IELTS WRITING Dr.

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IELTS WRITING TASK -2

In Writing Task 2 you receive a topic and you have to write an essay of 250 words. This task has more weight than Writing 1. It also takes longer – 40 minutes, when Writing 1 takes only 20 minutes. The topic of essay can be one of 3 possible types: i. Argument topic: appears in exam in 75% cases ii. Persuasion topic: appears in exam in 20% cases iii. Narrative: appears in exam in 5% cases

Any essay you write on any topic must have structure – you receive (or lose ) points for it. Structure means at least 4 paragraphs (5 is better). First paragraph is introductory, the next two or three is the actual essay – its body, and the last one for conclusion. The first thing to do is to understand what kind of topic is before you. Next:  For argument – you need to explain both sides and agree with one of them  For persuasion/opinion – you need to present another point of view and say which one you agree with and why  For narrative/discuss a problem – you need to explain it, discuss and offer solution and discuss it too.

No matter what type of essay you are writing, you must provide some facts, evidence and information. When you explain the problem – evaluate it; say when/where/who for it is especially difficult. If you present an idea of solution – discuss it; say what its good and bad sides are. Add examples from your own experience to support what you’re saying.

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.Question pattern: Most Argument topic will end with this line: Discuss both sides & what is your opinion?” For instance: “Some people say that self employment is better than a job in company or an institution. 2. B) Writing body:    2nd paragraph must contain the argument you are supporting 3rd paragraph must contain the argument you are not supporting Start 2nd paragraph with the sentence: To begin with/it is a fact that…… Start 3rd paragraph with the sentence: However.1st para b) Body---. there are arguments against….Question pattern: Most Argument topic will end with this line: To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?” Or Is it a positive or negative development? For instance: Societies ought to enforce capital punishment or Are there alternative forms of punishment that would be better used.4th para d) A) Writing Introduction: You must mention your opinion (the argument/issue you are supporting) in the introduction/1st paragraph. Answering Argument topic: Should be answered in 4 paragraphs: a) Introduction--.2nd & 3rd para c) Conclusion---. Answering Argument topic: Should be answered in 4 paragraphs: a) Introduction--.2nd & 3rd para c) Conclusion---. Discuss both sides & what is your opinion?” Persuasion topic 1.Difference between an Argument and Persuasion topic: Argument topic 1.4th para A) Writing Introduction: Never mention your opinion (the argument/issue you are supporting) in the introduction/1st paragraph. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?” 2.1st para b) Body---. B) Writing body:     2nd paragraph must contain the argument you are not supporting 3rd paragraph must contain the argument you are supporting Start 2nd paragraph with the sentence: On the one hand… Start 3rd paragraph with the sentence: On the other hand…  2 .

C) Writing Conclusion: C) Writing Conclusion: Rules of Writing conclusion of Argument topic: Almost the same 1. All the conclusion needs is three or four strong sentences. Discuss the advantages of both approaches and give your opinion…………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………… 3 . which do not need to follow any set formula. do not add new information. While doing this you should simply review the main points (being careful not to restate them exactly or repeat all your examples) and briefly describe your feelings about the topic. SAMPLES OF ARGUMENT TOPICS: SAMPLE 1: Some countries require that school children are taught one foreign language. & conclusion is the part of your essay where you MUST mention the side you are taking. Summarize what was said before. while other countries do not require any foreign languages to be taught. 2. Argument topic wants your opinion. You must mention why you are taking this side & also mention why you aren't taking opposing side.

B: Try to memorize those bold lines and use in every argument topics 4 . So it is a matter of debate. I prefer learning an additional foreign language at school. considering the fact of international communication. as both critics & advocates seem to have plenty of arguments in support of their views. N. one in the foreign country needs to communicate with other people for accommodation. for students who are going to study abroad. For instance. however.Today. when one searches a subject on the net. because most of the websites are in English. a student who knows an international language is very comfortable in understanding when he or she participates at an international seminar or conference. The advocates of this view argue that teaching one foreign language is valuable for school going children. In spite of the fact that teaching just one language in school can preserve the traditional culture and original language. teaching one foreign language at schools is worthy. in the overseas trips. Firstly. the official language of their country is getting threatened by learning foreign language. students are overloaded with learning more than one language and they will have problem for learning main subjects. Others. it is necessary to know other language especially English. Different countries have different languages and there are more than 95 languages in the world. In addition. justify their attitudes with the following reasons. knowing a foreign language is necessary. For example. school children do learn a foreign language during their educational years. In the first place. Secondly and more importantly. In my opinion. it is debatable whether learning one foreign language at school is required or not. some people argue that school children should be taught one foreign language is better. For instance. Secondly. relation and communication. people generally believe that existence of an international language in the world plays an essential role in research. On the one hand. On the other hand. According to the survey of Iran Ministry of Education and Training. the original language is mixed with foreign slangs and it will cause big trouble in their literature. Lastly. point out three major reasons. In some countries. traveling etc. For example most of the universities require IELTS certificate for enrollment. Lastly. people in favor of not to teach any foreign language at primary/secondary schools. In conclusion. further education in other countries and overseas travels. disagree & believe that teaching foreign language at primary/secondary school could have negative impact on school going children. the traditional culture of country is protected from other languages. 75% of successful students are bilingual. dining. language is the most important tool for communication and relation between people all around the word. she or he must be good at English.

For bad crimes prison life sentences can be given with criminals imprisoned for the rest of their lives. If a man is in prison. To begin with. then Society will be more secured. Last but not least. because of executing one person in 2007. he can be released if later proved not guilty. by using the rule of the capital punishment for the crimes in the society so far will be reduced. however disagree & support alternative punishments. other criminals get threatened and they will not do similar offence/crime. The last survey that has done by UCN in 2005 illustrates that families felt more social security if an offender is killed regarding social principle rules. Previously most countries employed this method of punishment but nowadays it is much less widely used. 5% of crimes were reduced significantly. using psychological hospitals. Execution of a dangerous killer assures cessation of the repetition of serious offence like murder. according to the statistics from Justice Ministry of Iran. For instance. it seems to me if a criminal is killed for his or her crime. from what has been discussed above. 5 . If he is dead. Secondly and more importantly. Consequently. others. There are arguments against capital punishment. when capital punishment is used for one. I can understand this point of view but I cannot agree with it.B: Try to memorize those bold lines and use in every persuasion topics ……………………………………………………………………………………………. N. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?” Capital punishment is the killing of a criminal for a crime that he has committed. I firmly hold that societies ought to enforce capital punishment for crimes such as killing a great number of people but for particular case. there is nothing that can be done. I personally do believe that societies today should use capital punishment. People generally believe that a criminal will never do the same crime for which one was given death penalty. prisons and financial booking are the better ways. People can be wrongly convicted and executed. All in all. we can see less crime compared to the other times. Many people feel it is Inhumane we shouldn't sink to the level of criminals.SAMPLES OF PERSUASION TOPICS: SAMPLE 2: Societies ought to enforce capital punishment or Are there alternative forms of punishment that would be better used. People in favor of capital punishment argue that it is mandatory for societies to stop crime. There are alternative punishments available.

anybody can use internet as it is easy and efficient. This has not only hindered the family communication but also affected the mental health and studies of youngsters. but it should be used in proper way. Internet communication is definitely the best option. • Avoid using the active voice and the first person singular. But it is up to the users how to use it efficiently. ……………………………………………………………………………………………… Appropriate style & tone for both writing task 1. Right from school children to old people. Internet has number of websites providing electronic mail (email) facility. Secondly. Thirdly. don’t.Some people say that the Internet is making the world smaller by bringing people together. absolutely. because of social networking sites on internet youngsters are sharing their personal information with strangers which I think may result in fatal fraud. use extremely. It is observed that youngsters are wasting their time in chatting with their friends abroad. so. most phrasal verbs are idiomatic in nature. Today. internet is better option of communication. Young generation today. these websites also offer online chatting facility wherein one can get instant response from person at the other end. highly. nobody needs to write letter and post it. 6 . • Avoid using phrasal verbs which tend to be used in informal writing and conversation. Firstly. as internet has many options for instant communication. On one hand. entirely. one can use webcam and have face to face interaction irrespective of where the other person is around the globe. in a formal letter you should write: ‘A copy of the receipt will forwarded to you as soon as possible’ instead of ‘I will send you a copy of the receipt asap. etc. there are number of disadvantages of internet communication. that is. is addicted to the use of internet.’ • Avoid using informal intensifiers such as really. all of us are aware of the negative impact of porn sites on young generation. there are number of advantages of internet communication. On the other hand. • Do not use abbreviations such as info for information or ads for advertisements. To what extent do you agree that the internet is making it easier for people to communicate with one another? Nowadays internet is becoming very popular mean of communication. In addition. for example. their meaning cannot usually be inferred from their individual parts. fully instead. Email reaches to the recipient at the same time you send it. use seek a job instead of look for a job. In conclusion. So it is way faster than traditional postal mail or currier.2 The following are the basic features of formal style: • All verbs forms must be written in full: do not write contractions such as can’t. Hence they have no time to talk to their parents or siblings. Today.

But is banning it such a good idea after all?’ • Avoid the overuse or misuse of certain logical connectors. ‘I am not going to pay you a penny’ instead of ‘Your fee will not be paid. and replacing them with often and many much. so you need plenty of time to answer it.’ • using the modal verbs may and might ‘This may be the most important factor. For Writing Task 2. for example by: • Using one as a subject: ‘One may ask whether. stop to locate and select the most important pieces of information. for example by: • Using There as a subject: ‘There is a serious risk of. furthermore and moreover. Make sure that you plan your ideas before you begin to write. Make sure that.• Avoid using informal discourse markers and link words such as besides or by the way and use incidentally instead.. take time to organise your ideas and argument.. In addition..’ to avoid using land we • Avoid using rhetorical questions: ‘Smoking is dangerous. for Task 1. • Use formal vocabulary. • Use more formal grammar.’ • Use an impersonal style by avoiding the use of personal pronouns.. Make sure that you follow all instructions including the number of words that you need to write. • Do not use set phrases and idioms. for example.. leaving out the subject I in ‘Hope to hear from you soon.. you should do the following: • Employ more tentative rather than assertive language by: • using possibly and probably in front of verbs and noun phrases: ‘This is possibly caused by.’ • avoiding always and every. For Writing Task1. Make sure that you stop Writing Task 1 after 20 minutes to allow enough time to answer Writing Task 2. for example. for example. DOs and DON'Ts:       Make sure that you read all of the information in the questions very carefully and respond appropriately.’ A more academic style will contain all of the features for formal style listed above. you use figures or data from the question paper accurately.. Besides is informal. discuss rather than talk about.’ • using It as a subject: ‘It is very difficult to.’ or ‘This is probably the most important factor. Use In addition or also instead. Remember that Writing Task 2 carries more marks..’ • Avoid ellipsis (leaving out words).’ (One is a formal version of You) • Using the passive voice: ‘Many things can be done to. and both furthermore and moreover mean that the following information is more important than the information before. 7 .. especially besides.’ • using appears to and seems to: ‘This appears to be the most important factor..

and if the topic asks you to write to someone you know. Don’t simply copy words and phrases from the question paper. Don't repeat task instructions in your writing. Don’t leave out any required information. phrases and ideas too often. Make sure that you produce organized and linked paragraphs and that the style of your language is academic. 8 . contracts. Try to check for spelling mistakes. So here is what you need to know about the styles of writing in IELTS. The difference between formal and informal styles is mainly in the vocabulary. For General Training candidates. If the task requires formal writing – avoid using informal vocabulary. tense mistakes and problems of fluency. that is an informal letter – as opposed to writing to someone you don’t know. Try to use a range of vocabulary. verb and subject agreement. avoid using formal ‘heavy’ words. Don’t waste your time learning essays by heart to use in the exam. Don't write less than the required number of words. Don’t use note form or bullet points. Don't copy from other people’s work. Make sure you write as clearly as possible. As you know. business letters and essays. Task 2 in Writing is always formal. Try to avoid repeating the same words. Try to make sure that you do not repeat the same idea too often. make sure you explore different ideas to provide a well-balanced response.              Be sure to provide supporting evidence for any of your claims or views in writing Task 2. If the task requires informal writing. IELTS Writing: telling the difference between formal and informal Many of you have asked me about the difference between formal and informal writing in IELTS and this tells me that it’s a common problem. and Task 1 can be formal or informal. try to use your own words at all times by paraphrasing the question. You will be penalized for this and you will waste valuable time that could be spent developing good writing skills. both Task 1 and Task 2 in the Writing test are formal. Task 1 for GT module is a letter. singular/plural nouns. Leave time to check your answer for careless mistakes at the end. Make sure that all of your ideas are relevant to the question. such as a letter to a friend. Informal words are the ones used in everyday conversations and formal are used in books. If you are preparing for the Academic IELTS module. which is formal.

For example in an essay instead of writing “You would find it difficult to get a job without proper qualifications”. unless you are expressing an opinion. For those of you who don’t live in an English speaking country and don’t speak English on daily basis it will be difficult to tell the difference between formal and informal vocabulary. Formal Inform me Cancel Contact Obtain Apologise Postpone Request Compensate Establish Discover Handle Investigate Tolerate Increase Children Many / Much Many / Much Informal Let me know Drop Get in touch Get Say sorry Delay Ask for Make up Set up Find out Deal with Check up on Put up Go up Kids A lot of Heaps of 9 . “we”. write something like “One would find it difficult to find a job without proper qualifications”. “you”. or you could write “Finding a job without proper qualifications would be rather difficult”.Apart from the vocabulary in formal writing it is best to avoid words like “I”. You could memorize it and use in your writing while practicing – this way the chances you will use the correct word in the exam increase. which is why I compiled this short list of words.

the long term effect. for instance. generally. just because they don’t realize some things are not acceptable in IELTS letters. in accordance with. sadly enough. in contrast. obviously. in terms of. Many people get in trouble with their IELTS Writing for no reason. thereafter. in retrospect. Informal English is OK for your Speaking test – it is not OK for your Writing test. To demonstrate the difference. “fed up with” should be replaced with “lost his patience”. in direct opposition. further. on the other hand. as a major effect. CONTRAST: however. collectively speaking. 10 . To put it into perspective. thus. oddly enough. looking at the holdups. nevertheless. over all. looking at the nexus between. in hindsight. factually speaking. essays or reports. this post can literally save your score. These are transitional phrases that you can memorize and keep in your arsenal for the IELTS writing module. a catch to this is. Using informal English in the IELTS Writing tasks. in short. to add to that. as a consequence. undoubtedly. Here is a number of ways you can get in trouble with your IELTS writing tasks: 1. furthermore. Even though not every informal word gets penalized. significantly. ultimately. finally. in coordination with. retrospectively. in agreement. resulting in. plus. in exemplification. thereby. from a different angle. accordingly. moreover. in the end. AGREEMENT: also. as a short term result. as a hindrance. effectively. contrastingly. in the overall analysis. but. next. in addition. generally speaking. indeed. Look at the lists below. we need them to join sentences and thoughts together. for example. informal expression “loads of / tons of” should be replaced with “many” or “much”. and so forth. along those lines. hereafter. instead. hence. on the contrary. RESULT: as a result. yet.IELTS writing: using transitional phrases Transitions Transitional words and phrases are what gives your essays coherence. finally. therefore. still. additionally. etc. in fact. vicariously. to be sure. heretofore. exemplifying that. consequently. nonetheless. concluding 4 ways to get in trouble with your IELTS Writing tasks If you have an IELTS exam this weekend. the more formal your style is. the better your score will be. and rather.

Do me a favor and forget about contractions in your IELTS writing. You can’t write “dunno” instead of “don’t know”. they don’t save you much time and can cost you marks. and there is a bunch of shorter ways to write longer words. “I’ve” instead of “I have”. Write “should not” instead of “shouldn’t”. A friendly letter will open with Dear followed by a name which should then be followed by a comma. The opening of your letter should reflect which one you are writing. We all are typing SMS messages. SMS-like spelling. 3. bad thing to use in your essay. Contractions are “it’s” instead of “it is”. eg: 11 . “wanna” instead of “want to” or “gonna” instead of “going to”. We type “u” instead of “you”. Keep it out of your IELTS essays. Good luck with your exam! IELTS Writing task# 1: Rules of letter writing: 1 The Opening Greeting of the Letter Your letter will probably need to be a reasonably informal letter to a friend or a semiformal letter. “would not” instead of “wouldn’t”. “c” instead of “see”. You need to write the full word and spell it correctly. Contractions are a bad. Using slang. You can use slang any time talking to your friends. but this is the only place where it belongs. in a conversation between friends. letters or reports. Using contractions.2. chatting on Skype and the like. You get the idea. None of these can appear in your IELTS work. “IMHO” instead of “in my humble opinion”. “could not” instead of “couldn’t”. “we’re” instead of “we are” (these are only a few examples). period. 4. unless you are specifically trying to mess up and get a lower score than you deserve. I hope this post has caught you in time to prevent any of the above mistakes.

I am writing to ask/inquire....... I hope you are doing well and I hope all you family are doing fine. I am writing to. Dear Sir/Madam.. I am writing with reference to. I am writing in connection with.. I feel it is important to state the reason for the letter straight away. I am writing with regard to. Through great experience with IELTS.. Dear Sir. I would be grateful if you could. In reply to your letter. the reason I'm writing is. Madam (if it's a woman) or Sir/Madam if you don't know. A semi-formal letter will also open with Dear and then be followed by a name. (if you decide that in the situation you would know the name) or by Sir (if it's a man). Hi there! It's been so long since I've heard from you. Here I will give you some ideas about some language to use in the substance of the letter which will help you to answer the task well. I am writing in response to. Anyway. eg: Dear Mr. I can say that questions tend to ask you to do certain things.... 12 .. The question also might specify how you are to begin so follow what it says.. 3 The Substance of the Letter I've already gone into detail about answering the question fully and using your imagination to produce a realistic letter fulfilling all functions so I won't repeat that..Dear John. Phillips. EG: Dear John.. Asking for Help I would like you to. Dear Madam. Dear Mrs.. (if the question indicates that you have had a letter) If the letter is a less formal one to a friend then you should open the letter in a friendlier way.. Phillips.. 2 The Opening Paragraph of the Letter In a semi-formal letter. I'm pretty good in spite of working hard.. You could use the following to help you: I am writing to ask/ tell//inform you that.

OR Yours sincerely... 13 .... Thanks a lot for your help and I hope to hear from you soon. Also.. These can be included in most letters and will make your letter seem realistic and polished. please do not hesitate to contact me.. . I'm writing to express my anger at. if you use expressions like the ones above.I need to ask your advice about.. Please forgive me for. I've had students who really became too heated in their complaints. this should not happen.... Apologizing I'm very sorry that/about..... do say that you're not satisfied but show that you understand and stay calm in your expressions... I'd like to apologize about. What I'm looking for is. is not what I expected/was expecting. In a polite semi-formal letter.. Complaining I'm writing to express my dissatisfaction/annoyance/ about. in English we often end letters before the sign off with certain phrases... don't get too angry. I want to know what you are going to do about this situation.. Please accept my apologies 4 Ending your Letter First of all.. For a formal letter use: Yours faithfully... I'd like to ask for information about. do not over-exaggerate. Finally you'll need to sign off your letter. If it's a reasonably small and understandable problem. I look forward to hearing from you soon. you could use: If you require any further information. make sure that they fit in with the rest of your letter. I very much appreciated. For a formal letter. NB When complaining. For a more informal letter you could use: If you need to know anything else. I am not happy about.. Be careful though! IELTS examiners quite rightly look for writing that has been memorised and just repeated so. Thanking you in advance for your help. just get in touch with me as soon as you can. I'd like to thank you very much for.. Thanking I'm very grateful for.

your verbs will need to be in the past tenses. then the examiner will not take it into account and deduct it from the word count. If you have time. Best wishes. You won't get better sitting and doing nothing. you'll need the present simple tense and so on. there's no secret. If you are weak at English grammar. Don't be irrelevant. If you're arranging something in the future.Remember the commas (it makes a good impression on the examiner if you use good punctuation) and spell "sincerely" correctly (a lot of people don't!). Good luck! 14 . This gives a bad impression and the examiner realises that it isn't adding to the content of your letter. And so on. As I just said. If it's a habitual action. You can use individual words but be careful of using "chunks" of the question text. Although you can use your imagination to expand on your answer. Other Hints for the IELTS General Training Task 1 Writing DON'T copy any part of the question in your answer. Better would be to use: Regards. For an informal letter. If you want to improve. It's much easier to make things clear in a foreign language if you keep your sentences short! Think about the tenses of your verbs.. It could make all the difference between your getting the band that you need. and getting half a band less than you need and having to wait 3 months to do the exam again. If you're writing about something that happened in the past. Finally. Practice. Practice. Don't repeat yourself or the same ideas. if you have finished the exam with time to spare.. DON'T just sit there!! Check what you have done. a quick check of your verbs at the end of the exam can help you find errors. If you have time after the check. try to use short sentences. love is not always appropriate though English speakers use it a lot. check again. you will need to use the future tenses. This allows you to control the grammar and the meaning of your writing much more easily and contributes to a better cohesion and coherence mark. if any part of your letter is totally unrelated to the question and put in to just put up the word count. there are no correct answers or methods. Yours. This is not your own work and therefore will be disregarded by the examiner and deducted from the word count. Here I've given you some ideas to guide you and hopefully to help you but the questions can be answered well in different ways. Practice. Even good English users need practice for the IELTS exam..

... C........ You s houl d have at least thr ee par agraphs: Paragraph 1: explai ning why you are writi ng.. I want you to send me more information...........~s 6~C..... pl eas e do not hesitate to contact me... As you r equested... In a letter you have written to a company............. I enclose my curriculum vitae. 5... l look forward to hearing from you soon.. Dear Sir / Madam.. I've enclosed my curriculum vitae..~s5~ A.... IELTS Vocabulary: Writing a letter s1~B........... In the USA i t is the 4 J anuar y)..... You are writing a letter to the headteacher of a school or college..... A.. T hank you for your attention i n this matter..~s 10~ B. Par agraph 2+: details. B. 7.. 1.. It was great to hear from you...... 6. T hank you for your letter ..~s18~ a.~s 8~C.............~ s16~a......~ s2~ A...... .... you tell them that you expect them to reply. What do you say? A. I am gratified that you will take appropriate action....... I had a horrible time at your hotel recently.... ...~s 5~A.... s12~ a.....~s 4~C. l look forward to hearing fr om you s oon..... 1/4/00 is the 1 April........... Choose the sentence or phrase (A... It is not necessar y to include your name~s 16~ a. Write back to me soon... refer to your order of 12 Januar y. D ear Sir / M adam~s 2~A.......................... .~s11~A..... What do you say? A... 3.~s18~ a... For mal letters s hould be as brief and to the point as possi ble~s 13~a.~s 7~A.... You have sent a letter of application to a college. If you woul d li ke any mor e infor mation.~s 4~C....... B.. so here it is...~s14~a.. D ear Sir / M adam....... Thank you for your letter... writing abbr eviated dates c oul d be c onfusi ng.... As you requested.. What do you say? A.~s 9~B.... F als e....~s 11~A......~s 17~a... I enclos e my c urriculum vitae......... F alse...~s 6~C..~s15~a........ Thanks a lot for your letter...~ s8~C. but you would like the company to send you more information.. 2............ B. What do you say? A.. Yours si nc erel y..... B.... C.......... Fals e... You have received a letter from the manager of a company which buys computer components from your company... You asked for my curriculum vitae... You have applied for a job.. Below.. T hank you for your attenti on i n this matter. I woul d be grateful if you woul d s end me more infor mation... What do you say in the letter to explain that your curriculum vitae is attached? A. Thanks for doing something about it.... if you don't mind... ......~s 3~C.~s9~ B.. Fi nal paragraph: acti on to be taken .... I would li ke to c ompl ain about the ser vic e I rec ei ved at your hotel rec entl y.~s10~B....... r efer to your or der of 12 J anuar y... Please drop me a line soon. In Britain. As you can see... please............ F alse. Dear headteacher.. I woul d be grateful if you would s end me mor e infor mation. B. I would li ke to complai n about the s er vic e I rec ei ved at your hotel rec entl y............. Tr ue (In s ome countries ...... s1~B............... What do you say? A.... B or C) that would be most appropriate in each situation.. together with your curriculum vitae which the college requested..... 4.~s 13~ a. you will see eleven common situations that people encounter when they are writing a formal letter............ Dear Sir. As you req uested.... You are now writing to the manager.. C.. and you are now replying.........g.. I encl ose my c urricul um vitae. T hank you for your letter. I would be grateful if you would send me more information.. I would like to complain about the service I received at your hotel recently.. I would like to say that I am unhappy about your hotel..~s 17~ a.. In a letter you have written.. l l ook forwar d to heari ng from you s oon. Send me some more information...~s15~a...... Yours sinc erel y...........................e... ( A letter whic h is not br oken i nto par agraphs can be diffic ult and confusing to read.............. C.~s14~ a... Yours faithfull y.. ..... C.. 'I look for ward to hearing fr om you soon') s12~ a... B.... If you would li ke any more infor mation. F alse. Thank you for your attention in this matter.. Tr ue......... but you don't know their name... 8.. The company you work for has received an order from another company and you are writing to 15 .~s7~ A. You recently stayed in a hotel and were very unhappy with the service you received. pl ease do not hesitate to c ontac t me. ....…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………......... C.. B.. C......... Yours faithfull y. .......~s3~C...... you want the recipient to do something and are thanking them in advance of their action...... How do you begin your letter? A..........

g. 1/4/00 is the 1 April. slang and idioms. 6. 1.. refer to your order of 12 January. You began a letter with the recipient's name (e. How do you end the letter? A.g.. In a formal letter. In Britain. Yours sincerely. In a formal letter. False. you should always put your full name (e. If you would like any more information. Harcourt) after your signature at the bottom of the letter. a. 9. you should always write the date in full (e. B. How do you end the letter? A. a. C.g. you explain that the recipient can contact you if they want more information. B. Formal letters should be as brief and to the point as possible 2. In the USA it is the 4 January). a. James Harcourt and not J. Perrin). (A letter which is not broken into paragraphs can be difficult and confusing to read. True (In some countries. In a formal letter it is acceptable to use colloquial English. True. It is acceptable to write them as one continuous paragraph.g.them to acknowledge the order and let them know when you can deliver. I would like to remind you of the order you sent on 12 January for. C. why not get in touch? 10. False. 'I look forward to hearing from you soon') 16 . Final paragraph: action to be taken ... writing abbreviated dates could be confusing. Yours faithfully. a. please do not hesitate to contact me. You should have at least three paragraphs: Paragraph 1: explaining why you are writing. It is not necessary to include your name 5. Look at these sentences and decide if they are true or false. You did not begin the letter with the recipient's name (see number 1 above).. What do you say? A. B. B. Best wishes.. C. C. 1 April 2000 and not 1/4/00).e. Give me a call if you want some more information. 7. False.. Formal letters are always longer than informal letters. False. Dear Mr.. About the order you sent on 12 January for. Yours sincerely. If you would like any more information. In a formal letter you should include your name and address at the top of the page. In a formal letter it is acceptable to use contractions (e. a. a. I've instead of I have). a. Paragraph 2+: details. 3. 4. In a letter.. Best wishes. 11. B. Formal letters do not need to be broken into paragraphs.. False. What do you say? A. Yours faithfully.g.

When you dined in with your family on a special occasion. you should be more cautious about the service and quality of food your restaurant is providing to customers. 16th. I am writing this letter to complain about the food and the service during my anniversary that was held in your restaurant on November. In addition. immediately after returning home. In addition. The numbers of waiter and waitress were not sufficient for serving food and we had to wait a long time to get the service. Faithfully yours. These circumstances had caused enough troubles for me. I would be grateful if you refund 50% of my payment. Bearing the above circumstances in mind. ============================================= 2. I would like to opine that being a restaurant manager. Writing task 1 (a letter): Complaint letter: Write a letter to a restaurant manager complaining about the food and the service during your recent visit. ………………….SAMPLE OF WRITING TASK 1: 1. 17 . Writing Task 1 (a letter): personal letter+ ask for apology You were looking after your friend’s house while he was out of the country. you broke something in the house. I reserved the restaurant for my 8th anniversary and I invited about 50 persons. . I am one of your customers bearing the customer number: 546.Say what were the consequences of these problems. Write a letter to your friend.Specify an action you would like the manager to take Dear Sir/Madam. not only the quality of the food was poor but also the service of the staff was unsatisfactory. Accidentally. Unfortunately. I am looking forward to receiving appropriate response from you. As you know. . In your letter: .Describe the problems that you had. some dishes (food) were stale & 3 persons of my relatives got sick from that stale & unhygienic food. In your letter .Apolozise & describe what happened . last week.

After installation the program.Why you think you fit that job. I have bought a new software collection same as yours. The last day before your coming back. I hope you have a safe journey and all things are going well for you. I am writing this letter to express my apology for the incident that occurred by me accidentally. Writing Task 1 (a letter): job application letter: You read a job advertisement for the Children’s Care association. I would be grateful if you could give me your address so that I can send the DVD to you via any express courier services. I am able to send you the cost of DVD either by credit card or by cheque.S. I have more than 10 years experience in working with children. I had a fascination to work with a charity organization. Best wishes. …………………. I am a manager of the P. Otherwise. ===================================== 3. .describe the damage. Dear Roger. Once again please accept my apology for the inconvenience. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.What interests you in this job. Write a letter to the organization and say .explain how you are planning to compensate your friend. As a nursery manager. I installed the Office 2003 in your PC. They need volunteers (to work without pay). In addition. when was working with your computer. . I accidentally broke the DVD that contained a software collection. I do not need any salary for my service.. you can buy a new DVD and inform me the price.P Nursery Center. I know you use that frequently for your job.How soon you are available to join Dear Sir/Madam. but also I am qualified as a supervisor in tree Children Health Institution. 18 . Since I am financially solvent. Not only I have got four international certificates related to Children’s Care. when I was ejecting DVD from the DVD-ROM. . I am writing this letter to inform you that I am apt for the position “Child care coordinator” that you advertised on your website. I would be grateful if you kindly consider my proposal for compensation. So.

I would be grateful if you could set up an appointment for an interview.Hasib Dhaka. Once again. X as your name.  Kaplan IELTS. Your real/fake address. Bangladesh… Contact number: +880169183136 Please find attached my detailed resume. employer reference letters etc. For your convenience. educational certificates.. X**** Address: Dhaka.  Barrons  Website: IELTS blog Regards: Dr. I am ready to attend my job in the first week of December. I am looking forward to receiving your response. **** You can write Mr. Other task 1 Examples where contact address should be mentioned: If a letter ask you to write about your lost suitcase/something to a hotel manager … ……………………………………………………………………………………………… Source:  IELTS CUBE (the way to study). Bangladesh 19 . please kindly consider my application. Faithfully yours. contact number can be used when you ought to include your contact address/information in the body of a letter. I would like to add my contact address: Name: Mr. By the way. …………….

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