English Writing Exercises for A1 – An email

Preparation

1. Complete phrases 1-8 with the words below.

for     from     of     soon     things     to (x2)     wishes

1 Give love ____________ your parents.

2 Thanks ____________ your email.

3 That’s all ____________ me.

4 Best ____________,

5 How are ____________?

6 Lots ____________ love,

7 Say ‘Hi’ ____________ your sister.

8 I hope to see you ____________

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1 to   2 for   3 from   4 wishes   5 things   6 of   7 to   8 soon

Writing Strategy

There are certain expressions that are used to begin and end an informal email, like Dear ___ and Best wishes ___ But emails usually include a few other ‘social phrases’ near the beginning and end. These make the email sound more natural and friendly.

2. Read the Writing Strategy. Then choose three phrases from exercise 1 to complete the email below. (More than one answer is possible.)

To: james@email.com

Hi James,

1 _____ I hope you and your family are well. What are you doing at the moment? I’m trying to finish homework, butso it’s taking a long time!

How about meeting in town one day soon? I want to try the new café on Market Street because mum says it’s very good. We can go there after school becauseor meet for lunch one Saturday.

I’m going to Ava’s barbecue next Saturday. Are you going too? It’s at her house. I’m helping her with the preparations becauseso I’m arriving early. I hope I see you there!

2 _____ I have to get things ready for tomorrow morning. Please write soon!

3 _____

Holly

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1 How are things? / Thanks for your email.

2 That’s all from me.

Best wishes / Give love to your parents. / Say ‘Hi’ to your sister. / Lots of love

3. Circle the correct linking words in the email.

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but, or, so

4. Complete the sentences with the correct linking words below. Sometimes more than one answer is possible.

and      because      but      or       so

I’m tired ________ I want to go to bed.

I’d like to go out this evening, ________ I can’t.

I can speak English ________ mum’s from France.

Let’s go to the newsagent’s ________ buy a newspaper.

Do you want to eat at home ________  go to a restaurant?

name’s Lisa ________  I’m your new penfriend.

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1 and / so   2 but   3 because   4 and   5 or   6 and

5. Read the task. In what order does Holly cover the three points in exercise 2? Number them 1-3.

Write an email to your friend in which you:

–  talk about a future arrangement.

–  suggest an activity to do together.

–  say what you are doing now.

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1 say what you are doing now

2 suggest an activity to do together

talk about a future arrangement

Writing Guide

6. Plan an email for the task in exercise 5. Make notes about:

a future arrangement.

 ________

 ________

a suggestion for an activity

 ________

 ________

your current activity

     _________

     _________

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your own answers

7. Write an email following your plan from exercise 6. (You can choose a different order for points 1-3). Include phrases from exercise 1.

Extra exercises

Strategy

When we write an email to a friend, we often use informal language, rather than formal language. Informal language includes contractions (I am = I’m), imperatives (Can you tell me ___ = Tell me ___ ) and informal vocabulary (thank you = thanks).

1. Read the Strategy. Then rewrite the sentences using more informal language.

Dear Chloe, ______________

I hope you are well. ______________

That is all from me. ______________

Can you call me next week? ______________

Goodbye for now. ______________

Can you ask your parents? ______________

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1 Hi / Hello

2 I hope you’re well.

That’s all from me.

Call me next week.

That’s all for now. / That’s all from me.

6 Ask your parents.

2. Write an informal email to a friend. Include the information below.

–  Thank your friend for his/her email.

–  Mention an event you’re organising at your school.

–  Describe the event.

–  Invite your friend to the event.

–  An appropriate ending.