Introduction to Communication


For this assignment, you will write emails explaining a situation to both an employer and a friend.

employer has asked you to work on a day that you have already requested
off for personal reasons. You are unable to change your plans and must
therefore explain why you are unable to work (a family wedding or
similar event is a possible choice for this). Your friend has asked you
to assist him or her with moving on the same day. Again, you are unable
to help because of the same prior engagement.

  1. Write an email to your employer explaining why you are unable to work on the day specified.
  2. Write an email to your friend explaining why you are unavailable to help with his or her move.
  3. In a short, 1-page reflection, explain the differences between how
    you have communicated in the two emails. Familiarity with the other
    person, formality, type of language used, and other factors you may wish
    to include.
  4. Keep in mind the audiences to whom you are writing. Ideas of
    grammar, formality, and word choice may be very different depending on
    your audience, but in both cases, clarity and succinctness are

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