Students often ask us how to write different kinds of letters so we thought we would help by doing a series of posts that guide you through how to write different types of letters that may come up in the General Training Writing module. First let’s have a look at letters offering advice.
Step 1 - Analyze the question
Here is an IELTS General Training Writing Task 1 question:
An English friend wants to visit your country or region for a short holiday and has written asking you for advice and information. 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. Look at the questions below and answer them yourself before you click to open our answers.
Questions about the Prompt
1. What is the topic of the letter you must write?
Helping a friend plan a holiday.
2. What is the function of the letter you must write?
To offer advice and suggestions about the holiday.
3. How many different things must you include?
An offer about accommodation, advice about activities, and suggestions on what to bring, must all be included in the letter. Each bullet point from the prompt should form a paragraph of your response.
|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
Cause And Effect
Coherence And Cohesion
Complete The Notes
Complete The Table
Frequently Asked Questions
General Training Reading
General Writing Task 1
General Writing Task 2
Listening Section 1
Listening Section 2
Listening Section 3
Listening Section 4
Speaking Part 1
Speaking Part 2
Speaking Part 3
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