As you may know, in IELTS General Training writing task 1 you have to write a letter of 150 words or more.
For those of you taking the General Training test, here are two questions that I think you should ask yourself when you look at the letter writing task in your IELTS Writing test.
1. What is the purpose of the letter?
2. Should the tone of the letter be more formal in style (i.e. serious and official) or more informal in style (i.e. relaxed and friendly)?
Looking at examples from published IELTS tests, the purpose of the letter may be to make a complaint, to request help or information, to apologise, to say thank you, and/or to invite somebody to join you for a particular occasion.
In some cases, your letter should be more formal in style; in others, the tone of the letter should be more informal in style.
Take a look at the following IELTS General Training writing task 1 taken from a previously published test, and think about the purpose of the letter and what tone you should take.
Last month you had a holiday overseas where you stayed with some friends. They have just sent you some photos of your holiday.
Write a letter to your friends. In your letter
- thank them for the photos and for the holiday
- explain why you didn’t write earlier
- invite them to come and stay with you
I’ll post an example answer in a couple of days.
PS The photo above was taken by Omarukai in 2009.
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