Monday, 14 January 2013

Unit 1 Formal Letters Reflection Qns

Dear all

Pls reflect on the following question and post your response as a comment. Thanks.

    1. Why do we write formal letters?
    2. How has technology affected written correspondence?
    3. In your opinion, is there such a thing as ‘formal email’? If your answer is ‘yes’, give an example of a situation/context where you will write a ‘formal email’.

Ms Sng


  1. 1) to complaint or report an incident
    2)they receive the mail fast
    3)yes, an example of an situation where i would write an formal email is when the service of a place is bad

  2. 1. These letters are necessary when you are trying to communicate a message to someone you do not personally know or is of higher authority than you depending on the context. They are necessary to show your sincerity and to be more polite.
    2. It has changed the way we communicate: through emails, posts, comments, chats, messages, phone calls, etc. The fast paced world of today and the simplicity and crudeness of a click of a button to call or email somebody has made us more lazy to write proper letters through the different technological methods as any missing information can be easily added as another comment or message, making us feel very relaxed and normal when sending something and therefore the content of the letter also diminishes as times go by, with things such as emoticons and short form words and even spelling errors coming up in almost all the messages we upload everyday, a serious mistake our would have previous generation would have considered if you sent a letter in their time with such poor quality.
    3. Yes, there could be such a thing. It can be very possible in the business world of today as sending a letter would take a lot longer for the recipient, namely your boss, to receive it while with such technological advancements such as email’s can greatly speed up the receiving process, allowing your boss to consent or deny your proposal as quickly as possible. But, one must remember that you are writing to your boss, and he has the ability to kick you out of the company if he deems you disrespectful to him or your proposal full of loopholes because of your sloppy writing, so the same amount of effort can be placed into writing a formal email as a formal letter and even better, get your reply quickly. You don’t even need to know your boss’s address to write a letter to him.

  3. 1) We write formal letters if the recipient is of higher authority and that we acknowledge of his/her authority by writing formally and politely.
    2)The recipient will receive the 'letter' more quickly with technology.
    3) Yes, there is such a thing. For instance, a person is sick and therefore, has missed out of what was taught that day. The person would write a formal email to his/her teacher to ask about what he left out on.

  4. 1. We write formal letters to people of higher authority.
    2. Technology allow faster communication
    3. Yes. You would write a formal email to the principal complaining about a teacher.

  5. 1) We write formal letters to a person of higher position or a person whom you do not know. Formal letters are also for reports regarding issues that are not personal (e.g. complains, reports etc.)
    2) Technology enables us to receive written correspondence quickly within minutes unlike the past years where we have to wait a few days for a written letter. Technology also corrects all your english errors in the letter/email you are writing.
    3) Yes. For example, you witnessed an incident where people drew graffiti on school walls, you would write a formal letter which reports what you haven seen and so on, to the principal of the school.

  6. 1) We write formal letters to people of higher authority or position, or to people whom you do not know or not know well.

    2) Nowadays, most people have taken to typing emails instead of writing letters as it is very convenient and fast.

    3) I feel that there is such things as formal emails as emails are a lot like letters, such as the format.

    1. 3) I would write a formal email when I am not familiar with the person whom I am addressing the email to.

  7. We write formal letters to address people of higher authority or whom we do not know well.

    Technology has made writing emails by typing much faster, easier and more convenient than writing by hand.

    I think there are such things as formal letters. If you are writing a complaint to lets say a restaurant manager, you do not write like you would to a friend as that may be offending to the recipient, so that is when writing formal letters fits in well.

  8. 1. We write formal letters so as to show the sender respect as they are usually people of higher authority.

    2. With technology, lesser people write with pen and paper as they rather use emails or messages to communicate. This way, it is much more convenient and the recipient can immediately send back messages without having to wait.

    3. Yes, I think there is such thing as a 'formal email'.In short, 'formal email' is an email where you send an email in the formal stranded, following the same style of writing a formal letter. We would use such letters when we want to report an incident or make enquiries about something and our target audience is someone who has higher authority than us.

  9. 1. We write formal letters because we do not want to offend the receiver.
    2. Technology has affected in a way such that people use slangs, short forms more often than actually spelling out the full word.
    3.There is such thing as 'formal email' . An example is that we would write a formal email if like we would like to apply for a job and we need to send the resumes and slips to a company, then we will use a formal letter.

  10. 1. We write formal letters to apply for something, to apologise or to change an appointment or meeting with a person of higher athority than us.

    2. Technology has shortened the waiting time for letters to be received rather than by written mail

    3. Yes, where the English is all proper English and word that are not offending

  11. 1. We write formal letters to communicate to the other party gently , trying not to offend him or her and showing them respect.
    2. With the technology that the world has now. We can recieve the mails within minutes or even seconds. It would be a faster , better and more convinient way to communicate,
    3.Yes , for example i want to communicate with a person higher authority than me example Mr chua , then i would have to use a formal way of writing a mail.

  12. 1.We write formal letters to people of higher authority whom you do not know personally.
    2.Technology has allowed us to send mail much faster than before.
    3.Yes there is such a thing for example if I were to send an email to the manager of a store I would be direct and polite

  13. We Normally write formal letters to strangers or some who is of higher authority.
    Technology has affected us to use email more often than we write to someone.
    Yes, it is when i have to ask for extension for a performance task or any work.

  14. We write formal letters for formal matters to show respect and to be polite and not sound too rude. It also gives feeling of importance in the letter.
    Technology has affected us as we use email move than handwritten letters.
    I think there is such thing as a formal email. An example is when I have to email my teacher when I have a question to ask them regarding a project.

  15. 1.we write formal letter as some words and characteristics used in informal writing would be too rude.
    2. technology have allowed us to send more emails to others than letters.

  16. 1-We write formal letters as it is rude and offending to the receiver whom you do not know very well.
    2-Technology has affected written correspondence with acronyms and shortening words such as "l8r" or adding smiley faces when we end our speech.
    3- No as it is just the matter of being more polite and less friendly with the receiver.

  17. 1. We write formal letters as informality is normally reserved for friends and people you know personally, whereas formal letters are polite letters to leave an impression on the other party.
    2. Through technology, the idea of writing to another person has changed. You are able to write to another party without serious consequence, as the other party is on the other side of the screen. This gives users of the Internet more 'courage', so they dare to write what they would never do in letters. So, formality is becoming less common on the Internet, particularly with youth.
    3. Yes, however, it is uncommon. This would normally only appear when a person is writing to another party that they have never spoken to prior.

  18. 1.We write formal letters to communicate with people of higher ranking/status.Most of the time,we write formal letters to issue complaints, or send a resume for an interview.
    2.With current technology,people can now write/send emails faster and have an easier conversation,without having to wait for each other to send each other.
    3.Yes,we write formal emails to teachers/people of higher ranking/status.I would send a 'formal email' when I have something to enquire of someone of higher status.

  19. 1) We write formal letters wen we comunicate with people with higher authority .
    2)With today's technology we are able to communicate with each other faster
    3) Yes, a formal email is just like a formal letter instead its an email

  20. 1. We write formal letters to communicate with people whom we don't know for business matters.
    2. It has made them much less used.
    3. Yes. An example is writing a formal email to talk about school matters.