Email- Opening & Closing Jigsaw Puzzle Game

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Vocabulary
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 17th Sep 2014

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Email opening and closing jigsaw puzzle game
Formal, neutral and informal emailing phrases
Brainstorm at least two phrases into each of the boxes below.

Very formal (e.g. job

applications and

legal-sounding

complaints)

Standard/ Neutral/

Medium-level

formality/ Everyday

business level 

Informal/ Friendly

Opening

greeting

Opening

line

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

Closing

line

Closing

greeting

Name at

the end

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

Cards to cut up/ Suggested answers

Very formal (e.g. job

applications and legal-

sounding complaints)

Standard/ Neutral/

Medium-level formality/

Everyday business

level 

Informal/ Friendly

Opening

greeting

To one

person

Dear Sir or Madam

Dear Mr Jones

Dear Ms Jones

Dear Dr Jones

Dear Professor Jones

Dear Mr Jones

Dear Ms Jones

Dear Dr Jones

Dear Professor Jones

Dear John

Hi John

John

Hi!

(nothing)

To more

than one

person

To whom it may concern

Hi everyone

Dear all

To: All sales staff

Hi guys

Opening

line

Topic

I am writing to you in

connection with/ with

regards to/ concerning/

regarding…

I’m writing to you

about…

About…

Re:…

Topic

with verb

I am writing to you in

order to…

I’m writing to…

Writing to…

Last

contact

Thank you for your

email, which I received

yesterday.

Thanks for your email

yesterday.

I got your mail.

I just got your reply.

After

reply

Thank you very much

for your rapid reply.

Thanks for your quick

reply.

Wow! That was quick!

General

social

question

I hope you and your

family are well.

How are you?

I hope you are well.

How’s it going?

How’s life?

How are things?

Wassup?

Specific

social

question

I hope you had a good

weekend.

How was your weekend?

Hope you had a good

weekend.

Good weekend?

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2014

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