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Persuasive Techniques: Informal and formal language review

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Elizabeth Browning

on 19 January 2015

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Persuasive Techniques: Informal and formal language review
Draw a two column chart like the one to the right.
Look at the situations below and sort them into the
T: Text:
WHAT form are you using?
Book, newspaper article, speech, advert

A: Audience:
WHO are you speaking/writing to?
A friend, a teacher, child,adult?

P: Purpose:
WHY are you doing this? What do you want to achieve.
To inform, to persuade, to entertain?
Do you
to use formal language to be persuasive?

What do you think?
Identify TAP in these texts and determine formality
Let's look back at Media!
Graph Results
A. That movie was wicked, mate! The actress, wot's her name, she's really good dontcha think?
What kind of people would say these things? Explain
B. The movie was extremely well done, don't you think? The cinematography was exquisite.
LO: Students will determine when it is appropriate to use informal and formal language.
Talking to the headteacher.
Hanging out with
Asking mum and dad for something
Talking to a teacher
Sending a text
Mailing a complaint
Job Interview
Whinging about a football match
If you finish early, think of other situations to sort into the chart.
Do you remember when we use formal and informal language? What are the general rules?


We use with people we don't know well or for serious topics.
We use with friends or people, we know quite well. It comes very naturally and can include slang.
B. You'd better wear a coat, little one. It'll probably rain.
C. Excuse me sir. Smoking is not allowed in this area. Would you be so kind as to put it out?
T: What kind of text is it?

A: Who is the audience?

P: What is the purpose?

Informal or formal? Why?
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