Writing a formal email: enquiring about a course

As September arrives, we bring you some writing tips for enquiring about a course. You can see the useful expressions in bold (en negrita).


Tips:


  • Remember to use a formal register

  • Do not use contractions and informal expressions

  • If you don’t know the name of the person you are writing to, begin with Dear Sir/Madam, or To whom it may concern, and end with Yours faithfully,

  • Use expressions such as I would like…, I would be grateful if…

 

Example:


To whom it may concern,


I am writing to enquire about the course Photography for Beginners at Brighton College. I have read the course information and it looks like an enjoyable course. I would, therefore, like to ask for further information.


 It says on your website that the course takes place three evenings a week, however it does not specify which days. I would be grateful if you could confirm the exact days so that I can check my availability.


It also says that enrolment takes place in September at the college. Is it necessary to pay the fees in full in September? I would appreciate some more information on what I would need to bring to enrol on the course and how the payment should be made.


Yours faithfully,


Lucy Simons


Vocabulary:


Enrolment= matrícula


Fees = tasas