Writing – Part 2 Formal Letter Introduction

Writing – Part 2 Formal Letter Introduction

The student must write 140-190 words.

There are basically 3 types of letters:

  • Letter of complaint (formal)
  • Job application letter (formal)
  • Asking for information

Pete’s Hints and Tips

The Skeleton!!

I always passed all my exams at school and university with the ‘skeleton’ technique! Before the exam you already have the skeleton, so in the exam you only have to ‘add the meat’.

PART 2 – FORMAL LETTER (job application)

The student MUST write 140-190 words


Example of a formal job application letter

Dear Mr. Johnson,

I saw your advertisement in ­­­­…….and I am writing to enquire about the vacancy for a ……….

I am currently ………       I have been ……. for the last two years and ………

I am available to work at weekends and feel I would be suitable for this position. I enclose a recent photo with my C.V. and am available for interview.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

Yours Sincerely,



That’s 90 words of ‘skeleton’ already and you haven’t answered the question yet!

This means you have plenty of time to plan, write and check your letter. In fact, the meat is probably only 50%!!


PART 2 – WRITING A FORMAL LETTER (asking for information)

Dear Sir or Madam,

I saw your advertisement in the Times newspaper last week for Chinese courses in your school in London and I would be grateful if you could send me some more information.

First of all,

Another thing I would like to know is if …


Your faithfully,


More advice and suggestions

  • Don’t experiment in the exam. Do a lot of practice writings before the exam for your teacher to correct.
  • Use ambitious constructions and expressions ONLY if you are sure you know how to use them. Simple is usually beautiful.
  • Learn some nice structures to write stories but make sure your teacher has corrected them before the exam.
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