2Writing Task 1: Writing an Email

Read the following information.

You have recently attended a parent-teachers meeting at your daughter’s high school. However, two of her teachers were absent in that meeting. You waited for more than an hour, but they did not come. Therefore, you were not able to assess your daughter’s progress in those two subjects.

Write an email to the principle of the school in about 150-200 words. Your email should do the following things:

  • Explain clearly the situation.
  • Explain how the teachers’ absence affected your perception of your daughter’s educational progress.
  • Describe how you want to resolve the issue.

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Sample answer

Dear Mr. Brown,

I am writing to bring to your kind notice the unprofessional conduct of two of your respected schoolteachers. During the last parent-teachers meeting, my daughter’s Math and French teachers did not care enough to attend the meeting. Many parents, including myself, have waited for them for nearly an hour, but to no avail.

As you may imagine, this incident has unfortunately prevented me to have a clear idea of my daughter’s learning progress, especially in those two important subjects. In fact, my daughter already feels unconfident about her French, especially after her unsatisfactory grade in her last assignment; hence, I was desperate to discuss the issue with her teacher in order to find learning strategies to overcome her difficulties. On the other hand, I had also hoped to talk with her Math teacher about her performance in class so as to assess her gradual improvement and encourage her scientific inclinations.

In brief Mr. Brown, I would be very grateful if you could arrange a meeting with the aforementioned teachers as soon as possible. I believe devoting an hour of their precious time for us is the least they can do. Hopefully they show up this time!

Sincerely,

Helen Smith

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Although I am quite certain that the majority of our colleagues will not be in favour of working on a weekend, but if it is mandatory and beneficial for the company, I would like to choose option B.

    To begin with, most of the employees in the company have plans for the weekend. Many of us have to take their family for outing or picnic, while others either have to visit their hometown or explore the nearby areas with friends. However, working for only two hours in the morning will not be much problem as people can still plan the rest of the day with their family without getting tired in office.

    In addition to this, the presence of full staff in the office will make the work effortless. Most of our work has a dependency on other departments, the absence of any concerned person may halt the work, and purpose of people working on weekends will not fulfil.

    In conclusion, I would like to prefer the proposal of working two hours in the morning by the full staff as this is more productive for the company and less tiresome for the employee.

  2. Dear Mr.Cullen,
    I am writing this due to the utter disappointment that I had faced due to the unprofessional and negligent behaviour of your school teachers, related to the children’s academic progress meeting.
    My daughter Maria Johns is in 10th grade in your school. Last Saturday, my husband and I came to attend the PTA meeting. Unfortunately, two of her main subject teachers (Biology and Maths) were not present over there. We waited there for more than 2hours, but they didn’t show up and to my surprise, no one had any idea where they are. This is my view is lack of responsibility and unprofessionalism!
    I believe that this type of meeting is extremely curious, as parents came to know about their kid’s overall performance at school. Teachers act as role models for their students; therefore, this type of carefree behaviour will give a negative impact on teenagers.
    I humbly request you to take your best foot forward and teach your staff some sense of responsibility. As their actions have long term effects on our children’s behaviour.
    I hope that you will take some strict actions considering the gravity of the situation.
    Regards,
    Sara Johns.

  3. Dear Mr John,

    I am writing this email to draw your kind attention toward the unprofessional behaviour of two of your staff members. During the last parent-teacher meet of my daughter, her Mathematics teacher and English teacher did not bother much to attend the meeting. I, along with many other parents, kept waiting for hours but they did not show up.
    Although my daughter grades have improved significantly in mathematics, still I wanted to meet her teacher to discuss further improvement plans. My appointment with her English teacher was utmost important because my daughter is not performing well in this subject. Moreover, she is unconfident about her English and is scared of upcoming exams. You can imagine how crucial it was to meet the tutors of these subjects.

    I would be grateful if you can arrange a meeting for an hour with teachers of these two subjects. I think devoting this time will make me aware of her weak areas and I can help her in enhancing her grades in the forthcoming exams.

    Yours sincerely,
    Peter

  4. I think most of our colleagues would not be comfortable working extra hours on Saturday, but if it has to be the case for the welfare of our company, then I would opine in favor of option B based on various grounds.

    Most of us are preoccupied every weekend, especially Saturday, wherein the some of us have to spend time with our kids, have to fulfill social duties, manage groceries, visit parents, etc.; accommodating long working hours might not fit in this regime. However, working couple of hours might be a key solution to this problem, wherein, we will be able to accomplish our personal tasks as well as spare time to catch up lagging work in office.

    Moreover, given the availability of a complete workforce, coordination, as well as task delegation, would be much easier. This could potentially resolve all the dependencies on the given day itself and a significant reduction in the total time required to accomplish a task. This way, we might catch up with delayed paperwork even before two months.

    On the other hand, calling half of the staff is also against the company’s policy of Equinamity among Employees, thus, creating differences at the professional level and would hamper enthusiasm among a few of us.

    Though some of our colleagues would favor option A, but, based on the above points I find myself inclining towards option B.

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