IELTS General Task 1 – overview
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Sample letters to make a complaint
A formal complaint
You have eaten at a restaurant and it was such a terrible experience that you have decided to inform the manager by letter of what happened, and that you want your money back. Things to include:
– Facts. You need to be concise but explain what happened.
– Polite. No one responds to insults.
– Outline what you wish from this. What do you want to happen?
– Firmness. You want to be taken seriously.
Your next door neighbour owns a small dog that barks throughout the day and the night. Write a letter to your neighbour requesting that something be done about the dog. Include in your letter:
– Your reason for writing
– What you would like to happen
– A nice, respectful style
You ordered an item from an online store and it has arrived damaged.
Write a letter to the retailer to complain. In the letter:
– Explain why you are unhappy
– Request a refund
– Make arrangements to return the damaged item
Your internet connection has been slow and intermittent.
Write a letter to your internet service provider to complain. In the letter:
– Describe the problem and why you are unhappy
– Arrange for an engineer to visit your home
– Request a reduction in your bill
Useful phrases to make a complaint
|I am not happy about||I want you to know that|
|I am writing to express my dissatisfaction with||I am writing to express my annoyance with|
|I am very much unhappy with||I must complain about|
|I feel something should be done about||I am writing to you to complain|
Sample letters to make an application
A job application Cover letter
You are applying for a job. As well as attaching a CV, you need to write a cover letter explaining your reasons for choosing this particular job at this particular company, and why you would be a good hire. Things to include are:
– Possible qualifications or reasons for you to be hired
– Your energy and enthusiasm for the job
– Your past experience in a similar position.
The school library is seeking applicants for a job over summer break. Write a letter to the library’s manager, in your letter include:
– A brief introduction of yourself
– Your experience and relevant skills
– Why you want the job
You would like to join the local orchestra.
Write a letter of application to the orchestra. In the letter:
– Introduce yourself and your instrument of choice
– Explain how your credentials make you a good candidate
– Express your enthusiasm for music
Your children go to a local school that requires volunteers to accompany school science trips.
Write a letter to the school to apply to be a volunteer. In the letter:
– Introduce yourself and give details of your children who attend the school
– Explain why you are interested in the position
– Talk about any relevant experience that you have with children
Useful phrases to make an application
|I am writing in relation to the advertised position of…||Please find my CV attached…|
|If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me…||I am available between the hours of 2pm and 4pm Monday – Thursday.|
|I am writing to apply for the position of…||My responsibilities included….|
|My most recent job was…||I believe I have all the relevant experience required…|
Sample letters to invite
Your friends recently moved to a new city. You will also be moving to the same city. Write a letter to your friends and include:
– Ask where to find a place to live
– Tell them what type of place you’re looking for
– Share some fun things you would like to do when you get there
You will be graduating from university and would like to invite your family to the ceremony.
Write a letter of invitation to your parents. In the letter:
– Explain that you have completed your studies
– Give details of the event, including time, date and dress code
– Let them know how many tickets they have and who they are for
You have won a holiday to Hawaii with one extra ticket.
Write a letter to someone to invite them along with you. In the letter:
– Explain what has happened and that you would like them to come
– Give details of when the trip will take place
– Inform the person of the things they will need for the trip
Useful phrases to invite or reply to an invite
|I am writing you in response to your invitation||With the reference of your proposal|
|Please do let me know if you can make it||Thank you for your kind invite however, unfortunately|
|I am writing to reply to your kind invitation regarding the||Do let me know if you can make it|
|It would be delightful to have you here||Please RSVP as soon as possible|
Sample letters to advise
Write a letter to the newspaper editor about an experience you had at a restaurant. The experience can be good or bad. Describe your experience in detail and state whether or not you recommend others to visit the restaurant.
A friend is considering buying a house nearby, but you have decided to leave the area due to a rise in crime.
Write a letter to your friend advising them not to move into the neighbourhood. In your letter:
– Recommend that your friend not go ahead with the purchase
– Give the reasons behind your decision to leave
– Suggest possible alternative areas that you know
Useful phrases to advise
|I am happy to advise you that||I strongly advise you to/not to|
|It would/might be a good idea to||The best thing for you to do is|
|I honestly believe it would be better to||Please do consider my advice because|
|In my honest opinion I would||I would strongly suggest you consider|
Sample letters to apologise
A Formal Apology and Explanation
You have received a letter from your university of Albion demanding a reason for your absence
from an exam. You were ill that day, but failed to submit the evidence. Write a letter to the
Examinations Committee explaining your situation. You should include:
– Apologies for the situation
– Identification for yourself (Name, Student Number, Case Number)
– An explanation of what had happened and any possible evidence you may have
– Possible resolutions to consider.
You agreed to take a particular job over the summer, but due to unforeseen circumstances, you can no longer take the position. Write a letter including:
– Explaining your situation
– An apology
– Express that you would be interested in the position next summer
You recently applied for 2 separate jobs. Both have chosen to hire you, but you must write a letter to 1 of them explaining why you are unable to take the position. Include in your letter:
– An apology
– An explanation of your situation
You have not seen a close friend for a very long time. You also still have a few of your friend’s belongings that were left at your house the last time she visited. In your letter include:
– Why you are writing
– What you’ve been doing since you last spoke together
– Apologize for still having the items and ask how you can return them
Useful phrases to apologise
|I regret to inform you||I am writing to apologise|
|It is with my deepest regret that||I would like to apologise|
|I sincerely apologise for||I do apologise for any inconvenience caused|
|I hope that this does not cause you any problems||I would strongly suggest you consider|
Sample letters to make a request
A new neighbour has moved in next door and has taken your main rubbish bin.
Write a letter to your new neighbour requesting that they return the item. In the letter:
– Explain that new bins must be sourced from the local council
– Request that the person returns your bin immediately
– Inform the person of what further actions you will take should they not return your bin
You would like to be work in a different city to be closer to your family.
Write a letter to your employer to request a transfer to another office. In the letter:
– Explain why you would like to move
– Request that your employer place you in a specific city
– Request that it be completed by a certain date
You live near a record shop that sells music, movies, and books.
Write a letter to the shop asking if they have a few different items that you are looking for.
– Ask what the prices are and if they can be orders
– Ask when they would arrive and if you can have them held in advance.
You recently used a taxi and left some important documents there. Write a letter to the taxi manager and say:
– Describe what you left and where it happened.
– Why are these papers important?
– What would you like the manager to do about it?
Dear Sir / Madam,
I am writing in regards to a recent journey I made in a vehicle from your fleet on June 1st, 2018, more specifically, from London Mayfair to Piccadilly station, starting around 4 pm and finishing 30 minutes later.
Immediately after entering the taxi that afternoon I immediately started reviewing some very important documents containing confidential client data. I have strong reason to believe I left these documents in the cab upon reaching the destination.
These papers are of enormous value because of the information contained, and if they fall into the wrong hands there could be profoundly serious implications for myself, and possibly your firm too. The documents concern an extremely sensitive governmental topic regarding national security, it is therefore of paramount importance they are found and returned to me as soon as possible.
As a result of this, I need your firm to check the security camera in the cab of the aforementioned date and time, and please send a copy to this email address: [email protected] In addition, I would be terribly grateful if you could forward the contact details of the driver as I would like to contact him before the situation spirals out of control.
Your assistance in this matter is of dire importance, furthermore, I would like to believe we can solve this between ourselves without the Police or MI5 interference.
Useful phrases to make a request
|Could you please / possibly||Please would you consider|
|Would it be possible to||Would you be kind enough to|
|Is there any way you could … ?||I would strongly suggest you consider|
|(informal) Can you ..?||(informal) Will you ..?|
Informal letter samples
Your sibling has sent you a letter asking for an update on your life.
Write a letter to your sibling. In your letter:
– Describe what you did for your last birthday
– Ask for photos of your sibling’s last holiday
– Talk about something you are looking forward to
Your best friend is moving back to your city after being overseas for five years.
Write a letter to convince your friend to move in with you. In the letter:
– Explain how much you have missed your friend
– Describe how you feel about your friend’s return
– Give reasons that you and your friend should share a home
Write a letter to a pen pal. This can be your first letter or a letter you’re writing after knowing your pen pal for a long time. Include details you would normally include when writing to a pen pal in this situation.
Useful phrases for informal letters
|Hello/Hi NAME / Hi there||I was wondering of you could help me.|
|I’m sorry to tell you that||I should let you know that|
|I hope you’re well||It’s been ages since I’ve heard from you|
|Lots of love||Thanks very much|
Sample letter to inform
A letter to inform is used whenever the sender (you) would like to inform the receiver of some information. The information you wish to convey could be related to just about anything. Below is a list of topics or concepts your letter may cover
– Inform about a death/ engagement/ wedding/ special life event
– Inform about an acceptance or rejection of application
– Inform about the receipt of a document or package
– Inform about a current event
The purpose of an “inform” letter is to make sure that whatever important news the receiver has to get is clear and articulate. You want to ensure that your letter has a structure. This would include your introduction, your body and ultimately your conclusion.
The introduction- here you want to set up the conversation of the letter. This can include a greeting, an enquiry about how the receiver is doing and then depending on how well you know the receiver a brief introduction of who you are.
Example: Letter to inform about an upcoming wedding
This is Jill, we met at the art exhibition last year. I hope this email finds you well.
The body – Once the introduction is complete you need to write the reason for your “inform letter”.
Jack and I engaged! I would love it so very much if you could make it to our wedding. You played a huge role in us getting together and it only makes sense that you are part of the big day.
The conclusion – this section is where you close your letter. You can make any final requests or list any final requirements
By the way, I lost all my contacts as my phone was stolen. This is my new number 123 456 789. I look forward to hearing back from you.
Your friend, Jill
Latest 2018 General Task 1 questions
1. You have recently visited a sports centre and discovered some problems and the poor condition of a changing room there. You have made a complaint earlier, but still no action was taken. Write a letter to the facility manager about it. In your letter:
– Describe the problems
– Include details of your complaint
– Say what actions you would like them to take.
2. Your child’s school has arranged a trip abroad for students. The principal of the school asked some parents to join the trip to help. Write to the school principal and say:
– Why do you want to join the trip?
– How could you help during the trip?
– Ask some questions about the trip.
3. You recently stayed in a hotel and an employee was very helpful to you. Write a letter to the hotel management to tell them what happened. In your letter:
– Describe the situation
– Explain what happened
– Say what you would like the manager to do
4. There is a problem with the changing rooms in the sports centre that you visit. You have complained several times but with no success. Write a letter to the manager of the sports centre. In your letter:
– Describe what the problem with the changing rooms is
– Say what happened the last times you complained
– Explain what you want the manager to do
5. Your child is going away on a school trip for three days to another country. The head teacher wants some parents to join the trip and you would like to go. Write a letter to the head teacher. In your letter:
– Say why you would like to go
– Suggest what you could do to help during the trip
– Ask some more questions about the trip
6. Write a letter to hotel manager praising a staff member. In your letter:
– Explain the situation
– What they did
– What you want manager to do.
7. You are getting married soon. Write a letter to your friend from a different country and invite him/her to the wedding. In your letter:
– Describe your future wife/husband.
– What will happen at the wedding
– Why do you want to invite him/her
8. You have had problems with a changing room in a sports center. You have made some complaints but nothing has been done about it. Write a letter to the manager stating:
– The issues with the changing rooms
– What has been done about it
– What you want the Manager to do.
9. Write a letter to colleague who gave you a book that helped you for a presentation at work. You should:
– Describe the presentation
– Why was it important
– How did it help you.
10. Your child is going on a trip to another country for 3 days. School is looking for some parents who can join the trip and you decided to apply for the same. You are interested in going with trip. Write a letter to the head of the school and include:
– Why you want to join the team
– What you can do to assist
– Queries related to the trip.
11. The local council is about to destroy children playground in your area because it is under use. write a letter and tell them:
– Why it is not well used
– What can be done so more people can use it.
1. City council is planning to pull down one of the historic buildings in your town, because they do not have funds to renovate it. As a citizen, you don’t want it to happen. Write a letter to the city council and say
– What is the importance of the building?
– Why should it be renovated?
– Suggest a plan to raise funds and maintain the building in the future.
2. Write a letter to your friend about a job offer that can be suitable for him/her and say
– Describe the job.
– What are the facilities available?
– Why is this job suitable for him/her?
3. You recently started commuting to work by bicycle and discovered that there is a problem with bicycle parking near the building where you work. Write a letter to the building manager and say
– Explain the reason for using a bicycle to commute.
– What problems have you encountered with parking?
– What are your recommendations to solve them?
4. You work in a company and need to take a certain course. Write a letter to your manager and say
– Explain why you need this training course.
– Where and when will you take it?
– How will the company benefit from it?
5. Write a letter to your friend about a book that you have read recently. Include the following in your letter:
– Describe the book.
– Why do you want him/her to read it?
– Tell him/her how to get the book.
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