Use appropriate level of formality for audience

Use appropriate level of formality for audience

Author: Kathryn Reilly

    Introduce informal language and when it is used in English composition with regard to the audience. 


    Introduce formal language, when it is used in English composition with regard to audience, and how to convert common informal words or phrases into more formal constructions.


This packet should help a learner seeking to understand English writing style and who is confused about how to write with the appropriate level of formality. It will explain the difference between formal and informal language. 

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Informal Language

This PowerPoint introduces informal language, focusing on contractions, idioms and slang. It also explains when to include and when to avoid informal language.

Source: Kathryn Reilly

Formal Language

This PowerPoint defines formal language, discusses when it should be used and provides examples of how to convert informal language into formal language.

Source: Kathryn Reilly

Great Website Resources

The following websites provide good information on using appropriate language:

Avoiding Cliches



Avoiding Idioms:



Avoiding Slang (with practice sentences):



Formal Language (with practice sentences):



Source: see above