in ‘Requesting Strategies’ in E-mail between Adults and Children
All of the adults used 'supportive move' (i.e., speaker's
intention to mitigate his/her request), and 46.2 % of children utilized
The structure of children’s letters
was simple, composed of only Greeting - Self-introduction -
that of adults' letters showed the method:
(3) Over 53 % of children's E-mails were considered a lower classification than those of the adults' E-mails.
conclusion, the following are ‘requesting strategies’ of
(a) Children can write ‘request E-mails’ without ’supportive movement’.
(b) It is appropriate for children to write ’direct request E-mails’.
This study suggests that an E-mail such as Greeting - Self-introduction - Request is sufficient enough to be a children's proposal for exchanging E-mails.
(75 words in maximum)
‘request Emails’ of English-speaking children (7 - 15) were
compared with thirteen request E-mails of English-speaking adults (19 -
44) to study the structure and characteristics of ‘requesting
The main findings include (1) 46.2 % of children used 'supportive move.' (2) The structure of children's letters was Greeting - Self-introduction - Request. This study suggests that the structure: Greeting - Self-introduction - Request is appropriate for a ‘children's request’.