IELTS General Writing Task 1 Topics October & November 2021

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semi-formal

You are a student at an English language school in Brighton and are living in private accommodation with other flat mates. You have not had hot water or heating for some time. The landlord’s workmen have tried to fix the problem but without success. Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter: state your reason for writing describe the problems and explain how you feel propose a solution and ask the landlord to take action.

formal

You own an old item that you think is valuable and would like to sell. Write a letter to the owner of an antique’s shop. In your letter: explain how you found the shop describe the item that you would like to sell say how much you would like to sell the item for

formal

You have discovered a lot of rubbish in a lake near where you live. In the past, the lake had always been clean. Write a letter to the local council. In the letter: describe the type of rubbish that you saw in the lake explain where you think the waste has come from suggest what the council should do about the problem

formal

You have discovered a lot of rubbish in a lake near where you live. In the past, the lake had always been clean. Write a letter to the local council. In the letter: describe the type of rubbish that you saw in the lake explain where you think the waste has come from suggest what the council should do about the problem

formal

You need to organize an office event in a community center. Write a letter to the center.

semi-formal

You are interested in applying for a new position at your company but have some questions. Write a letter to you boss. In your letter include: Which position you are considering What questions you have about it How your boss can help you decide whether or not to apply

informal

You have been offered a job that will require you to move to a city that you have never visited before. You have a friend who lives there. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, Explain your situation, Say why you feel unsure about living in the city Ask some questions about life in the city.

informal

You have decided to leave your current job and look for a new one. Write a letter to a friend. In your letter, - explain why you want to leave your current job - describe what kind of job you are looking for - ask for some help or advice

semi-formal

You are planning a two-week vacation, and you need someone to take care of your house while you are away. Write a letter to your neighbour. In your letter, - tell your neighbour that you are going away - ask your neighbour to take care of your house for you, - explain what tasks you would like your neighbour to do.

semi-formal

You are planning a two-week vacation, and you need someone to take care of your house while you are away. Write a letter to your neighbour. In your letter, - tell your neighbour that you are going away - ask your neighbour to take care of your house for you - explain what tasks you would like your neighbour to do.

formal

Write a letter to the shop or company which supplied the equipment. In your letter, describe the problem with the equipment explain how this problem is affecting your work say what you want the shop or company to do

informal

You recently went to a public event (for example an exhibition, festival, or show) that you think your friend would enjoy. Write a letter to a friend. In your letter: tell your friend what the event was explain why you think your friend would like the event invite them to come to the event with you

unknown

You recently spent a vacation at the home of some friends who live in a different city. Write a letter to your friends. In your letter - thank your friends for letting you stay with them - describe some things you enjoyed about your vacation - invite your friends to visit you.

informal

You have been offered a job that will require you to move to a city that you have never visited before. You have a friend who lives there. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, Explain your situation, Say why you feel unsure about living in the city Ask some questions about life in the city.

semi-formal

You have been assigned to give a networking presentation with your colleague from a different office, who you met last year. Write a letter to your colleague. In your letter: • Inform your colleague that you will be working together. • Provide your initial ideas on the networking presentation. • Ask for a time to meet and practice the presentation.

semi-formal

You are not happy with the course you are doing at college and would like to change to a different course. Write a letter to the college director requesting to change your course. You should include details about: • what course are you doing now • why you are not satisfied with that course. • what course you would like to change to.

formal

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You work for an international company, and would like to spend six months working in its head office in another country. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter: explain why you want to work in the company’s head office for six months say how your work could be done while you are away ask for his/her help in arranging it

informal

A friend of yours is thinking about applying for the same course that you did at university. He/she has asked for your advice about studying this subject. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, give details of the course you took at the university explain why you recommend the university give some advice about how to apply

formal

You recently stayed at a hotel for a conference with your company and there were several problems with your room. Write to the hotel management to complain. Include Where you stayed What the problems were How they can fix your complaints

informal

A friend of yours is thinking about applying for the same course that you did at university. He/she has asked for your advice about studying this subject. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, give details of the course you took at the university explain why you recommend the university give some advice about how to apply

informal

A friend of your is thinking about applying for the same course that you did at university. He/she has asked for your advice about studying this subject. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter - Give details of your course you took at the university - Explain why you recommend the university - Give some advice about how to apply

semi-formal

You wish to apply for a new college course, but you are unsure about the details of cost, duration and subjects posted on the college website. Write an email to the relevant person in admissions at the college, asking them to clarify these points for you. In this email, Say what your interest is Explain why the website is unclear Request the information that you need Begin your letter ‘Dear --------’

formal

Write a letter to your manager asking for permission to give a presentation. In your letter: describe what type of presentation you have in mind what topics it would cover and how long it would take who should participate in the presentation and where should it be conducted

formal

You ware working for a Company. You need to take some time off work and want to ask your manager about this. Write a letter to your manger. In your letter * explain why you want to take time off work * give details of the amount of time you need * suggest how your work could be covered while you are away You should write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear ..................,

informal

A friend you made while you were studying abroad has written to ask you for help in finding a job in your country. You have heard about a job in a local company that might be suitable for him/her. Write a letter to this friend. In your letter: tell your friend about the job and what sort of work it involves say why you think the job would be suitable for him/her explain how to apply for the job

formal

You ware working for a Company. You need to take some time off work and want to ask your manager about this. Write a letter to your manger. In your letter * explain why you want to take time off work * give details of the amount of time you need * suggest how your work could be covered while you are away You should write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear ..................,

formal

You took your family to a nearby restaurant. You were disappointed with the meal and wish to complain to the manager. Write a letter to the manager of the restaurant. In the letter: explain why you were at the restaurant describe the problems write about the action you want the manager to take

informal

You recently received a letter from a friend asking for advice about whether to go to college or to try to get a job. You think he/she should get a job. Write a letter to this friend. In your letter: say why he/she would not enjoy going to college explain why getting a job is a good idea for him/her suggest types of job that would be suitable for him/her

informal

While your friend was away on vacation, you stayed in his apartment. While you were there, you dropped an expensive bowl and broke it. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, - explain what happened - apologise for the accident - tell your friend what you plan to do about the bowl

unknown

During a recent plane journey, you sat next to a businessman who owns a chain of restaurants. You talked to him and he suggested that you should contact him about a possible job in one of his restaurants. * remind him when and where you met * tell him what kind of job you are interested in * say why you think you would be suitable for the job

informal

You have been offered a job that will require you to move to a city that you have never visited before. You have a friend who lives there. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, - explain your situation, - say why you feel unsure about living in the city, - ask some questions about life in the city.

formal

The system used for rubbish/garbage collection in your local area is not working properly. This is causing problems for you and your neighbours. Write a letter to the local council. In your letter: Describe how the rubbish collection system is not working properly Explain how this is affecting you and your neighbours Suggest what should be done about the problem

informal

You have been offered a job that will require you to move to a city that you have never visited before. You have a friend who lives there. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, - explain your situation, - say why you feel unsure about living in the city, - ask some questions about life in the city.

formal

You recently organised an all-day meeting for your company, which took place in a local hotel. In their feedback, participants at the meeting said that they liked the hotel, but they were unhappy about the food that was served for lunch. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel. In your letter: say what the participants liked about the hotel explain why they were unhappy about the food suggest what the manager should do to improve the food in future

informal

While your friend was away on vacation, you stayed in his apartment. While you were there, you dropped an expensive bowl and broke it. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter - explain what happened, - apologise for the accident, - tell your friend what you plan to do about the bowl.

formal

There have been some problems with the bus service, especially its reliability, in your area over the last two weeks. Write a letter to the manager of the bus company. In your letter • describe what the problems are • explain how these problems are affecting you • suggest what you would like the company to do

unknown

you have won first prize in our competition . The prize is a meal for two at the best restaurants in town. your evening begins at 7:00p.m when we will send a car to collect you and your guest. you will driven to the four Seasons restaurant and served with the delicious three course meal. write a letter in which you: Describe your evening and whyb you enjoyed it (or didn't enjoy it) comment on the quality of the meal and the service at theDear

informal

You are going to another country to study. You would like to do a part-time job while you are studying, so you want to ask a friend who lives there for some help. Write a letter to this friend. In your letter Give details of your study plans Explain why you want to get a part-time job Suggest how your friend could help you find a job

formal

You recently organised an all-day meeting for your company, which took place in a local hotel. In their feedback, participants at the meeting said that they liked the hotel, but they were unhappy about the food that was served for lunch. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel. In your letter: say what the participants liked about the hotel explain why they were unhappy about the food suggest what the manager should do to improve the food in future

semi-formal

Write a letter to your colleagues. In your letter • remind your colleagues what the special occasion you were celebrating was • thank them for the card and gift • explain why you like the gift and how you will use it

formal

You have a full-time job and you are also doing a part-time evening course. You now find that you cannot continue the course. Write a letter to your teachers. In your letter describe the situation explain why you cannot continue at this time say what action you would like to take

formal

You work for a company. You have seen some information online about a training course that would be useful for your work. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter give details of the course say how the course would be useful explain how the company could help you do this course.

formal

You have recently bought a piece of equipment for your kitchen but it did not work. You phoned the shop but no action was taken. Write a letter to the shop manager. In your letter: describe the problem with the equipment explain what happened when you phoned the shop say what you would like the manager to do

formal

You have lost your student identification card. This has created some problems for you. Write a letter to the director of student services. In your letter advise them of your situation explain how this is affecting you request a new card You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear You should write at least 150 words.

formal

Last week you were on a flight to London. Unfortunately, when you got off the plane, you left a bag there. You did not remember about the bag until you got to your hotel. Write a letter to the airline. In your letter explain what has happened describe the bag and its contents say what you would like them to do about this problem You should write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear Sir or Madam,

formal

Your next-door neighbour likes to listen to music late at night. Because of the loud music, you often lose sleep. Write a letter to the building manager. In your letter, Describe the situation Explain the problem it is causing you Offer at least one solution.

formal

You recently spent a night in a hotel and had to put up with a great deal of noise very early in the morning because of a faulty central heating system. The manager promised to contact you regarding compensation but you still haven't heard from him. Write a letter to the hotel. In the letter describe the problem at the hotel explain what the manager had said at the time say what you want the manager to do.

semi-formal

you and your family are living in a acommodation in English - speaking country. You ae satisfied with the condition of the furniture. Write a letter to landlord.

formal

You saw an advertisement in the paper for a property management position at an apartment complex. Write a letter to express your interest. Include: Why you are writing Your suitability for the role How you would approach the position

formal

Your local hospital has advertised for people to do unpaid work helping at the hospital. You would like to do some work at the hospital in your free time. Write a letter to the hospital. In your letter explain why you would like to do unpaid work at the hospital, say what type of unpaid work you would be able to do give details of when you would be available for this work

formal

Your local hospital has advertised for people to do unpaid work helping at the hospital. You would like to do some work at the hospital in your free time. Write a letter to the hospital. In your letter explain why you would like to do unpaid work at the hospital say what type of unpaid work you would be able to do give details of when you would be available for this work

unknown

Last month you had a holiday overseas where you stayed with some friends. They have just sent you some photos of your holiday. Write a letter to your friends. In your letter: thank them for the photos and the holiday explain why you didn't write earlier invite them to come and stay with you Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear ...............,

formal

You live with a roommate at university but you have trouble studying because of a problem related to your roommate. Write a letter to an administrator at your university and include: Who you are The problem What you suggest they do

formal

you and some friends ate a meal at a restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, and you were very pleased with the food and service. write a letter to the restaurant manager. In your letter give details of your visit to the restaurant explain the reason for the celebration say what was good about the food and service

formal

You have received a letter from your bank, asking you to acknowledge receipt of a new bank card. However, the card was missing from the envelope. Write a letter to the bank's head office. In your letter: explain why you are writing express concern about the missing card ask them what they intend to do

informal

You are currently trying to improve your knowledge of a language which is not your first language. You have a friend who speaks this language fluently. You have decided to write to this friend. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, explain why you want to improve your knowledge of this language ask him/her for suggestions on how to learn more quickly propose that you meet your friend to talk about it

formal

: 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 Write about 150 words.

informal

You have recently visited a museum. Now write a letter to your friend about the museum you have visited. Write a letter to him/ her. In your letter, write: where you went what you saw there how you felt about it You should write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear ...................,

informal

You have recently moved to a different house. Write a letter to an English-speaking friend. In your letter, explain why you have moved describe the new house invite your friend to come and visit Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear ..................,

semi-formal

During a recent plane journey, you sat next to a businessman who owns a chain of restaurants. You talked to him and he suggested that you should contact him about a possible job in one of his restaurants. Write a letter to this businessman. In your letter, remind him when and where you met tell him what kind of job you are interested in say why you think you would be suitable for the job Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear ..................,

formal

You have just read an article in an international travel magazine which contained some information about your town that is incorrect. Write a letter to the editor of the magazine. In your letter - correct the information in the article - explain why it is important for the magazine to give correct information - suggest what the magazine should do about this situation

formal

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 Write 150 words only.

formal

A large company in your area has decided to spend a certain amount of money, either to sponsor a local children’s sports team for two years, or to pay for two open-air concerts. It has asked for feedback from the general public. Write a letter to the company. In your letter, describe the benefits of sponsoring the sports team summarise the benefits of paying for the concerts say how you think the company should spend the money Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear Sir or Madam,

formal

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 Write 150 words .

formal

People in your area are having problems with their internet connection. Write a letter to the company which provides the connection. In your letter, describe the problems explain how it is affecting people say what the company should do to help Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear Sir or Madam,

semi-formal

You recently went to a concert and thought one of the singers was very good. You want to tell how you feel. Write a letter to the singer. In your letter: say how you feel about his/her performance give details of your music-related activities explain how you would like him/her to help you with your music-related activities Write at least 150 words.

formal

You recently attended a conference and would like to give a presentation to your colleagues about it. Write a letter to your manager and include: The topic of the conference Why you want to present about it When it could be done

formal

A reporter complained about a new TV program that you like. Write a letter to the newspaper editor.- Describe your point of view. - Say what you like about the show and why. - Ask the newspaper to take some action.

formal

You recently flew with an airline and had a problem with the food on the plane. Write a letter to the company. In your letter give the details of the flight explain what the problem with the food was say what the airline should do about it.

semi-formal

You eat at your college cafeteria every lunchtime. However, you think it needs some improvements. Write a letter to the college magazine. In your letter: explain what you like bout the cafeteria say what is wrong suggest how it could be improved

informal

**You have borrowed something from your friend and it got damaged.** **Write a letter to your friend. In the letter:** - **apologise for the damage to the item** - **explain what happened** - **say how you are going to fix the issue**

informal

*You have borrowed something from your friend and it got damaged.** **Write a letter to your friend. In the letter:** - **apologise for the damage to the item** - **explain what happened** - **say how you are going to fix the issue**

informal

You have just spent a week with a friend on holiday. When you got home, you realised you had left your wallet there. Write a letter to your friend, in your letter; Thank your friend for the holiday explain that you left your wallet in her house Give her instructions on how to send it back to you.

semi-formal

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. Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter: explain the situation describe why it bothers you suggest a solution

formal

You recently stayed in a hotel in a large city. The weather was very unusual for the time of year and the heating / cooling system in the hotel was quite inadequate. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel. In your letter: give details of what went wrong explain what you had to do to overcome the problem at the time say what action you would like the manager to take

formal

You recently flew with an airline and had a problem with the food on the plane. Write a letter to the company. In your letter give the details of the flight explain what the problem with the food was say what the airline should do about it.

formal

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have received a letter from your bank, asking you to acknowledge receipt of a new bank card. However, the card was missing from the envelope. Write a letter to the bank's head office. In your letter: explain why you are writing express concern about the missing card ask them what they intend to do

formal

You recently stayed in a hotel in a large city. The weather was very unusual for the time of year and the heating / cooling system in the hotel was quite inadequate. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel. In your letter: give details of what went wrong explain what you had to do to overcome the problem at the time say what action you would like the manager to take

formal

You are going on a short training course at a college in Sydney, Australia. You need somewhere to live while you are there. Write a letter to the accommodation officer at the college. In your letter: explain your situation describe the accommodation you require say when you will need it

semi-formal

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. Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter: explain the situation describe why it bothers you suggest a solution

semi-formal

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You eat at your college cafeteria at lunch time every day.. However, you think it needs some improvements. Write a letter to the college magazine. In your letter: explain what you like about the cafeteria say what is wrong with it suggest how it could be improved

formal

You are applying for a job and need a letter of reference from someone who knew you when you were at school. Write a letter to one of your old teachers asking for a reference. In your letter: say what job you have applied for explain why you want this job suggest what information the teacher should include

informal

You have seen an advertisement in an Australian magazine for someone to live with a family for six months and look after their six-year-old child. Write a letter to the parents. In your letter - explain why you would like the job - give details of why you would be a suitable person to employ - say how you would spend your free time while you are in Australia

formal

Write a Letter to a hotel manager for bad services during stay.

formal

You read an article in a newspaper about a city/town. Some of the information in that article is wrong. Write a letter to the newspaper editions. In your letter, you should: • • describe how you know the city/town • • tell what the problems are • • suggest what you want the editor to do.

formal

You have just finished your master’s degree and need to leave your current part-time job to search for full-time employment. Write a letter to your current employer. In your letter: – explain why you will not be able to pursue a full-time job in his/her company – say why you’ve enjoyed working for him/her – tell him/her how much longer you will continue to work for him/her.

informal

You have seen an advertisement in an Australian magazine for someone to live with a family for six months and look after their six-year-old child. Write a letter to the parents. In your letter, explain why you would like the job give details of why you would be a suitable person to employ say how you would spend your free time while you are in Australia

semi-formal

you have been offeed a job that will require you to move to a city that you have never visitedbefore. You have an acquaintance who lives there. Write a letter to the acquaintance . In your letter exlplain your situation, say why you feel unsure about living in the city, ask some questions about life in the city.

informal

You are currently trying to improve your knowledge of a language which is not your first language. You have a friend who speaks this language fluently. You have decided to write to this friend. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, explain why you want to improve your knowledge of this language ask him/her for suggestions on how to learn more quickly propose that you meet your friend to talk about it

semi-formal

You eat at your college cafeteria every lunchtime. However, you think it needs some improvements. Write a letter to the college magazine. In your letter: explain what you like bout the cafeteria say what is wrong suggest how it could be improved

semi-formal

You have seen an advertisement from a couple, who live in Australia, for someone to teach their two children your language for a year. Write a letter to the couple. In your letter explain why you think you would be suitable for the job say what else you could do for the family give your reasons for wanting the job Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear …………….,

formal

A museum is near your home looking for people to do part time unpaid work. You would like to do some unpaid work at the museum Write a letter to the museum director to apply.

formal

You are going to take a short holiday in Singapore and you want to rent a holiday apartment while you are there. Write a letter to the tourist information office. In your letter: - Explain what you need - Say when you plan to be there - Ask for information about prices

semi-formal

. You have bought a new home recently and you want to hire an interior decorator. Write a letter to the interior decorator seeking information about his services. In your letter • let him know how you came to know about his work/name • specify about your condominium {flat) • discuss your furnishing taste

formal

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

formal

You stayed at a hotel recently and forgot your clothes there. Write a letter to the hotel manager and say – When and where did you stay? – Describe your clothes. – What would you like the manager to do about it? Answer

formal

On a recent holiday, you lost a valuable item. Fortunately, you have a travel insurance to cover the cost of anything lost. Write a letter to the manager of your insurance company. In your letter: 1) describe the lost item. 2) Explain how you lost it 3) Tell the insurance company what you would like them to do

formal

You are a student who wants to apply to the Green Pines College. You are experiencing financial problems at the moment. Write a letter to the Principal of the College explaining your situation and ask for information on scholarships or other means of financial help available. Dear Sir/Madam,

formal

You work for an international company, and would like to spend six months working in its head office in another country. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter: • Explain why you want to work in the company’s head office for six months • Say how your work could be done while you are away • Ask for his/her help in arranging it

informal

A friend of yours is thinking about applying for the same course that you did at university. He/she has asked for your advice about studying this subject. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: Give details of the course you took at the university Explain why you recommend the university Give some advice about how to apply