January 15, 2017 at 11:55 am

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Hi Grace, do u hv anything on form 3 novel, We did not mean to go to the Sea?

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Here are 8 idioms/phrases that you can use to


describe someone. Use them in your writing to
give it a WOW effect!
PERSONALITIES

POSITIVE NEGATIVE

1. Apple of (my) eye 1. Couch potato


An apple of your eye is a person who you A couch potato is a lazy person who are always
love very much. sitting down or lying down. They like watching
TV, playing games. They dont like to do any
physical activities.
My grandma always says I am the apple of
her eye.
Mary loves the new drama so much. She is now
a couch potato as she only stays at home and watch
TV.

2. worrywart
2. Down to earth

A worrywart is someone who worries all the time


A person who is down-to-earth is not a and sometimes overdoing it.
dreamer; they are humble, practical, sensible,
and realistic. Mary is such a worrywart that she wouldnt let her
son to join his school trip to climb the Mount
Mary has many friends because she is down Kinabalu.
to earth.

3. has a quick temper


3. happy-go-lucky

Someone who has a quick temper gets angry very


A happy-go-lucky person is someone who is
fast and easily.
always cheerful and full of joy.
Mary has a quick temper when someone says
something she does not like she will raise her voice
Mary is a happy-go-lucky person, everyone in to them.
the class loves her.

4. stubborn as a mule
4. whiz kid.
Someone who is stubborn as a mule does not like
A whiz kid is someone young, talented and to listen to reason or advice. It is hard to make
successful at doing something. them change their mind.
Mary is a whiz kid as she is already a student
at the university at the age of 15.
Mary has been coughing for two weeks now but
she refuses to see a doctor. She is as stubborn as a
mule!

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