We have already looked at how to write a letter giving suggestions and making a complaint. In this free lesson we are going to study how to approach a letter in which you have to make a request.
Here is an IELTS General Training Writing Task 1 prompt (instruction):
You stayed at your friend’s house when you participated in a conference in a different city. You left a file with important documents in your friend’s house. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:
Begin your letter as follows: ‘Dear…...,’
Before you write anything you need to break the question down and plan your response. In the test this should take you around 5 minutes. The more time you spend planning the better you will write.
Understand the Prompt
It's very important we understand what the task is asking us. Check with the questions below.
Choose an answer for each question or statement below
|I am writing to about the temperature of the room in the King’s Hotel from the 14th-20th of August this year. I booked and paid for the room in your famous hotel on the internet and was expecting excellent quality and service. , the temperature in London was unusually high and the room, located close to the kitchens, was uncomfortably hot. It was so hot that I could not sleep and the heat made me quite dehydrated and sick. I was unable to enjoy my stay and had to change hotel.|
|, I complained to the reception staff but they were unhelpful. I asked to be changed to another room but I was not allowed to change, there were obviously rooms available. , I asked to speak to you directly, but the staff made excuses about why I couldn’t speak with a manager. After 2 nights at the King’s Hotel, I felt fed up and quite unhealthy. make the most of my holiday to London, I moved across town to the Queen’s hotel, where I was given a room with AC and the staff were very pleasant and helpful.|
|I that you reprimand your reception staff and give them further training for how to deal with this type of problem. I would also be for a full refund for the nights of the 16th-20th August in which I had to stay at a different hotel.|
|I hearing back from you and receiving my refund.|
|Mr. B. Phillipson|
|1.||Do you know the name of the manager?|
|2.||What city was the hotel in?|
|3.||Was the room too hot or cold?|
|4.||Did you solve the problem or move to another hotel?|
|5.||Does the writer want a refund or something else?|
Match the Phrase with the Function
You have been living in a rental apartment for the past year. Recently a new neighbour moved in and has been making a lot of noise, which disturbs you. You have not yet met the neighbor.
Write a letter to the new neighbour. In your letter:
- explain the situation
- describe why it bothers you
- suggest a solution
Write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write any address.
Begin your letter as follows:
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Step 1 - Analyze the question
- Offer to help your friend find somewhere to stay
- Give advice about what your friend should do in your country or region
- Give information about what clothes your friend needs to bring
Begin your letter as follows: ‘Dear…...,’
Step 2 - Think of details
Think about the questions below before you open our answers.
Step three - Think about the tone
The salutation should be ‘Dear + first name’. For example, ‘Dear Sally,’. Don’t use Mr. or Mrs. with a family name as this is much too formal.
To end the letter, you could use one of these informal sign off expressions - regards, my warmest regards, take care
If you feel confident with it, you may use some colloquial or slang vocabulary in your letter. If you don’t use colloquialisms, you will not lose marks so only use it if you are sure you can use it correctly.
An example colloquialism is 'How are things?' rather than 'How are you?'
Step 4 - write your letter
Step 5 – Check for Mistakes
Let's practice our letter writing language with some interactive activities.
Practice Activity 1
|I hope you are well. I’m so delighted you are coming to Kerala next month. It would be great you stayed with me and my family, say hi and send you their best wishes by the way. Otherwise, if you prefer, I can easily book you a reasonably priced and nice hotel in the old town you can be more independent.|
|As I told you when we last met, there are lots of fun things to do in and around my city. If I were you, I’d spend some time exploring the old churches and palaces in Kochi sampling some of our delicious local food. There are several interesting museums and art galleries in Kochi I’m sure you’d enjoy. Outside of town, one place you really should visit is Varkala beach, you will want to spend a day or two swimming and relaxing. Also, you ought to go to the excellent Periyar national park in the mountains you might spot tigers and elephants if you are lucky.|
|You need to bring a range of clothes you will experience tropical heat at sea level but more temperate conditions in the mountains at Periyar. it’s hot by the coast make sure you bring some loose trousers to keep the mosquitoes off you in the evenings. I also recommend a sunhat.|
|Please let me know exactly you’re coming I can meet you at the airport. It’ll be great to see you and hang out again after so long.|
|See you soon,|
Practice Activity 2
Practice Activity 3
- Offer a place to live for him/her.
- Give advice about how to find a part-time job.
- Give information on where they can learn your language
Begin your letter as follows: ‘Dear…’
You should write at least 150 words.
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About The IELTS Test
Academic Writing Task 1
Academic Writing Task 2
Band 7 Grammar
Cause And Effect
Coherence And Cohesion
Complete The Notes
Complete The Table
Data And Figures
Frequently Asked Questions
General Training Reading
General Writing Task 1
General Writing Task 2
Grammatical Range And Accuracy
Listening Section 1
Listening Section 2
Listening Section 3
Listening Section 4
Problem Solution Essay
Speaking Part 1
Speaking Part 2
Speaking Part 3
True / False / Not Given