Here is the second tutorial on General IELTS Task 1 Letter writing.
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The aim of this tutorial is to help you:
- Understand the questions and the setting or context for the letter.
- Think about what to write – how to use the prompts that you are given in the question rubric.
- Understand how to start and how to finish your letters – with IELTS you cannot make mistakes on this!
- How to get your letter in a logical order which will help your coherence.
- How to use great grammar but make it sound natural
Let’s get going with our look at Cover letters and a more informal letter.
These letters require what we call ‘functional language’ which is specifically the kind of language used to perform certain tasks- for example in a Cover letter which is the letter which would go with your CV when you apply for a job you will need really useful phrase such as:
I am writing with reference to the position of computer programmer which I saw advertised in …..
I have previously worked as ……
This was a very successful internship/ job/ time in my life…..
I have always been interested in a career in ………………….
I consider myself to be ………………..
My skills include an ability to speak languages …..
I would very much like to join your team…
You could pause and write these down! These letters are of course much shorter than a real cover letter would be, so you need to be concise and precise but still manage to show this amazing language AND sell yourself!
Let’s look at a question and by the way all this vocabulary will also be useful for any Task 2 topic which talks about work, employment or careers.
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 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
As before the guide is to write at least 150 words and suggested time is about 20 minutes. So here are a few extracts from some of our student’s essays which might help you to think about what you need to do!
I am writing in response to the advert for a dentist in the jobs plus newspaper. I have attached my documents with this letter, which encompasses my curriculum vitae and qualification certificates.
I have acquired my undergraduate degree from the renowned University of Toronto and my academic grades have always been 90 percent, which is considered as a remarkable achievement. I have also done a vocational course of dental hygienist which I found very useful.
Add in _ I have recently qualified from Uni with a degree in ..
Comment – done a course – completed a course, … which I found very useful.
I am extremely enthusiastic regarding this job in your Multispecialty hospital as I have always aspired of working under your guidance. I would be working Currently I specialize in the endodontics and prosthodontics department and I am restless work tirelessly and am motivated for treating patients after joining and can work for approximately 12 hours a day as I feel satisfied performing dental procedures.
Comment – I am extremely hard working and motivated….
I have been working as a junior dentist in Alexa hospital in Alberta from the past 3 years and before that I have also attended a course on implant and have dealt with 40 cases of the same.
It would be grateful, if you consider me as a suitable candidate for the position of a dental surgeon.
Thank you for your consideration. I await your prompt reply.
Good letter, lots of useful information and all we need to do is add in some fixed expressions for this CONTEXT.
I am writing to request you to consider me / in reference to the for a job vacancy of Financial Analyst at your firm.
I completed my professional studies ……I have a professional certification that meets the requirement of the position advertised by your company. As a Certified Chartered Accountant, I am capable of analysing and evaluating financial statements for the purpose of management reporting. Additionally, I have experience in I could provide recommendations regarding the course of action that is required to be taken to rectify financial issues faced by the company.
Along with my qualifications, I have five years of experience in my current organization at a position which has where my job responsibilities have prepared me for the position of FA that you advertise. similar to the position I am applying for at your company. My weekly tasks involve reporting to the sales team regarding variances between budgets and actual revenue as well as expense figures.
***** I would also like to bring to your attention that I am extremely excited to apply for this position as I believe my past work exposure and my certifcate makes me a perfect match for this job. My zeal and dedication for my work has been remarked on by my current employer and hawill not disappoint you and I shall be able to prove myself as an asset for the company.
I would very much like to join your team as I believe my past work experience, qualifications and dedication make me ….
THIS is a really nice example of how to talk about yourself!
I am suitable for this role because I love talking to new customers each time. Not only I can work under pressure but also, I enjoy working in a team. I am good at solving customer problems on phone as well as in person.
It’s important to be able to write a good cover letter not just for IELTS but I know many of you will be applying for jobs once you have this exam! So USE these great expressions – they will add the formality you need, they will get you a great score as they are good examples of this kind of functional language we are talking about.
In contrast now lets look at informal – now I mean really informal and NOT neutral informal which you might need sometimes if you are writing to someone who you know but not well such as a tutor or colleague. This informal style is for friends – but obviously as its an exam we are not going as informal as you might REALLY write in an email
Here you CAN use phrasal verbs, idiomatic language and contractions – indeed it’s a good idea to SHOW a contraction just to prove you know its ok!
You began working in a new company.
Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,
– explain why you resigned from your previous job
– describe your new work
– tell him / her other updates regarding your life
You should write at least 150 words.
Hi, dear Yang, Hi Yang,
Hope this letter finds you well! It has been a long time since I met you last time. / It’s been ages since I last saw you! I just wanted to tell you that I have just left my old job because ………I left my last job, for the reason I can’t bear micromanagement of the new boss anymore. It used to be a great job, until the reorganization happened. So, I quitted and have been busy was busy finding a new job.
Fortunately, last week I’ve got a new job, with a decent salary. It’s great It is because I moved up the ladder by changing a company. My job roles are similar to what I did before in that I am in charge of development of the new recommender system – it which guesses and suggests our customers what they probably want to buy. It was / is fascinating work, although a bit demanding.
One last thing I didn’t tell you – I’m engaged – with/ the guy you’ve heard of. He works as a product manager at Macrohard Company. I think we should have dinner together some time, does next weekend work for you? Waiting for your reply!
Best Wishes, love . see you soon,
I hope you and everyone in your family are in good health. I am writing this letter to share my experience of working at a new place. I just wanted to write and tell you my news / what I am up to!
As you know, I started working in a nursing home after passing my Registered nurse Licence entrance exam. At the beginning, I had high expectations and was excited to work as a nurse. However, to be honest , this job did not provide me sense of satisfaction – the job wasn’t very fulfilling / satisfying as it was mostly an administrative role…as it involved administrative role only. So instead I applied for……………Therefore, I did apply for vacancy on medical surgical floor at the hospital in Thunder bay, Ontario.
I was very keen on getting this job and finally, I got lucky! I secured this golden opportunity. I am really enjoying this new work life with challenging responsibilities. I do work/ sit with our patients at patient’s bedside, attend board meetings, work as a team leader, learn to operate different equipment and so on. I am glad being able to apply theoretical knowledge to practice skills to collect hands on experience.
It has been a long time since I heard from you. Do write back when you have time.
Love and regards,
So – that’s it for now about letter! I hope you have found this useful – we have looked at two types of Task 1 General letters – cover letters and informal ones I hope I have shown you some useful expressions and some ideas about context, content and register.
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