Topic: Writing

The resources on writing are designed to be integrated into our overall approach to grammar teaching, which is rooted firmly in the desire to link grammar to meaning. Grammatical concepts can be taught as decontextualised, abstract ideas - and are sometimes interesting to look at in this way - but are much more effective when placed in context. Many of our writing activities draw on relevant grammatical concepts - for example, adjectives in writing to describe, and modal auxiliary verbs in writing to persuade.

Formal and Informal Language

Lesson Plan

Goals:

  • Distinguish between formal and informal writing contexts
  • Identify which grammatical features create register
  • Apply these features in writing

Lesson Plan

The teacher explains that we don't speak and write the same way in all situations. Depending on who we're talking to and what the situation is, we change. This is called register.

Formal and Informal Language

Activities

Formal describes a more serious register. We use this for talking to people we don't know or who are in positions of authority. It is also used for talking to people older than us. It shows that we want to respect or impress the audience.

Informal describes a more relaxed register. We use this for talking to people we know well like friends and family. It is also used to talk to people the same age as us or younger. It shows that we feel comfortable with the audience.

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