American English Conversation: Lesson 96

DIRECTIONS: Read the dialogues below in English, then translate them and read them in your primary language (if needed). You’re encouraged to read these dialogues with your teacher, tutor, colleagues, family, and friends to practice and improve your American English even further.

Topic: Asking for a Letter of Recommendation

Dialogue 1

Emma: Hi, Mr. Brown. How are you?
Mr. Brown: I’m fine, thank you, Emma. How can I help you?
Emma: Well, I was hoping to ask for your recommendation letter.
Mr. Brown: Of course, Emma. What kind of letter do you need and what’s it for?
Emma: It’s for my college application. They require two letters of recommendation from teachers, and I thought you would be the ideal person to write one for me.
Mr. Brown: That’s very flattering, Emma. Of course, I’d be happy to do that for you. Can you tell me more about the requirements for the letter?
Emma: Sure. It should emphasize my academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and personal qualities. It should also describe how well I performed in your class and my notable contributions.
Mr. Brown: Okay, I understand. When is the deadline for this letter?
Emma: The deadline is two weeks from now, but I hope to submit all my materials before that if possible.
Mr. Brown: No problem. Please send me an email with all the details you just gave me, along with the instructions on where to send it once the letter is complete.
Emma: Thank you so much, Mr. Brown! You’re the best!

Dialogue 2

Emily: Hi, Professor Johnson. How are you doing today?
Professor Johnson: I’m fine, Emily. What can I do for you?
Emily: Well, I’ve been considering applying to grad school next year, and I was wondering if you would be willing to write me a letter of recommendation.
Professor Johnson: Of course, Emily. I’d be happy to help you in any way I can. When do you need the letter by?
Emily: The application deadline is two months, so anytime before then would be great.
Professor Johnson: Okay, that gives me plenty of time. Can you send me your resume and some information about the schools you’re interested in?
Emily: Sure, I’ll email everything to you this afternoon.
Professor Johnson: Sounds good. Do you have any specific areas or topics you would like me to focus on in the letter?
Emily: Not really. Just highlight my strengths and mention how I stood out in class; maybe talk about any projects we worked on that impressed you.
Professor Johnson: Absolutely. You were an excellent student in my class, Emily, and I’m confident you’ll do well in whatever program you choose. I am happy to support your academic goals with a letter of recommendation.
Emily: Thank you so much, Professor Johnson. This means a lot to me.
Professor Johnson: It’s my pleasure, Emily. Best of luck with your grad school applications!

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