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Before beginning a new unit in Business English, I give my students an activity to explore their reaction towards a situation similar to the ones they will be studying. The following ones I have done with my groups:
1. Direct Request: Writing a letter to a genie asking for three wishes
2. Good-news: Writing to inform that the reader has won $25,000
3. Bad-news: Telling a friend that the car borrowed was stolen
4. Persuasive: Asking Mr. Scrooge (of A CHRISTMAS CAROL) for a loan to start a new business

These exploration activities help to break the ice before discussing in details the theory and the different organizational patterns used to write effective messages. Try them, and let me know the results!

Carmen Milagros Torres
Maunabo, Puerto Rico
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