Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.
Are you a first-year or second-year student at Central University? Would you like to learn a language this summer?
Central University offers funding of up to £800 each for five students to go overseas and study English, Spanish, French, German or Chinese.* You can use the grant to pay for accommodation, travel expenses and tuition fees.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Courses must be full time in July or August and for a minimum of two weeks.
From: Merry Yi
Subject: Summer travel grant
I'm writing to express my interest in the summer travel grant that was advertised in this month's university magazine.
I am a second-year student and I am planning to study English in New York for three weeks in July. I would like to apply for the travel grant to help me with my expenses.
Could you please send me further details, including how to apply and when the application deadline is?
I look forward to hearing from you.
- If you don't know the person's name when writing a formal email, you can start it Dear Sir/Madam.
- Your email should have three short main paragraphs:
- What you are interested in
- Why you're interested
- Any questions you have.
- I look forward to hearing from you is a good way to close an email if you want a reply.
- Regards is a semi-formal, respectful way to end an email. It is common in professional emails too.
There are several videos in the Speaking skills sections of LearnEnglish Teens that you might find useful, and I'd also recommend our Word on the Street and Britain is GREAT video series. They contain quite a lot of video of people interacting in a wide variety of contexts.
I hope you find these useful and have a great trip!
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team