Number one for English language teachers

Teenagers: Writing: Recognizing style and register

Type: Reference material

Students sometimes get register confused when writing. This activity helps them to recognize style/register.

Hand out this list to students:

Once upon a time …


I regret to inform you …


All my love, Boris xxxx


In conclusion, it must be stated that …


She grabbed the gun and pointed it at Dillon.


The windows are large and look down onto a flower-filled garden


All this can be yours for only $999, if you call this number …


Add two tablespoons of sugar and stir …


I look forward to your prompt reply …


Here in the studio we have the lovely Dido. Hi Dido …

Students then discuss where they think these are taken from and why.

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