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  1. Session 3 Passage II An Invitation Letter Section IV TryingYour Hand

  2. Section III Passage 2 An Invitation Letter Lead in Global Reading Practice

  3. Lead in 1. Related Information 2. Warm-up Questions 3.Understanding an Invitation Letter

  4. Lead in Related Information This is an informal letter between friends. The tone of this letter is casual. The language is not so formal. This kind of informal invitation letter is often written in the third person. For example, “in the hope that it will be possible for you both to spend a few days with us during your stay in England.” “ and it would be nice if you could come then, too.” But a formal invitation card is usually written in the first person.

  5. Lead in Sentences Often Used in a Letter 1. It seems ages since we heard from you. 2. I am writing straightaway in the hope that (it will be possible for you both to spend a few days with us during your stay in England). 3. There’s not a great deal to report from our end. 4. I’d better stop here now; I’m supposed to be spending this evening (writing Christmas cards). 5. Write or phone as soon as you can--- and come! 6. Love from us all. 7. Yours ever, (Richard).

  6. Warm-up Questions 1. Have you ever received an invitation letter in English? 2. What points should an invitation letter include?

  7. Understanding an Invitation Letter Who invites whom? What is the aim of the invitation? On what occasion is the invitation given? When and where is the event to be held? Is a reply to the invitation needed?

  8. Global Reading 1.Comprehension of the letter 2. Words and Sentences

  9. Comprehension of the letter 1. Question for Para. 1: Why does Richard write to Michael? He wants to invite Michael and Lucia to spend a few days with his family in England.

  10. Comprehension of the letter 2. Question for Para. 2: What job is Richard doing now? He is teaching English literature in a university.

  11. Comprehension of the letter 3. Question for Para. 3: Who else will be invited to his house over the New Year weekend? Mike and Rosa Griffiths . If weather permitting, what outdoor activity will Richard arrange for his friends? Visiting the Carters.

  12. Comprehension of the letter 4. Question for Para. 4: How are Richard’s family getting along? Quite well.

  13. An Invitation Letter 10 November 2006 Text Para. 1My dear Michael, It seems ages since we heard from you — and even longer since you went to work in China. But recently we happened to bump into Charlie Wright at a party, and from him we learnt that you and Lucia will be coming to England over the Christmas holidays. So I am writing straightaway — to make sure this reaches you well before you leave Shanghai — in the hope that it will be possible for you both to spend a few days with us during your stay in England. 1 2

  14. Text Para. 2I am still teaching English Literature in a university and I am getting well along with my colleagues. I also have some Chinese students here, who are very friendly and intelligent. Para. 3I imagine you will be spending Christmas with your parents, but surely you will have some time after that before your Christmas holidays end. We shall be having two other friends of ours staying with us over the New Year weekend, and it would be nice if you could come then, too. Mike and Rosa Griffiths are old friends and a 3

  15. Text nice couple; I’m sure you will like them. They used to live in China, too, so we shall have something in common. And if we get some decent weather, we might all go off one day and visit the Carters — I’m sure we can get Uncle Arthur to lend us his minibus. Para. 4There’s not a great deal to report from our end. Mary is well and still enjoying her school teaching (at least, I think so); the children are growing up at a terrifying rate; I am still working for Sanderson’s and liking it well enough — though occasionally pining for the footloose days of long ago. But let’s hope you will soon be here to see for yourselves — and help us see the New Year in! 4

  16. Text Para. 5I’d better stop here now; I’m supposed to be spending this evening writing Christmas cards. Write or phone as soon as you can —— and come! Love from us all! Yours ever, Richard

  17. An Invitation Letter 10 November 2006 Text Para. 1My dear Michael, It seems ages since we heard from you — and even longer since you went to work in China. But recently we happened to bump into Charlie Wright at a party, and from him we learnt that you and Lucia will be coming to England over the Christmas holidays. So I am writing straightaway — to make sure this reaches you well before you leave Shanghai — in the hope that it will be possible for you both to spend a few days with us during your stay in England. 1 1.(Para. 1)It seems ages since we heard from you.   Analysis: It seems ages since... means “it seems a long time since ...’’ .   Translation:似乎很长时间没有收到你的信了。   Example: It seems ages since I saw you in Shanghai.   2

  18. An Invitation Letter 10 November 2006 Text 2. (Para. 1) So I am writing straightaway—to make sure this reaches you well before you leave Shanghai—in the hope that it will be possible for you both to spend a few days with us during your stay in England.   Para. 1My dear Michael, It seems ages since we heard from you — and even longer since you went to work in China. But recently we happened to bump into Charlie Wright at a party, and from him we learnt that you and Lucia will be coming to England over the Christmas holidays. So I am writing straightaway — to make sure this reaches you well before you leave Shanghai — in the hope that it will be possible for you both to spend a few days with us during your stay in England. Analysis: 1 To make sure… is an adverbial of purpose, and in the hope ,a prepositional phrase used also as an adverbial of purpose. Translation:所以我马上写信,好让你在离开上海之前肯定收到这封信 —— 希望你们俩能在英格兰逗留期间和我们一起住几天。   Example: I am sending this card to you today —to make sure you receive it before the Christmas Day. 2

  19. Text 3.(Para. 3) I imagine you will be spending Christmas itself with your parents, but surely you will have some time after that before your Christmas holidays end. Para. 2I am still teaching English Literature in a university and I am getting well along with my colleagues. I also have some Chinese students here, who are very friendly and intelligent. Analysis: Surely is used to express that someone is certain or almost certain about something. Translation: 我猜想你将在你的父母家过圣诞节, 但肯定在你的圣诞节假日结束之前还会有一些时间。   Para. 3I imagine you will be spending Christmas with your parents, but surely you will have some time after that before your Christmas holidays end. We shall be having two other friends of ours staying with us over the New Year weekend, and it would be nice if you could come then, too. Mike and Rosa Griffiths are old friends and very Example: These children surely deserve something better than a life on the streets.   3

  20. Text 4.(Para. 4) I am still working for Sanderson’s and liking it well enough—though occasionally pining for the footloose days of long ago.   nice couple; I’m sure you will like them. They used to live in China, too, so we shall have something in common. And if we get some decent weather, we might all go off one day and visit the Carters — I’m sure we can get Uncle Arthur to lend us his minibus. Analysis: Sanderson’s here refers to a company implying Sanderson’s Company; though is introducing a participle clause pining for … and serving as the adverbial of concession. Translation:我还在桑德森公司工作,而且工作很称心 —— 虽然 偶尔我也渴望从前自由自在的日子。   Para. 4There’s not a great deal to report from our end. Mary is well and still enjoying her school teaching (at least, I think so); the children are growing up at a terrifying rate; I am still working for Sanderson’s and liking it well enough — though occasionally pining for the footloose days of long ago. But let’s hope you will soon be here to see for yourselves — and help us see the New Year in! Example: They are working happily with Kent’s, though sometimes pining for the footloose school days.   4

  21. happen to do sth.: have or do sth. by or as if by chance FOR EXAMPLE: If you happen tosee him, ask him to phone me. There happened to be a young man there, so I asked him the way. An Invitation Letter 10 November 2006 Text Para. 1My dear Michael, It seems ages since we heard from you — and even longer since you went to work in China. But recently we happened to bump into Charlie Wright at a party, and from him we learnt that you and Lucia will be coming to England over the Christmas holidays. So I am writing straightaway — to make sure this reaches you well before you leave Shanghai — in the hope that it will be possible for you both to spend a few days with us during your stay in England. 1 2

  22. make sure: find out if something is true or check that something has been done FOR EXAMPLE: Make sure of the time and place. I think there is a flight to Shanghai at 2:30, but you’d better make sure. An Invitation Letter 10 November 2006 Text Para. 1My dear Michael, It seems ages since we heard from you — and even longer since you went to work in China. But recently we happened to bump into Charlie Wright at a party, and from him we learnt that you and Lucia will be coming to England over the Christmas holidays. So I am writing straightaway — to make sure this reaches you well before you leave Shanghai — in the hope that it will be possible for you both to spend a few days with us during your stay in England. 1 2

  23. Text Para. 2I am still teaching English Literature in a university and I am getting well along with my colleagues. I also have some Chinese students here, who are very friendly and intelligent. colleague n. someone that you work with FOR EXAMPLE: I’d like you to meet a colleague of mine, Jean Michael. He was never popular with his colleagues. Para. 3I imagine you will be spending Christmas with your parents, but surely you will have some time after that before your Christmas holidays end. We shall be having two other friends of ours staying with us over the New Year weekend, and it would be nice if you could come then, too. Mike and Rosa Griffiths are old friends and very 3

  24. at least: not less than FOR EXAMPLE: We spent at least two weeks there. The swimming suit costs at least $25. Text nice couple; I’m sure you will like them. They used to live in China, too, so we shall have something in common. And if we get some decent weather, we might all go off one day and visit the Carters — I’m sure we can get Uncle Arthur to lend us his minibus. Para. 4There’s not a great deal to report from our end. Mary is well and still enjoying her school teaching (at least, I think so); the children are growing up at a terrifying rate; I am still working for Sanderson’s and liking it well enough — though occasionally pining for the footloose days of long ago. But let’s hope you will soon be here to see for yourselves — and help us see the New Year in! 4

  25. Occasionally: adv. once in a while FOR EXAMPLE: He visits me occasionally. We have a shower occasionally on a summer day. Text nice couple; I’m sure you will like them. They used to live in China, too, so we shall have something in common. And if we get some decent weather, we might all go off one day and visit the Carters — I’m sure we can get Uncle Arthur to lend us his minibus. Para. 4There’s not a great deal to report from our end. Mary is well and still enjoying her school teaching (at least, I think so); the children are growing up at a terrifying rate; I am still working for Sanderson’s and liking it well enough — though occasionally pining for the footloose days of long ago. But let’s hope you will soon be here to see for yourselves — and help us see the New Year in! 4

  26. Practice Read and Judge Read and Rewrite Read and Translate

  27. Read and Judge 7. Are the following statements true or false according to the passage?Write T/F accordingly. 1. Michael heard from Richard a long time ago. 2. Recently Richard met Charlie at a party. T T 3. Michael and Lucia will come back to England over the Christmas holidays.   4. Michael and Lucia will probably leave Shanghai as soon as they get the invitation letter. T F 5. Mary is teaching at Sanderson’s.   6. Richard will be busy writing Christmas cards.    F T

  28. Read and Rewrite 8. Rewrite the third paragraph in the third person.   You can begin the passage like this: Richard guesses Michael and Lucia will be spending Christmas with their parents ...  

  29. Read and Rewrite Reference Richard guesses Michael and Lucia will be spending Christmas with their parents, but surely they will have some time after that before their Christmas holidays end. Richard and Mary will be having two other friends, Mike and Rosa Griffiths staying with them over the New Year weekend, and they think it would be nice if Michael and Lucia could come then, too.Mike and Rosa Griffiths are old friends and a very nice couple; Richard is sure Michael and Lucia could like them. Michael and Lucia used to live in China, too, so they all will have something in common. And if they get some decent weather, they might all go off one day and visit the Carters — they are sure they can get Uncle Arthur to lend them his minibus.  

  30. Read and Translate 9. Translate the following sentences into Chinese.   1. It seems ages since we heard from you —— and even longer since you went to work in China.   很长一段时间 Key: 似乎很长时间没有收到你的来信了,从你到中国工作时算起,到现在就更久了。  

  31. Read and Translate 9. Translate the following sentences into Chinese.     2. So I am writing straightaway — to make sure this reaches you well before you leave Shanghai ——in the hope that it will be possible for you both to spend a few days with us during your stay in England.   立刻,马上 Key: 所以我马上写信 —— 好让你离开上海之前肯定能收到这封信 —— 希望你们俩在英格兰逗留期间能和我们一起住几天。

  32. Read and Translate 9. Translate the following sentences into Chinese.   3.We shall be having two other friends of ours staying with us over the New Year weekend, and it would be nice if you could come then, too.   Key: 我们还有两个朋友和我们一起度新年的周末,所以,到时候你也能来的话就太好了。

  33. Read and Translate 9. Translate the following sentences into Chinese.   4. And if we get some decent weather, we might all go off one day and visit the Carters — I’m sure we can get Uncle Arthur to lend us his minibus.   体面的;象样的,还不错的 Key: 而且如果我们遇上好天气的话,我们可以找一天一起出去拜访卡特一家 —— 我们一定可以让阿瑟叔叔把他的面包车借给我们。  

  34. Read and Translate 9. Translate the following sentences into Chinese.   5 . Mary is well and still enjoying her school teaching (at least, I think so); the children are growing up at a terrifying rate; I am still working for Sanderson’s and liking it well enough —— though occasionally pinning for the footloose days of long ago.   以令人惊异的速度 至少 Key: 玛丽很好而且喜欢她的教学工作(至少我这样认为);孩子们长得飞快;我还在桑德森公司工作,而且工作很称心 --- 虽然偶尔我也会渴望从前自由自在的日子。  

  35. Section IV Trying Your Hand Applied Writing Grammar Review Sentence Writing

  36. Applied Writing Format Analysis Language Features Additional Samples Read and Simulate Simulate and Create

  37. Format analysis A letter of invitation to a formal occasion, say, a symposium, forum or conference is different from a personal letter. It is more like the announcement of an event, informing the recipient of the aim, topic(s) and sponsor(s) of the event, and the place and time it is to be held. Usually a registration form and a list of topics are attached to it. Dates for papers, social events, and an introduction of local sightseeing tours, etc., are also stated.

  38. Language features Sentences used in making an invitation and giving a reply. 1. We have pleasure in inviting you to (our annual conference). 2. We would be very grateful if you would (consider giving us an update on this issue). 3. We would appreciate it if you could confirm your participation at your earliest convenience. 4. Thank you for your letter of (25 May) and I am pleased to confirm my participation in (this year’s conference to be held in July). 5. I would be grateful if you could send me further details about the program. 6. I look forward to attending the conference. (I am looking forward to attending the conference.)

  39. Additional samples 1. A formal invitation: Chairman Of the Students’ Union requests the pleasure of Mr. And Mrs. John Smith’s company at the New Year’s Party at the University Hall on Thursday December 30th, 7:00 pm. R,S.V.P. Dec. 28, 2006

  40. Additional samples 2. An informal invitation: Dear Mr. And Mrs. Silver, May we have the pleasure of your company at our Silver WeddingParty in our houseonFriday, June 1st, at 7:30 p.m.? Yours very truly, (Signature) Sam Hekinen

  41. Additional samples 3. A formal reply: Mr. And Mrs. John Smith accept with pleasure the kind invitation from Chairman of the Students’ Union to be present at the New Year’s Party onDecember 30th. December 28th

  42. Additional samples 3. A formal reply: December 28th Mr. And Mrs. Tony Silver regret that Mr. Silver’s hospitalization on account of a serious cold prevents them fromaccepting the kind invitation of Chairman of the Students’ Union to be present at the New Year’s Party on December 30th.

  43. Additional samples 4. An informal reply: Dear Mr. And Mrs. Hekinen, Thank you very much for invitingme and my wife to your Silver Wedding Party on June 1st, which my wife and I are very much delighted to accept. Sincerely yours, (Signature) Tony Silver

  44. Additional samples 4. An informal reply: Dear Mr. And Mrs. Hekinen, Thank you very much for invitingme and my wifeto your Silver Wedding Party on June 1st. However, I regret to inform you thatowingto a previous engagement we shall not be able to come. Sincerely yours, (Signature) Tony Silver

  45. Read and Simulate 1.Read the following two samples of invitation and learn to write your own.   SAMPLE 1 TECHNOLOGY IN ENGINEERING CONFERENCE   45 BROUGHTON Street, Brighton   J. Higgins   Purchasing Manager   Zacron Engineering   Unit 5   Hempstead Industrial Estate   Hemel Hempstead HP2 7FX 25 May, 2007 

  46. Read and Simulate Dear Mr. Higgins,   We have pleasure in inviting you to our annual (年度的) conference. This year it will be taking place at the Metropole Hotel, Brighton, from 24 to 28 July.   We enclose details of the conference, accommodation arrangements and an activity program.   Last year you gave a very interesting talk on the subject of “Purchasing (采购) High Technology.” We would be very grateful if you would consider giving us an update on this.   We would appreciate it if you could confirm your participation (参加) at your earliest convenience.   Yours sincerely,   P Matthews   P Matthews   Conference Organizer   

  47. Read and Simulate Translation 亲爱的希金斯先生:   很荣幸能邀请您参加我们的年会。今年,会议将于7月24日到28日在布莱顿市的Metropole宾馆举行。   随信寄去会议的详尽日程、食宿安排和活动计划。   去年您给我们做了题为“高科技采购”的颇为生动的发言。如果您能考虑就此问题给我们作最新发展的报告,我们将不胜感激。   如能尽快确认您将出席会议,不胜感激。   P.马修斯   会议组织人   谨启 2007年5月25日  

  48. Read and Simulate Zacron Engineering   Unit 5, Hempstead Industrial Estate   Hemel Hempstead   Mr. P Matthews   Technology in Engineering Conference   45 Broughton Street   Brighton BN25 1XL     1 June 2007

  49. Read and Simulate Sample 2 Dear Mr. Matthews,     Thank you for your letter of 25 May and I am pleased to confirm my participation in this year’s conference in July.     I would be grateful if you could send me further details about the program.     Unfortunately, I will not be able to give an update on last year’s talk. I am afraid that pressure of work will not allow time to prepare a talk.   However, I look forward to attending the conference again.   Yours sincerely, J. Higgins Purchasing Manager  

  50. Translation Read and Simulate 亲爱的马修斯先生:   鉴于你5月25日的来信,我很高兴地告诉你我将出席今年7月的年会。   如果你能给我寄来更为详细的会议日程,我将非常感激。   遗憾的是,我不能对去年的发言做最新补充。工作繁忙使我没有时间做准备。   无论如何,我期待再次参加会议。   此致   敬礼   J. 希金斯   采购部经理   2007年6月1日