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How to Write a Polite Email to your Teacher

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Sarah Nash

on 3 December 2013

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Transcript of How to Write a Polite Email to your Teacher

How to Write a Polite, Professional Email to your Teacher
Today's Learning Goals
1. Learn how to write a polite, professional email to your teacher.

2. Practice writing a polite, professional email to your teacher.

3. Look at the emails and discuss them together as a class.
Start the Email with the Correct Greeting
If your teacher has told you what he or she wants to be called, then use that name.
Dear Dr. Mohammed,
Dear Mrs. Sarah,
Dear Ms. Amal,
Dear Mr. John,

If you are unsure what to call your teacher, then write a general greeting.
Hello teacher,
Hello Professor,

Do NOT start the Email with an Incorrect Greeting
Do not call a teacher by his or her first name unless they have said you may do so.

Do not start an email too informally. Be polite and show respect to your teacher.
What's up, teacher??

Write the Email Message
Keep it short and get to the point quickly.
Your teacher has a lot of emails to read and does not have time to read a book-length email from every student.

Ask direct, specific questions.
Your teacher cannot read your mind. You need to be clear when you ask a question.
Do NOT Write Like This in the Email Message
Do not write in all capitalized letters.
Do not use multiple exclamation points or question marks. One is enough.
If you use multiple exclamation points, it sounds like you're yelling at me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"You marked me absent!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Why would you use multiple question marks??????????
"Why is my grade 70%???????????"
Do NOT Write Like This in the Email Message (Continued)
Do not write to your teacher the same way you write to your friends on the internet. This is not texting, Facebook, or Twitter.
Write proper sentences with subjects, verbs, correct punctuation, and correct spelling.
So pls dun wrte yor profeSR lik ur txtN. uz abbrz @ yor own rsk. coRec me f Im wrng.

Do not tell your teacher that you weren't listening in class.

"Teacher, I wasn't listening in class. So it's not my fault that I didn't do the homework!"
Ending the Email
End the email with a polite closing remark.
Kind regards,

Always end the email with your full name.
Your teacher has a lot of students. He or she does not know who sent the email if you do not use your full name.
Fatimah AlMarri, not just Fatimah
Always Be Polite!
It is always good to be polite to your teachers.
Use "please"
"Can you please check my grade?"
Use "thank you"
"Thank you for helping me."
Email Writing Task
Let's practice writing a polite, professional email to a teacher.
1. I will put you with a partner.
2. Choose one of the topics to write about.
The teacher marked you absent on Tuesday, November 26, but you think you were not absent on that day.
Your overall class grade just went down from 90% to 70%, and you do not understand why this happened.
3. Write a polite, professional email to your teacher about that topic.
4. Then, we will read the emails and discuss them together as a class.

Let's Review!

Email Message

Closing Remark
The Importance of Writing a Polite, Professional Email
You appear to be a serious, hard-working student.

You will appear to be a serious, hard-working employee in your future career.
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