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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

what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
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 did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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