Intermediate Writing, Spring, Week 13

This is week 13 of the English writing class.

ESL Writing Class

Attendance and review (5)

Last week

  • hypothesis, argument and abductive reasoning
  • health and wealth writing assignment

Writing Assignments Thus far

  1. analysis and evaluation of the electric car TV advertisement – argument and warrants
  2. alligator river (who is the best and worst person) – argument and warrants
  3. murder mystery – inquiry method
  4. live small analysis and evaluation
  5. health and wealth writing analysis


  • Week 13: May 24 and 26 – last new assignment, how to write an email, book report due, quiz #2, complete before and after assignment
  • Week 14: May 31 and June 2 – class (last day to hand in writing for feedback)
  • Week 15: June 7 last class (exam review)
  • Week 16: June 9 FRI and 14 WED no classes (make up week)
  • Week 17: June 16 – final exam

Schedule this week

Hour 1 Email Writing

Overview (5)

The purpose of this lesson is to help students write professional emails. This simple writing skill is vital for students who need to communicate with international professionals, either at school or in business.

Just about every email – in the professional world – is about two things:

  1. Giving information
  2. Asking for something

Email is fast, which is good. But you have to write for people who read quickly as well. That means:

  1. be clear (few mistakes)
  2. be brief (not too wordy, no extra information).

The tone of a business email is important (e.g. the impression people get about you when they read your message).

Emails should be polite. But unlike a business letter, an email does not usually have to be really polite.

Basic Rules

Use PAS: Purpose, Action, Salutation.

  • start should say the PURPOSE; why you are writing.
  • message should have clear ACTION: are you giving information or asking for something?
  • close with a SALUTATION, a polite way to say goodbye.


  • If your message has an attachment, add one sentence to say that.
  • Use white space. Usually, 2 lines per paragraph. This makes the message easy to scan and read.

Examples of bad email writing (10)

Structure of an email message (10)

Writing Assignment (5)

  • role play writing exercise (you work in a major phone store)
  • read the email message from me
  • use the specs on the page to prepare your answer
  • write a long email message (i.e. subject, etc) with a compare and contrast analysis
  • use the inquiry method (question, observation, warrant and conclusion)
  • not sure how to write a compare and contrast analysis? Click here to read two different styles.

Hour 2 and 3

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