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English home language

Grade 9

Personal development and empowerment

Module 17

The creative use of language

Activity 1:

To practise the creative use of language in formal writing

[lo 4.1]

Many schools offer job-shadowing opportunities for the senior learners to prepare them for the real world of employment, but nothing prevents you from volunteering your services so that you too have an advantage of expe

rience which is so often required in any job application. (Job-shadowing means to observe a person while they are working so that you can gain an impression of what the job entails. You also need to discuss different as

pects of the job with that person.)

  • Test your skill in persuading an organization that you wish to be of value to them while gaining experience.

A ) Write a formal letter to an organisation or centre of your choice, offering your services free of charge. Mention your talents, interests and achievements. Also state why you wish to volunteer. (150 words)

B ) Write a short Curriculum Vitae. State your interests, achievements, leadership positions and goals.

  • Be sure to study the examples of a formal letter, a curriculum vitae and a telephone message, provided in this module, before writing your own transactional assignment.

Use these examples, after completion, to check whether you followed the correct format.

  1. Writing formal letters
  • Formal letters have a variety of purposes, including complaining about inadequate goods or services, applying for a job or complimenting good work. However, all of these letters have a common goal:
  • To get the results you want from someone you may or may not know personally.
  • Here are some tips for formal letter-writing and applying for employment or offering your services.

1. Be BRIEF and to the point!

2. Use formal language and check your letter for errors.

3. Address the person by name, if you know the name. If not, use ‘Dear Sir/Madam’

4. Indicate what your letter is about, using a subject line.

5. Be honest, be clear and specific.

6. Use accurate English.

7. Be positive and natural.

8. Edit ruthlessly. Always check your letter for any errors.

B. Example format of Curriculum Vitae: Rough Copy

Curriculum vitae of timothy thabo winters

Personal details


First Name

Date of Birth



Contact numbers


Primary School

High School

Average Pass Symbol

Special Awards


Position(s) of Responsibility

Interests&Extramural activities



Work experience

Volunteer Activities



1. Priest \ Spiritual Leader

2. Principal \ Teacher


1. Employer \ Supervisor

2. Principal \ Community Leader

  • This is only an example. Please add anything else of interest or importance.

ROUGH COPY OF LETTER to offer voluntary service

  • Own Address:
  • Title and address of person:
  • Opening paragraph:
  • Subject line:
  • Reasons:
  • Conclusion:
  • Salutation


Final copy of Curriculum Vitae

Activity 2:

To consider the appropriateness of formal and informal language

[lo 1.6]

  • It is necessary to know when it is appropriate to speak informally and when you can be more formal. This choice of “register” depends on the situation, the person to whom you are speaking and the purpose of the conversation.
  • Formal language can be called Standard English while informal language is known as colloquial language . Often teenagers speak even more informally using slang .
  • In any conversation it is also important to realize that body language can convey non-verbal messages and that eye-contact is very important.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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