Letter of application, Indirect ways of asking questions

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Language focus 1: Indirect ways of asking questions


Indirect ways of asking questions
A number of expressions can be used to ask questions in a more indirect way. Indirect questions can sound more polite than direct ones.
Could you tell me what time it is?
Would you mind telling me where he works?
We’d like to know when you first started singing.
When asking indirect questions the same word order is used as when we make statements. The auxiliary verbs, do, does and did, are omitted.
If or whether is used if there is no question word such as where, what, why, when, who and how.
Could you tell us if/whether you are married?

1 Compare these two ways of asking the same question:

Direct : What time does the Pagagnini concert start?
Indirect : Could you tell me what time the Pagagnini concert starts?
Asking questions in a more indirect way, using expressions such as Could you tell me , can make them sound more polite . Write the direct form of the following questions:

Question No. /

1 I’d be interested to know when Rhythm of the Dance started performing. (Start with When)

2 Would you mind telling me why you call the show iD?(Start with why)

3 I’d like to know if the Tap Dogs are planning to come here. (Start with are)

2 Compare the direct and the indirect questions in exercise 1 above and answer the following questions:
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a In numbers 1 and 2, what happens to the auxiliary verbs did and do when the indirect question form is used?

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How are the main verbs start and call affected?

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b In number 3, what differences are there between the word order of the direct question and that of the indirect question? (two correct choices)

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c In number 3, where no question word (when, how, what, where etc) appears in the direct question, which word has to be added in the indirect question? (Two correct optoins)

3 Questions a–f were prepared by a music journalist planning to interview one of the members of Pagagnini. Rewrite them to make them indirect. If possible, choose a different phrase from the box to begin each one.

I would be interested to know … // Could you explain …
Would you mind telling us … //  We’d like to know …
Could you tell me …//   I was wondering if you could tell me …

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a Why are you called ‘Pagagnini’?

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b When did you start performing together?

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c Have you ever toured outside of Europe?

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d What type of music do you prefer playing?

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e How many hours do you practise your instrument each day

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f Do you clown around when you’re off stage as well.

4 a

Student A : Write six indirect questions which you could ask a member of Rhythm of the Dance. DO IT
Student B : Write six indirect questions which you could ask a member of Cirque Éloize. DO IT
b Take turns to roleplay an interview in which your partner answers the questions you have prepared in a.

Writing 1 Part 2

Letter of application
1a Read the following Writing Part 2 instructions. You see the following advertisement in your local English-language newspaper:

We need teaching assistants for the music and dance activities at our English-language summer school for young children.
If you can speak English and believe you have the right skills to teach music and/or dance to young people, you are the right person for us. Write to the director, Paul Beacon, and explain why you would be a suitable person for the job.

Write your letter of application. WRITE IT
b Read the letter of application. Ignore the words and expressions in bold (1–10) and answer the following question.

Dear (1)Paul
(2)I’ve had a look at your advertisement in the latest edition of ‘English Weekly’ and (3)I want to ask for a job as a music and dance teacher at your summer school.
I am a twenty-year-old music student in my second year at university and can play several instruments, including piano, violin and clarinet. (4)I’ve also been goingto a local dance academy for the past twelve years and am a member of a modern -dance group called ‘ Pasos’.
Although (5)I’ve never done any jobs working with groups of children, I teach piano and violin to (6)quite a lot of young private students. In addition, I choreograph many of the dances for ‘ Pasos’ and teach the steps to the other members of the group.

(7)I reckon I would be (8)really good at this job, as I am a very calm and patient person. My who le life is devoted to music and dance and (9)it’d be great if I could pass on my skills to other people.
(10)Can’t wait to hear from you.
Yours sincerely
Sandra Agar

When writing a letter of application to the director of a summer school, a formal style is appropriate . However, in Sandra Agar’s application above, the words and expressions in bold (1–10) are more appropriate to an informal letter. Replace each one with a formal alternative from the box below.
Example: 1 Mr Beacon

Question No. /

Find the write alternative.

5 2 7 10 4 6 8 1 9 3
I would love to have the opportunity to
I have no experience
I have also been attending
I feel
I look forward to hearing
I would like to apply
well-suited to
I have seen
Mr Beacon
a number

3 Which linking words does Sandra use in her letter. FIND THE LINKING WORDS
Example: also
4 What is the purpose of each of the four main paragraphs in Sandra’s letter?
Example: Paragraph 1: Her reason for writing

Question No. /

Match the Paragraphs to the purposes.

Paragraph 4 Paragraph 3 Paragraph 1 Paragraph 2
relevant experience
relevant skills
Her reason for writing
suitability for the job

5 Read the How to go about it box on page 202 before you do the following Writing Part 2 task.
You see the following advertisement in your local English-language newspaper:

We require English-speaking volunteers to help at a four-day international pop and rock music festival aimed at raising money for charity.
• What relevant music-related interests do you have?
• Do you have experience of working with people?
• How would you benefit from helping at this event?
Write to Paul Groves at Music for Life explaining why you would be suitable as a volunteer. WRITE IT NOW

Write your letter of application in 140–190 words.

teaching assistant
دستیار آموزشی
right person
فرد درست
in addition
علاوه بر این
pass on my skills
مهارتم را منتقل کنم
have the opportunity to
داشتن فرصت برای
well suited to
به خوبی مناسب است
احتیاج داشتن

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