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1. Letter Writing Activity: Transforming a personal letter about business affairs into a formal business letter.
Distribute to the class a personal letter about business affairs and have them work in groups of two or three to transform
the information in the letter into a formal business letter. You should give them an example or two of a formal letter as a guide.

Having learners convert texts from one genre to another will focus students' attention on the relationship between reader
and writer, the purpose of writing, and the difference between various vehicles of language.

There are several advantages to this type of activity: learners read authentic texts and they become aware of differences in genres.
Instead of a topic where each student has the freedom to choose content, these subjects are controlled by the
original text. Also, the whole class can work on the same text, albeit differently, and their finished products will provide various ways
of expressing the same issues.

Beth Droppleman
Lyon, France

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