Task 1 General Training: Semi-Formal Letter Request to Employer
You are working in a company. You would like to join a training course related to your work. Write a letter to your employer, in your letter
- describe what course you would like to do
- how this course might help in your work
- suggest a suitable time for you to do this course.
Dear Mr. Jones,
I am writing to you to ask your permission to attend a Spanish class on Thursday evenings.
Over the last few months
we have seen an astonishing increase in the number of Spanish speaking customers at “Jones Camera Shop”. While I do speak some Spanish,
I have not practised a lot in the past few
years and I am clearly lacking some technical terms.
I have already discussed taking up lessons with my manager, Mr. Kent, and he agreed it would benefit our customer service,
he wants me to ask your permission before enrolling.
The most suitable class nearby takes place on Thursdays from 5.30 pm, which would require me to leave the shop at around 5 pm until the end of April.
All in all
I hope you will agree that taking the class will help us to provide better assistance to our customers. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your decision at your earliest convenience.
I have put the corrections in the one above. Just a few minor points about it:Complex Sentences – Adverbial Clauses
Remember with adverbial clauses, you must put a comma after the dependent clause if you start the sentence with it:
Some other points:All in all
While I do speak some Spanish, (comma here) I have not practised a lot in the past few years and I am clearly lacking some technical terms.
= don’t use this to end a letter. This is used for conclusions (or concluding sentences) in essays. You don’t really need to have anything here in a letter.Certainly
= This does not work where you have put it. It means ‘definitely’.