Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Business Letters

I took over Mdm Tini's class because she is on maternity leave. Here is an extra notes for my students of Business Comm. class.

Business Letters in English

Business letters are formal paper communications between, to or from businesses and usually sent through the Post Office or sometimes by courier. Business letters are sometimes called "snail-mail" (in contrast to email which is faster). This lesson concentrates on business letters but also looks at other business correspondence. It includes:

* letter
* memo
* fax
* email

Who writes Business Letters?

Most people who have an occupation have to write business letters. Some write many letters each day and others only write a few letters over the course of a career. Business people also read letters on a daily basis. Letters are written from a person/group, known as the sender to a person/group, known in business as the recipient. Here are some examples of senders and recipients:

* business «» business
* business «» consumer
* job applicant «» company
* citizen «» government official
* employer «» employee
* staff member «» staff member

Why write Business Letters?

There are many reasons why you may need to write business letters or other correspondence:

* to persuade
* to inform
* to request
* to express thanks
* to remind
* to recommend
* to apologize
* to congratulate
* to reject a proposal or offer
* to introduce a person or policy
* to invite or welcome
* to follow up
* to formalize decisions

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