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The lost art of writing an email…

Emails has made our lives much easier to communicate with each other, no matter how apart we are. But I agree with this article that as time gone by, people changed the way they used to write emails.

First of all, there has to be some kind of greeting at the beginning, even such a simple hello. Also, we obviously know the person to whom we are writing to, so why not addressing him with the name? Another thing which I condsider inpolite is when ending an email without a simple thank you or have a nice day.

In a face to face conversation, these are not accepted, so i don’t see why in the technological world  anyone think it’s acceptable.



4 comments on “The lost art of writing an email…

  1. thenarnianx
    November 6, 2013

    I wouldn’t consider it impolite to not say thank you or something similar at the end of an email since email has loads of uses which not all of them require the use of such words. For example if I want to send a friend some photos or a link to a website he or she will be more interested in the content of the email rather than any formalities which are found in the email. One has to also consider the fact that what I have just described is similar to text messages or im’s, other emails which have more importance probably require the use of these words.

  2. mariamicallef
    November 6, 2013

    Nowadays, emails have become more of a formal type of communication. For example, even in University whenever I send an email to a lecturer it is expected to be appropriate and formal. However, as Justin Tarte said in your link even just a simple smiley face or a thank you is enough to show your appreciation to the recieving person.
    Also, what I just mentioned is probably a reason to why not to use it in the classroom. In my eyes using for example Edmodo, Class Forums, Blogs and even the old-fashioned face-to-face are better ways to communicate. Although, emails can still have their advantages in certain situations.

  3. Seriously Virtual
    November 6, 2013

    I think that as for everything, the attitude you assume in an email depends on the context and your target recipient. The way you talk a friend, or a colleague, is probably different to the way you would talk to your boss. The same applies to written communication – however – whereas words are volatile (they are soon forgotten) text-based communication can stay there to haunt you! That is why, when writing and sending emails, one has to be more careful about what one says. There has to be careful thought before actually sending out an email. I think there is nothing wrong with showing courtesy to recipients at all time, especially if the recipients are students and learners. On the contrary I think this would be very important concept which we as educators have the duty to pass on to our learners.
    So when writing an email I would suggest the following words of advice:
    1. Consider your recipient – never treat your boss/colleague as though he/she is your best friend.
    2. Show respect and courtesy (this applies to whoever you send an email to)
    3. Keep in mind that an email is persistent. Be aware of the consequences that this may carry.

    I am sure there are other important issues which would be worth considering when sending out emails. Incidentally this is also part of a topic of the ICT curriculum. It might be a good idea to find out what students/learners think about this.

  4. sarahbuttigieg12
    November 6, 2013

    I perfectly agree with what you said. Although it does depend on the context and whom are you sending, I believe that a sign of respect should be shown to anyone, it can even be your parents. Small words such as “Thanks” give an email a totally different view! When it comes to education, students should see us as a role model, someone who inspires them so I think it is fundamental that when you address them, you have a certain level of formality and respect towards them, so that eventually they have the same attitude towards you. I find this quote very realistic and I think everyone should keep it in his mind: “ To get respect is to give respect, the more you don`t give, the less you get…”

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