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  • 8/11/2019 13-Using Formal and Informal Language


  • 8/11/2019 13-Using Formal and Informal Language


    Tertiary Education Commission Teaching Adults to Listen and Speak to Communicate: Using the Learning Progressions

    Follow-up activity

    Make a continuum to show the range of formality

    from casual talking through to formal writing. Copy

    the chart below and cut it up to make a set of cards.

    Make a line across a table or the wall or oor and

    write slang at one end and formal writing on

    the other. Leave the rest of the line blank and ask

    learners to place the cards on the line according

    to how informal or formal the speaking or writing

    represented on the card would be. They will need

    to spend time discussing the placements and

    changing positions as they share their ideas and


    Use track 3 on the CD to discuss the many examples

    of informal or alternative language use. It may be

    helpful to have the transcript on hand as you do

    this: see Appendix F for details on how to obtain

    transcripts for the CD tracks.

    Phone a friend Write a shopping list Place an order for materials Write a prole on theinternet

    Apply for a job Write a text message Buy something online Write a report

    Email to family Write an assignment Leave a phone message

    to make an appointment

    Share a joke with mates

    Give instructions at work Explain a procedure Describe an accident at


    Make a speech or


    Introduce yourself at a


    Discuss sport with friends Meet new partners family Email a tutor to ask about

    an assignment