Task theme: Making a recommendation
In the course of our work, we sometimes want to make a
recommendation based on some new information we have received. Below
is a letter recommending that two new training courses be offered based on
recent information about "advanced literacy".
"Dear Mr. Talbot,"
A brief BACKGROUND for recommendation
and statement of the recommendation:
"As you know, our office has recently undertaken some research on
literacy and "advanced literacy" and the different components ... our office would like
to recommend that two new training courses, "Advanced Literacy" and
"Intercultural Literacy" be made available to staff."
Develop the background and reasons for the
"Our research has shown that an advanced stage of literacy is
marked by more than the ability to read, write and speak the
standard form of a given language. At an advanced stage of literacy.
one ... we strongly recommend that
courses in "Advanced Literacy" and "Intercultural Literacy" be made
available to staff at all levels.."
Mention an expert whose views support your
recommendation, or an example showing your recommendation can
"Like many experts in the study of language and culture, Dr.
Miriam Eisenstein-Ebbsworth, Director of Ph.D. Programs in
Multi-lingual, Multicultural Studies at New York University views
awareness of variations in accent, idiom and structure in a given
language is an indicator of advanced literacy. The more ... can teach us much about its history and values.
Therefore, we recommend that a course on Inter-cultural Literacy
include such a component and be offered to raise awareness of the
values and insights of cultures around the world."
Restate a key point that supports your
"As stated earlier, as it is of the utmost importance for
staff of an international organization to have an understanding of
the different cultures that comprise it and to gain an advanced form
of literacy, our office recommends that courses in "Advanced
Literacy" and "Intercultural Literacy" be made available and that
staff at all levels be encouraged to participate in them."
provide a summary sentence restating your
recommendation and offering to provide more information
"For all of the above reasons, based on our latest research, our
office thanks you for considering our request and hopes that
favourable action can be taken on it. Should you need any
further clarification or information, please do not hesitate to
contact us. We look forward to your reply."
Coordinator of New Training Programmes"
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