Title Letter Writing
Subject Area English and Communications Project
Specific Topic Forms of Written Communication
Description Students use Word and E-mail to communicate in different ways appropriate to their audience
Age Range 16 years +
Expected Learning Outcomes Students will learn about the differing requirements for communicating formally and informally and present their message in the most appropriate manner.
Relevance to Curriculum LCA English and Communications Module 1
Unit 1NCVA Foundation Level
Communications GF0001S.L.O. 5.2
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Work is prepared on the PC. E-mails are sent, letters are printed for posting.

 

Pre-requisites Students need to discuss and understand the difference between formal and informal letter writing. They need to appreciate the vocabulary appropriate to each and to practice appropriate layout and greetings for each context.
Research Management Students work individually at the PC. Formal letters requesting work experience or information will need to have correct mailing addresses and be proofread by the teacher prior to posting. Photocopies need to be kept for evidence.Teachers' will need to have access to e-mail addresses to which students can send mail (open up a webmail account, I wouldn't advise giving teenagers your home e-mail!). Print outs need to be kept for evidence.Free web mail addresses are readily available. I use www.ireland.com Your service provider will also provide you with one and they are now available at www.into.ie
Evaluation Although a fairly mundane use of computers, the ability to layout and write a letter is an important communications skill, relevant to everyday life. The PC has made editing and re-drafting less tedious and eased presentation problems. The students particularly enjoyed using e-mail and used the discussion to introduce me to the most modern form of written communication - mobile phone text messages! I feel a nu lssn pln cmng up!!!
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