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Links to sites with material on register in English:
This is from the Learn.co.uk site by the Guardian: interactive, designed for UK schools:
http://www.learn.co.uk/default.asp?WCI=Unit&WCU=96

The State University of New York’s (SUNY) online writing guide on formal writing:
http://writingguide.geneseo.edu/form.shtml

This is from another ELT site. The author of the piece Alex Case is currently writing the
exams materials for onestopenglish.
http://www.developingteachers.com/articles_tchtraining/formal_letters_alex1.htm
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! onestopenglish 2002
Taken from the writing section in www.onestopenglish.com
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Read the following text and decide

i) Who is it written by?


ii) Who is it written for?
iii) It is an answer to a previous text. What was the first text about? What
did it ask for?
iv) Is the text written in formal or informal register? What makes you say
this?
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! onestopenglish 2002
Taken from the writing section in www.onestopenglish.com
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1. Exchange these vocabulary items for their more formal equivalents in the
text. The item in capitals has been done for you. (See “text to work on –
below)

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2. Exchange the following conjunctions in the text for their more informal
equivalents

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3. Are there any other vocabulary items you want to change to make the text
less formal?

4. In an informal piece of writing you may find abbreviations, for example


“income and expenditure” could be written “inc. and exp.”.
Make further changes to the text by abbreviating appropriate words.#

! onestopenglish 2002
Taken from the writing section in www.onestopenglish.com

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