IELTS General Writing Task 1 Topics December & January 2022

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Take a look at some of the latest IELTS general task 1 questions that have been seen on recent exams. The letter topics were reported by IELTS student in 2022. These questions could be repeated from previous months. Keep in mind that the provided questions are not predictions.

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informal

You arranged to visit a friend in England but an important event at home happened, which means that you must change the date of the visit. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, • explain the important event • apologize for the situation • suggest a new arrangement

formal

You are going on a short training course at a college in Greeemount, Northern Ireland. 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 accomodation you require -say when you will need it

formal

Your local council is considering closing a sports and leisure centre that it runs, or order to save money. Write a letter to the local council. In your letter: Give details of how you and your friends or family use the centre Explain why the sports and leisure centre is important for the local community Describe the possible effects on local people if the centre closes

semi-formal

You are applying for a job and need a letter of reference. Write a letter to a former teacher. In your letter: give details of the job explain why it is important to you suggest what information your teacher could put in the reference

formal

A problem has occurred on the road outside your house. Write a letter to the local councilor. In your letter -Introduce yourself -Explain the problem -State what action you would like him to take

informal

Write a letter to your friend about a job opportunity you came across that they might find interesting.

unknown

You have recently joined an evening course but you are finding it difficult to attend. Write a letter to the course coordinator. In your letter – Provide the course details. – Explain why you are finding it difficult to attend. – Suggest what could be done.

semi-formal

After being involved in an accident, you were looked after by a person you did not know before. Write a special thank you letter to express your gratitude. In your letter: introduce yourself and let him/her know why you are writing express your appreciation and offer him/ her to visit your home with his/her family

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 would you like to change to

semi-formal

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 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

formal

7.Write a letter to a book store manager who is living in another city. Ask him/her to make available a book that you are interested in. In your letter, you should tell: – What book you are looking for? – Why you need this book? – How you plan to purchase the book?

semi-formal

our neighbours have recently written to you to complain about the noise from your house/ flat. Write a letter to your neighbours. In your letter explain the reasons for the noise apologise describe what action you will take You should write at least 150 words.

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

Your friend is thinking about learning to drive and would like some advice. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter • say why a driving licence is advantageous • recommend a driving school • give any extra guidance/tips

formal

You have seen an advertisement looking for volunteers to teach English overseas. Write to the recruitment office. In your letter -Tell them where you saw the advertisement -Explain why you would like to go -Describe the skills that you have that you think would help

formal

You work at home and have a problem with a piece of quipment that you use for your job. 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 should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You have recently moved to a new home. 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.

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

formal

You work at home and have a problem with a piece of quipment that you use for your job. 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

A friend has agreed to look after your house and pet while you are on holiday. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: give contact details for when you are away give instructions on how to care for your pet describe other household duties You should write at least 150 words.

formal

You were absent from an important event held by the company you work for. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter: • Apologize for your absence • Explain why you had to be at the other event • Explain what you will do to catch up

informal

An English-speaking friend has written to you to ask you how your IELTS studies are going. Write a letter telling your friend how you are preparing for the test. In your letter: say what progress you are making explain how you are preparing for the test say which section you are finding the most difficult You should write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any address. Begin your letter as follows:

formal

Write a letter to a company to ask about having them develop a website for your business. In your letter: – Give a brief description of the business – Explain what you’d like to be there on the website – Provide some ideas on use of images on the web site.

informal

You have recently moved to a different house, and you want to give the news to an English-speaking friend who lives in another country. Write a letter to this English-speaking friend. In your letter, explain why you have moved describe the new house invite your friend to come and visit

informal

Your friend is thinking about learning to drive and would like some advice. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter • say why a driving licence is advantageous • recommend a driving school • give any extra guidance/tips

unknown

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic. Few people devote time to hobbies nowadays. Say why you think this is the case and what effect this has on the individual and society in general. Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience. You should write at least 250 words.

informal

You have recently moved to a different city. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: Explain why you decided to move to a different city Describe the new city and accommodation Ask your friend to arrange a visit

formal

You and some friends ate a meal at a restaurant to celebrate a special occasions, 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 the service

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

semi-formal

Your child is going on a 3 day international schooltrip .Head teacher wants to find out if parents are interested in joining.write a letter say why you would like to go suggest what you can do to help ask other questions about the trip

formal

You have just started a course in a college which has no sports facilities of its own. Write a letter to the manager of the nearest private sports club. In your letter - introduce yourself - say why you are interested in this sports club - ask some questions about the club e.g. facilities, members, costs Begin as follows: Dear Sir or Madam,

formal

You recently visited a store and did not like the customer service there. Write a letter to the store manager and say: 1) What was the issue there? 2) Why wasn't the staff helpful? 3)Suggest what can be done about it?

formal

You have just started a course in a college which has no sports facilities of its own. Write a letter to the manager of the nearest private sports club. In your letter - introduce yourself - say why you are interested in this sports club - ask some questions about the club e.g. facilities, members, costs Begin as follows: Dear Sir or Madam,

semi-formal

You have had a problem with your next-door neighbour. You have not been able to speak to your neighbour about this. Write a letter to this neighbour. In your letter: - Explain the problem - Suggest a solution - Say what action you will take if the situation does not improve

semi-formal

You have had a problem with your next-door neighbour. You have not been able to speak to your neighbour about this. Write a letter to this neighbour. In your letter: - Explain the problem - Suggest a solution - Say what action you will take if the situation does not improve

formal

You were absent from an important event held by the company you work for. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter: Apologize for your absence and explain the reasoning Explain why you had to be at the other event Explain what you will do to catch up Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear Mr. Brannagan

semi-formal

Your neighbor has recently written to you to complain about the noise from your house/flat. Write a letter to your neighbor. In your letter: - explain the reasons for the noise - apologise - describe what action you will take. Write at least 150 words.

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 plan -explain why you want a part-time job -suggest how your friend could help you find a job

informal

You read an article in a magazine recently which might be useful for you and your friend's job. Write a letter to your friend and say -Describe an article and its content, explain why it is good for you, why would it be helpful for your friend?

informal

A friend has invited you to a party, but you are busy on the day it’s being held. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: • Apologies for not being able to attend • Explain why you are busy • Invite your friend to do something else with you

semi-formal

You play a team sport with some friends. Last week, a memver of the team had an accident and wasn't able to play with you at the weekend. You decide to write to him in hospital, telling him about the match. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, tell him which team won describe the conditions on the day say how you felt about the match

informal

You recently went on a trip with a friend and you both took some photographs. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter: • Ask your friend to send you a particular photograph • Explain why you need that particular photograph • Tell your friend what happened to your copy of it

formal

You are due to start a new job next week but you will not be able to because you have some problems. Write a letter to your new employer. In your letter -explain your situation -describe your problems -tell him/her when you think you can start

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.

formal

There is a problem with the changing rooms in the sports center that you visit. You have complained several times but with no success. Write a letter to the manager of the sports center. 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

formal

Your car is hired from a company and while you are driving on holiday, you have a small accident. Your will have to write a letter to the company to explain it. You need to explain the following: -when and where you hired it -describe how the accident happened -And what kind of action you took after the accident.

formal

Recently you issued a cheque to someone, but when that person presented the cheque to the bank, it was returned with these words ‘Returned for lack of sufficient funds”. You are sure that there is sufficient balance in your account. -Write a letter to the bank manager. In your letter, -give him particulars about your cheque -tell him that the cheque has bounced for no valid reason -request him to look into the matter

formal

7. You're working overseas in an international company. You are leaving the country in emergency. Write a letter to your friends explaining the situation. In the letter, you should - apologise for leaving like this - explain what happened - tell them what you're going to miss about working with them

formal

Your local council is considering closing a sports and leisure centre that it runs, in order to save money. Write a letter to the local council. In your letter - give details of how you and your friends or family use the centre - explain why the sports and leisure centre is important for the local community - describe the possible effects on local people if the centre closes

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

formal

2. You received a letter from a friend who asked for a recommendation letter from you for the job that he/she is applying for. Write a letter to the manager: – Explain how well you know this person – Describe how this person work – Why you think this person is suitable for the job.

formal

7. You have recently used a moving company to move your household items to a new place and they have been damaged in transfer. Write a letter to the company’s manager and say – When and where did it take place? – What is your complaint? – Suggest a reasonable solution.

formal

You have visited another city in your country. Prior to the visit you requested some information from a tourist centre, but the information was incorrect. Write a letter to the manager of the centre and say - What information were you looking for? - What was incorrect in it? - What happened to you because of it.

formal

You are the member of a public library. You borrowed a book from the library, but could not return it by the due date. Write a letter to the librarian. In your letter -Mention the name of the borrowed book, and the due date for returning it -Describe the reason for not returning it -inform him when you will return it

formal

2. You received a letter from a friend who asked for a recommendation letter from you for the job that he/she is applying for. Write a letter to the manager: – Explain how well you know this person – Describe how this person work – Why you think this person is suitable for the job.

formal

7. You have recently used a moving company to move your household items to a new place and they have been damaged in transfer. Write a letter to the company’s manager and say – When and where did it take place? – What is your complaint? – Suggest a reasonable solution.

informal

Your friend has been offered a place on a course at the university where you studied. He/She would like your advice about finding a place to live. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter -describe where you lived when you were a student at the university -recommend the best way for him/her to look for accommodation -warn him/her of mistakes students make when choosing accommodation

informal

Your friend has been offered a place on a course at the university where you studied. He/She would like your advice about finding a place to live. Write a letter to your friend. In your email -describe where you lived when you were a student at the university -recommend the best way for him/her to look for accommodation -warn him/her of mistakes students make when choosing accommodation

informal

Write a letter to your friend who is starting an import/export business and asked you for recommendation for a product from your own country. In the letter, you should: - what the product will be - from which region of your country where it came from - why it is a good product to export.

semi-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 your neighbour. In your letter -describe the situation -explain the problems it is causing you -offer at least one solution

semi-formal

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

semi-formal

2) 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

formal

Write a letter to invite a famous person to give a speech at a meeting in your youth club. In your letter, you should: -introduce your club -explain why you want to invite him/her -tell him/her about the arrangement for the meeting

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.

formal

A magazine wants to include contribution from its readers for an article called 'the book that influenced me most". Write a letter to the editor of the magazine about the book that influences you most. In your letter, describe what this book was about, explain how this book influenced you, say whether this book would be likely to influence other people

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

semi-formal

Mrs Barrett, an English-speaking woman who lives in your town, has advertised for someone to help her in her home for a few hours a day next summer. Write a letter to Mrs Barrett. In your letter: • suggest how you could help her in her home • say why you would like to do this work • explain when you will and will not be available

formal

Write a letter to apply for a job as a caregiver

formal

You recently did a short cookery course. The cookery school has asked for your feedback on this course. Write a letter to the course director at the cookery school. In your letter, describe what you enjoyed about the course say how much cooking you've done since the course suggest another cookery course you'd like the school to offer

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

formal

You stayed at a hotel last week. After you got home, you realized that you had left your watch behind. Write a letter to the hotel manager. In your letter • explain what happened, to your watch • describe your watch • ask the manager to help you find it

formal

You have lost an item of value on a train. Write a letter to the railway company. In your letter, -Describe the item -Explain where and when you left it -Say what action you would like the company to take

informal

You have recently moved to a different house. Write a letter to an English-speaking frined. In your letter -explain why you have moved -describe the new house -invite your friend to come and visit

formal

You are looking for a part-time job. Write a letter to an employment agency. In your letter: introduce yourself explain what sort of job you would like say what experience and skills you have Begin your letter as follows: Dear Sir / Madam

formal

You are 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 manager. 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

informal

A friend of yours is thinking of going on a camping holiday for the first time this summer. He / She has asked for your advice. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter • explain why you think your friend would enjoy a camping holiday • describe some possible disadvantages • say whether you would like to go camping with your friend this summer

informal

A friend of yours is thinking of going on a camping holiday for the first time this summer. He/she has asked for your advice. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, • explain why you think your friend would enjoy a camping holiday • describe some possible disadvantages • say whether you would like to go camping with your friend this summer Write at least 150 words.

formal

A museum near your home is looking for people to do part-time voluntary/unpaid work. You would like to do some voluntary/unpaid work at the museum. Write a letter to the museum director to apply for the voluntary/unpaid work. In your letter explain why you want to do voluntary/unpaid work at the museum, describe some skills and qualities you have that would be useful and give details of when you would be available to work.

informal

Essay topics: You are preparing an outdoor event. Write a letter to your friend to ask for help with the arrangements. What the event is Why the event will happen How your friend can help you

informal

Essay topics: An Australian friend is coming to visit you, and it will be his/her birthday during the visit. write a letter to your friend In your letter * say how you feel about the visit * suggest what you could do on his/her birthday *try to find out what you friend thinks of your idea

informal

A friend of yours is thinking of going on a camping holiday for the first time this summer. He/she has asked for your advice. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, • explain why you think your friend would enjoy a camping holiday • describe some possible disadvantages • say whether you would like to go camping with your friend this summer

formal

The office you work in does not have any cafeteria for staff. Write a letter to your manager to request setting up a cafeteria for the staff. In your letter, you should tell What you heard about the inconvenience from the staff. How you feel about it What suggestions you have about setting up a cafeteria

formal

you have received a letter from your band, asking you to acknowledge receipt of a new bank card. however, the card was missing from the envelope. write a letter to the bank head office. in your letter explain why you are writing express concern about the missing card ask them what they intend to do.

semi-formal

You are shifting out of your accommodation. You think your current place of residence is suitable for your English speaking colleague who is arriving next month. Write a letter to your colleague. Explain why you are shifting out Describe your accommodation Explain why it is suitable for your friend

informal

You want something that you can’t buy in your own country. You decide to ask an English friend to help you. Write a letter to the friend. In your letter -say what you want -explain why you want it -suggest how the friend could help

semi-formal

You play a team sport with some friends. Last week a member of the team had an accident and wasn't able to play with you at the weekend. You decide to write to him in hospital, telling him about the match. Write a letter to your friend.

semi-formal

You are shifting out of your accommodation. You think your current place of residence is suitable for your English speaking colleague who is arriving next month. Write a letter to your colleague. Explain why you are shifting out Describe your accommodation Explain why it is suitable for your friend

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

informal

WRITING TASK 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You want to sell some of your furniture. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter • explain why you are selling • describe the furniture • suggest a date when your friend can come and see the furniture Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear ...............,

informal

WRITING TASK 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You want to sell some of your furniture. You think a friend of yours might like to buy it from you. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter • explain why you are selling • describe the furniture • suggest a date when your friend can come and see the furniture Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear ...............,

informal

Write a letter to your friend who has asked you about a short course, which you have done. Write about the content of the course. The future benefit of the course.

formal

You have recently bought a product after seeing a company’s advertisement. You then discovered that the purchased product did not match the description of the advertisement. Write a letter to the manager of that company. In your letter; • describe the product you bought • state the description the advertisement gave of the product • say what you want the company to do to make it up to you

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 you 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 office you work in does not have any cafeteria for staff. Write a letter to your manager to request setting up a cafeteria for the staff. In your letter, you should tell • what you heard about the inconvenience from the staff • how you feel about it • what suggestions you have about setting up a cafeteria

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

Write a letter to your manager to nominate a person for best employee of the year award. Who is this person Why did you choose him? What is the characteristic of a good employee?

formal

You were sent by your company to attend a meeting in another country, but you are not happy with the hotel your organizer booked for you. Write a letter to an organizer about the meeting details What you did not like about the hotel what you want organizer to do about it?

informal

A Canadian friend recently sent you a present by post. You want to thank him/her. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter -say how you felt when you received the present -describe what you like about it -explain how you will use the present

formal

You have bought a new computer but when you got home you found it had some problems. You returned the computer and spoke to the company representative two weeks ago, but the computer has not been fixed yet. Write a letter to the company. In your letter: explain what the problem with the computer is explain what the representative told you about it tell them what you would like to be done about the situation. Write at least 150 words.