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CHAPTER 6 PERSONAL LETTER I

Activity 3.
Check your comprehension based on the letter in Activity 2.
KI Kompetensi Dasar/Indikator Pencapaian Kompetensi 1. Who wrote the letter?
3 3.6 Membedakan fungsi sosial, struktur teks, dan unsur kebahasaan beberapa teks khusus dalam bentuk 2. What did Sammy’s father write to Sammy?
surat pribadi dengan memberi dan menerima informasi terkait kegiatan diri sendiri dan orang 3. What did Sammy’s father advise Sam to do?
sekitarnya, sesuai dengan konteks penggunaannya. 4. How is Sammy’s character?
3.6.1 Mengidentifikasi fungsi sosial, struktur teks, dan unsur kebahasaan teks khusus dalam bentuk 5. How did Sammy’s father salutehis son?
surat pribadi. 6. How did Sammy’s father close his e-mail?
3.6.2 Menentukan tujuan komunikatif teks khusus dalam bentuk surat pribadi.
3.6.3 Menemukan berbagai informasi yang terdapat dalam teks khusus dalam bentuk surat pribadi. Activity 4.
4 Discuss the following building blocks about letter in the group of four.
4.6.1 Menangkap makna secara kontekstual terkait fungsi sosial, struktur teks, dan unsur kebahasaan teks
Building Blocks.
khusus dalam bentuk surat pribadi terkait kegiatan diri sendiri dan orang sekitarnya
a. Types of letter
4.6.1.1 Menirukan kata/kalimat dalam teks khusus dalam bentuk surat pribadi terkait kegiatan
- Formal letter (business letter, application letter, complaint letter, etc)
diri sendiri dan orang sekitarnya.
- Informal letter also known as personal letter. (letter to relatives, friends, etc)
4.6.1.2 Memodifikasi teks khusus dalam bentuk surat pribadi terkait kegiatan diri sendiri dan
b. Social Fuction
orang sekitarnya.
Personal letters are the letters that are written to people we know such as friends, parents, siblings, cousins.
Letters are not only written to inform but to strengthen the bond between two people writing to each other.
Activity 1.
c. Linguistic Features
Read the following extracts. Then match them with the right topic.
Sentence Structure - Accuracy of grammar is important.
I am writing to organise our next meeting to discuss a Thank you for the reminder about the meeting. I think
- Complete sentences are expected.
plan to visit Lombok. I am free between 15 and 20 it would be the best if you hold the meeting on
- Slang can be used.
November. Please let me know as soon as possible if Tuesday, 20th Novemnber. If we start at 9.00, I’m sure
- Use Contractions such as “I'll”, “ I'm”, “we'll”.
these dates are convenient. we’ll be finished by 3.30. I look forward to seeing you.
- Use personal pronouns such as “I”, “we”, “you”.
..................................................................................................... .....................................................................................................
- Use active voice.
Style - Language use may be personal like first and second person pronouns.
I am having problems accessing the internet from my I arrive in Palembang at 10.00 on Tuesday 15 June. I - Be warm.
desktop. When I enter my password, the screen shall take a taxi and be at your house by 12.00. - Use person's name you are writing to.
freezes. Please, could you solve my problem. - Vary sentence length.
..................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................... - Write in a natural, conversational style.
- Let your personality shine through in your writing.
The topics: (Bly, 2004).
A. Sending information C. Agreeing to a meeting
B. Organizing a meeting D. Confirming d. Structure of Personal Letter
Date Date when the letter is written (top left).
Activity 2. Address Place where you are writing from (top right).
You will hear Sammy reading an e-mail from his father. Fill in the blanks. Salutation & Name Greeting and the person's name you are writing to
Introduction The opening of the letter usually starts with how are you or refers to previous letter.
My dear Son, Body The main part of the letter. It includes what you want to write to the other person.
I was very (1) ................................... yesterday. I only saw your e-mail this morning. Are you sure you Closure The part indicates the letter is going to end.
want to work with children after (2) .................................. your master’s degree? Last month, you wanted to be Complimentary close Short expressions like “love you”, “sincerely yours”, “love”.
a businessman. Two weeks ago, you wanted to be a (3) ................................... . last week, you wanted to be a Signature Signature or initials of the writer.
famous designer. Postscript P. S. After thought in a letter. You begin with P.S. and end it with your initials.
I suggest you read ‘Seven choices for success and (4) .................................., “written by Dr. Nido R. e. Some useful expressions for letter writing
Qubein. He os the (5) .................................. of may best-selling books and one of the most sought-after speakers Gratitude Delivering bad news
in the United Sates. Besides that, he is also the (6) .................................. of Great Harvest Bread and the - I'm just writing to thank you for ............ - I'm sorry but I have to tell you that ............
President of High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. I hope that how he got to where he is - It was very kind of you to ............ - Bad news, I'm afraid but no way to avoid it, so here it
today will (7) .................................. you. - Thanks very much for ............ goes ............
I’ll be back home next (8) .................................. , so we can talk about this further then. - I am very grateful for ............ - I'm extremely sorry to hear that ............
Love, - It was heart wrenching to read about ............
Giving advice Delivering good news
Dad - Well, I thought about it and if I were you, I would - I'm sure you will be happy to hear that ............
............ - I am sure that you'll be interested to know that ............
- Have you thought about ............ - By the way, did you know that ............ ?
- In your last letter you said you weren't sure what - OMG!! You'll never guess what happened! a. Address d. Introduction g. Closure j. The Content of the letter
course of action to take, I suggest ............ - I am totally ecstatic to hear about ............ b. Closing e. Greetings h. Signature
- I think you shouldn't ............ - I was happy beyond limits to read that ............ c. Salutation f. Postscript i. Date
- In your last letter you asked me about .............., I d.
think ...............
Asking for help Apologizing Activity 6.
- I wonder if you could help me. - I would like to apologize for ............ Look at the expressions and match them with the purpose of the letter. The first one has been done for you.
- I hope it's not too much to ask but ............ - I'm so sorry that ............ Expressions Purpose
- I wonder if I could ask you a favor. Could you - Words are not enough to erase the pain I have given 1. I am so happy to share this with you. ( j ) a. To apologize
............? you but I want to say how sorry I am ............ 2. Thank you so much for remembering me. ( ..... ) b. To ask for reply
3. Did you know ... . ( ..... ) c. To ask a favor
f. Examples of expressions used in personal letters. 4. I am so sorry. ( ..... ) d. Closing
Salutations “Dear”, “Dearest”, “sweetheart”, “darling”, “My dear”, “My love” etc. 5. I will be waiting for your letter eagerly. ( ..... ) e. To give advice
Salutations depend on how well you know the person you are writing to. 6. Can I ask you for this favor. ( ..... ) f. To give bad news
Closing “Yours”, “with love”, “sincerely yours”, “all the love”, “all the best”, “affectionately”, “much 7. Love always. ( ..... ) g. Changing topic
love”, “best wishes” 8. I think you should think it over before. ( ..... ) h. To share some information
Starting the letter How are you? 9. I am sos sorry but I have to tell you. ( ..... ) i. To thank the person
Hope this letter finds you…… 10. That reminds me of ... . ( ..... ) j. To share good news
Thank you for your last letter.
It was so good to hear from you. Activity 7.
Sorry for answering late. Read this personal letter aloud with good intonation and correct pronunciation. Identify the parts of the letter.
I'm sorry I should have written earlier.…….
Puri Anjasmoro B7/25
I am sorry to inform you that……
......................... Semarang Central Java 50144
Conclusion I am looking forward to seeing you soon.
Indonesia
I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
My best wishes for the coming test. ......................... August 21st
See you.
I will have to stop now. ......................... Dear Evan,
I am waiting for a quick reply. How are you? I hope you and your family nare fine. My family and I are fine too.
Looking forward to seeing you again.
.........................
Thank you for the bag you sent me. I like it ver much. However, my sister says I
Bye. ......................... shouldn’t wear it to school because it is very big. My sister is the best but sometimes I
Activity 5. feel that she talks too much.
Read the sample personal letter below. Then, analyze the structure of the letter. ......................... Do you have any plans to visit me? I hope to hear from you soon.
Your lovely friend,
......................... 35 Senggigi Raya .........................
......................... Lombok Raka
......................... 75009 Nusa Tenggara Timur
.........................
12th January 2018
My Dear Lovely Siti,
......................... Activity 8.
Rewrite the following jumbled statements and phrases into a meaningful personal letter.
Hello! ......................... A. It’s such a relief to hear that the volcanic eruption in the effected area has caused no problem.
How are you, sweetie? I know you are angry with me because I am writing to you after a long time. I am B. 1 October 2017
so sorry, please forgive me. You know we are in Lombok right now. It is so beautiful beyond imagination. I am C. Hello Ronafa
........................

writing to you from this really cute little café on the Senggigi beach. As you know, mum loves shopping so she D. Everything is going very well here. I wish you and your family the best.
went and will be gone for hours. I took a rain check from shopping and decided to write to you while I enjoy E. Andaresta
my cup of coffee.
F. Bancar Asri 16, Lamper tengah
You know yesterday we went to Gili Nanggu Island; it is a beach on the southwest of Lombok. The place
Surakarta, Central Java 50242
is awesome. It is so beautiful I couldn't believe my eyes. There are beautiful coral reefs everywhere. We went
Indonesia
for snorkeling and we saw most amazing fish ever. I wish you were here; it would have been much more fun.
G. Do you want me to send something from Indonesia? Please don’t hesitate to contact me again if you need any
Mum's making sure we don't miss any sight in the whole city, so we've practically been everywhere.
.

help.
I have to go, mum is here. I will see you soon.
......................... H. Take care,
Lots of love
Lana ......................... I. Thank you for your letter of 25 July. I was very pleased to read your last letter. News about disasters always
......................... makes everyone very worried, especially when I heard that you were not in your apartment. You know pain
Lana
......................... filled our hearts when your family and I could not get in touch with you on the phone.
P.S. I'm bringing you lot of souvenirs and pictures!!
Activity 9.
CHAPTER 6 PERSONAL LETTER II
Read the following letter and answer the questions.
KI Kompetensi Dasar/Indikator Pencapaian Kompetensi
3 3.6 Membedakan fungsi sosial, struktur teks, dan unsur kebahasaan beberapa teks khusus dalam bentuk
5 October 2017 surat pribadi dengan memberi dan menerima informasi terkait kegiatan diri sendiri dan orang
Dear Melodi, sekitarnya, sesuai dengan konteks penggunaannya.
As you already know, I have recently finished my postgraduate degree and will be leaving for Denpasar 3.6.4 Menyimpulkan gagasan yang disampaikan penulis yang terdapat dalamteks khusus dalam
at the end of this week. Please consider this to be my sincere goodbye to you. bentuk surat pribadi.
I want you to know that I am leaving here with truly mixed feeling; happy about finishing my 3.6.5 Membedakan fungsi sosial, struktur teks, dan unsur kebahasaan teks khusus dalam bentuk surat
education, but sad to be leaving the school where I have had so many unforgettable moments with you. pribadi..
The last two years as an English teacher at our great school was the best period of my career so far. I 4 4.6.2 Menyusun teks khusus dalam bentuk surat pribadi terkait kegiatan diri sendiri dan orang sekitarnya,
learned a great deal and worked with you, who, I am sure, I will remain a good frieand for a long time. I lisan dan tulis, dengan memperhatikan fungsi sosial, struktur teks, dan unsur kebahasaan, secara
can only hope that our friendship will never end. benar dan sesuai konteks.
Thank you so muuch for making my time at the school a truly enjoyable one. Let’s keep in touch. 4.6.2.1 Menyusun teks khusus dalam bentuk surat pribadi terkait kegiatan diri sendiri dan orang
Speak to me before I leave on Friday and I will be happy to give you my new phone number and e-mail sekitarnya.
address. 4.6.2.2 Menulis teks khusus dalam bentuk surat pribadi terkait kegiatan diri sendiri dan orang
My very best wishes for the future go out to you. sekitarnya
Yours sincerely,
Activity 1.
Dona Arrange the sentences into a good letter. Tehn answer the questions.

The questions: How are you? Ihave not heard from you for a long time. I really like the colour. It is such a nice soft sweater.
1. Who sent the letter?
2. Who received the letter? The reason why I am writing this letter is to thank Sisi.
3. When was the letter written? you for the beautiful sweater you sent me for my
4. What is the purpose of writing the letter? birthday.
5. What is the main idea of the text?
6. What made Done write the letter? That’s all for now. I hope to hear from you soon.
7. Why did Dona thank Melodi?
8. What can you learn from Dona’s letter? Your couusin, I hope you are well.

The questions:
1. What is the letter about?
2. Who is Sisi?
3. What is the gift like?
4. What is the purpose of the letter?
5. What kind of personal letter above?

Activity 2.
Discuss the building blocks in the group.
There are many types of personal letters. Here are a few you might have heard of:
a. Pen Pal. A pen pal is someone you communicate with by sendening letters regularly.
b. Fan mail. You write Fan mail to someone you admire. You might choose to write to a famous actor, rock star,
author, os sport hero.
c. Love. You can write a love letter to someone whom you love or care about. In this letter, you express feelings of
affection and romance.
d. Farewell. In a farewell letter, you say goodbye and good luck to someone who is moving interstate or overseas, or
changing schools.
e. Get well. You send a “get well” letter to wish someone a speedy recovery from illness.
f. Condolence. In a condolence letter, you show sympathy, usually for the loss of someone close to the recipient. You
might wish them strength through their grief, say you are sorry for their loss, or share memories of the person they
have lost.
g. Congratulations. You would sent this letter to congratulate someone on a birth, wedding, achievement, or award.
h. Thank you. When you write a thank you letter, you are showing your appreciation to someone. Perhaps they Activity 5.
invited you to their birthday party, gave you a thoughful gift, or did you a favour. This is less formal than an Complete the following table with information about your favourite song.
appreciation letter, and would be sent to a friend or family member. Type of song Title Decribe the song
i. Holiday/celebration. Your holiday letter could celebrate a birthday, Eid ul Fitr, Christmas, New Year, or any other Pop Kangen by Dewa 19 It was a romantic but mellow
special event or holiday. Rock
Dangdut
Activity 3. Etcnic song
Rearrange the following jumbled paragraphs into two meaningful personal letters. Then, determine the type of
the personal letter. Activity 6.
a. With love, Answer the following questions briefly.
Michelle 1. What kind of songs do you like most?
b. Wait for me. I am coming soon. 2. Why do you like them?
c. She was a very dear friend and we shall greatly miss her cheerful outlook on life, her generous nature, and her 3. Which is your favourite song?
warmth for anyone in need of help, but above all we shall miss her for her wonderful sense of fun. 4. Why do you like it?
d. Your sister, 5. When did you listen to the song for the first time?
Sari 6. How did you feel when you listened to the song for the first time?
e. How is everything? I am glad you have had a lot of experience in how to deal with cases of juvenile
delinquency. I agree that charity events are very important for your juveniles in a correctional facility because Activity 7.
they need attention. Moreover, they are the future assets of the country. Use your answers to complete the following letter.
f. Dear Henry,
g. Tom and I send you our love and our assurance of devoted friendship now and always. Dear Rebecca,
h. Dear Sigit, Do you like listening to songs? What sort of songs do you listen to?I really like Pop songs. After school hours, I
i. Actually they want to be understood despeartely and to tell their stories, but not many people care about often listen to my favourite songs. I like ___________________ most because ___________________________________ . My
them. Fortunately, there are many leading companies working together to motivate inmates at the facility to favourite song is ____________________________________________ . I like it because __________________________________________ .
learn skills. Let’s hope that everything will go well. I listened to that song for the first time when ____________________________________________________________ . when I
j. I feel it is almost an intrusion to write to you at a time like this, but I must tell you how deeply sorry we were listend to the song for the first time, I ___________________________________________________________ .
at the news of Margo’s passing. How about you? What kind of songs do you like most? Please write soon.
Your friend,
Activity 4.
Mila
Read the letter below and answer the questions.
Dear Fred and Sylvia:

On behalf of the entire Marsden family I would like to thank you for your unflagging support and kind condolences in Activity 8.
recent weeks as we mourned the tragic loss of Raymond. Your friend, Sinaga, from Medan, has a one-day holiday and plans to visit your town. He wants to know tourist
Without wonderful friends like you to spend time with us and help with daily tasks it would have been much attractions he must visit. Write a personal letter to tell him about tourist attractions to visit, including any
more difficult for us to suffer through this very difficult period. I especially appreciated the numerous meals that you famous food he has to eat.
prepared and delivered to us as well as the drives to school you provided for Kirstin and Charlie. You can't imagine Consider the followings before you start writing;
what a help this was to Carl and I as we tried to focus on Raymond's funeral arrangements while also having to deal a. Work in the group of three to write the letter.
with the media. b. Write your letter on colored paper with attractive decoration.
As you will understand, it is going to take some time before our family can get back to normal after this senseless c. Write your letter neatly.
tragedy. So, please don't take our lack of contact during this period as any more than us taking the time we need to try Dear Sinaga,
to get back to some semblance of a normal life. I am very glad to hear that you are going to visit my town. Don’t worry, I am going to be your
Please accept our heartfelt thanks for all that you have done. guide, so you’ll enjoy some tourist attractions here. Actually, there are many famous and
Sincerely grateful, interesting places in my town to make your one-day holiday unforgettable. In the morning,
for example, __________________________________________________________________________________________
Susan and Carl ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The questions: _________________________________________________________. In the afternoon, __________________________
1. What is the type of personal letter above? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. What is the purpose of the sender writing the letter? _______________________________________________________________ . in the evening _______________________
3. What did happen to Susan and Carl based on the letter? _______________________________________________________________________________
4. Who are Fred and Sylvia based on the letter? Your friend,
5. What you can learn from the letter?
_______________________