Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.
- This is a formal request for time off, so unless you know the recipient very well, start your email with Dear ... .
- State the dates of your absence clearly.
- Be clear right from the beginning what it is you are asking for. In some cultures, it might be more common to start by providing full background information about why time off is needed. However, when communicating across cultures, it is better to be direct (but polite) and clear about what you are requesting, so as to avoid possible miscommunication.
- Give clear reasons why you need the time off, but don't go into too much unnecessary detail.
- Assure your manager that your work can be covered and that any problems during your absence can be dealt with.
- If possible, show how your company or team can benefit from your request being approved.
- End by thanking your manager for considering your request.