IELTS Writing Task 1 formal Topics/Questions 2021

This section presents a list of common IELTS General Writing Task 1 formal topics. All these topics were added in 2021 by students who took the IELTS recently. Pick a random topic and start practicing and improving your writing skills.

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ..................,

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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 ..................,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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: 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.

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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

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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.

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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,

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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 .

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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,

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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You live in a room in college which you share with another student. However, there are many problems with this arrangement and you find it very difficult to work. Write a letter to the accommodation officer at the college. In the letter, • describe the situation • explain your problems and why it is difficult to work • say what kind of accommodation you would prefer

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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 unpaid work. In your letter: Explain why you want to do voluntary work at the museum. Describe some skills and qualities you have that would be useful. Give details of when you would be available for work.

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You are living in a University residence, and you have a problem with the high levels of noise from a new campus restaurant which is open until midnight. Write a letter to the governor of the University. In your letter, • complain about the situation • say why this is a problem • and propose ways to reduce the noise

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You have recently flown to another country on a business trip. You were satisfied with the flight, but didn’t like services at the airport. Write a letter to the airport manager and say – Give your flight details. – Why were you disappointed? – Suggest some improvements to the airport services.

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You have purchased a product on a website and received a different product. Write a letter to the company. In your letter – Describe the product you ordered – Explain why you aren’t satisfied with the product you received – Let them know what actions you expect them to take

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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.

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You ordered a book online for exam preparation. It has been some time since you purchased it and you still have not received your book. Write a letter to the e-commerce company about that. 1. Describe your order 2. Explain the importance 3. Say what you want the company to do for you

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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

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You and your family are planning to spend a weekend at a seaside hotel. Task: Write a letter to the hotel making the arrangements. Let them know when you will be arriving and leaving, what type of rooms you would like, and ask them how much the weekend will cost. Also enquire about activities and places of interest near the hotel.

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you recently attended a meeting at a hotel. when you returned home, you found you had left some important papers at the hotel. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel. In your letter say where you think you have left the papers explain why they are so important tell the manager what you want him/her to do

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You travelled abroad and faced problems at airport. Write an letter to the airport manager and provide -your flight details -what is problem -suggest some improvements you want to see .

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you work for a large corporation. You want to apply for one month's leave owing to illness. Write to your manager requesting leave for the same. In your letter • introduce yourself • describe about your illness • inform the manager how you intend to manage your job assignment in your absence

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You recently attended a meeting at a hotel. When you returned home, you found you had Jett some important papers at the hotel. Write a letter to the manager of the hotel. In your letter • say where you think you Jett the papers • explain why they are so important • tell the manager what you want him/her to do

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There have been some problems with public transport in your area recently. Write a letter to the manager of the transport company. In your letter x describe the problems x explain how these problems are affecting the public x suggest some changes that could be made

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There was an advert inviting applications for a certain job in the local newspaper. Write to Human Resource Department. In your letter, describe the job you are applying for and your relevant work experience. In your letter • say about the job position you are applying for • describe your experience • describe how your current job and the one you are applying for is a good match

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You are going on a short training course at a college in Greenmount, 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 accommodation you require • say when you will need it

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You and your neighbours have noticed that the rubbish collection services where you live have recently been quite bad. Write a letter to your local council. In your letter, – explain what you have recently experienced – explain what the neighbours have recently experienced – ask what action will be taken to improve the service

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You have seen an advertisement for an evening course to study a foreign language. Write a letter to the institution offering the course. In your letter, – ask for details of the course – ask if the course teachers are qualified native speakers – request that the institution sends you their brochure You should write at least 150 words.

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You have heard that your company is organising a language training abroad for a limited number of participants. Write a letter of interest:- State your position in your company Explain why they should include you in the training Explain how your training could benefit you and your company

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You recently noticed a local restaurant that was offering a part-time job. Write a letter to the restaurant’s manager. In your letter, – explain that you would like to apply for the job – give some details of any relevant experience that you have – specify the days and times that would suit you

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ou missed an international flight due to a problem at the airport. Write a letter to the airline. In your letter: Describe what happened that caused you to miss your flight Explain how missing your flight impacted you Clearly state what you would like the airline to do Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

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You saw an advert for the post of finance manager at the vacancy board. You want to apply for the same job. But, you have been late for applying for the same. Write a letter along with your resume to your prospective employer. In your letter • introduce yourself • talkaboutyourskills • reasonsforyourdelay

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You recently organized 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

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Your Manager has asked you to do a presentation at the upcoming training session. Write a letter to your manager and say – What is the topic of presentation? – What is the benefit of conducting a session on that topic? – What are your requirements for conducting this presentation?

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Write a letter to the editor to give your opinion about a magazine that you purchased. Include: Why you bought it What you liked and disliked about it Suggestions for improvement

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You have seen an advertisement in the local newspaper for swimming lessons at your community sports centre. You want to find out more about the lessons. Write a letter to the manger of the sports centre. .Describe how well you can swim at the moment . Explain why you want to learn to swim better . Enquire about the time and cost of the swimming lessons

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You have seen an advertisement in the local newspaper for swimming lessons at your community sports centre. You want to find out more about these lessons. Write a letter to the manager of the sports centre. . Describe how well you can swim at the moment . Explain why you want to learn to swim better . Enquire about the time and cost of the swimming lessons

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1. Your car insurance company has told you that they are going to increase the amount you have to pay in insurance for your car each month. You are not happy about this. Write a letter to your insurance company. In your letter explain • Why you are writing to them • Why you think insurance should not be increased • What you want them to do

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You are studying a short course in another country. Your accommodation was arranged by the course provider. There is a major problem with the accommodation. Write a letter to the course provider.

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you recently took an IELTS test and there some problems that you believe affected your score. write a letter to the British council or IDP. in your letter explain what happened say if other candidates were affected and explain what you would like the BC/IDP to do.

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You work for an international company and would like to spend six months working in its head office in another company 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

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There have been several complaints about the reception area where visitors to your company arrive. Your manager has asked you to suggest how the reception area could be improved. Write a letter to your manager. describe the complaints that have been made say why the reception area is important suggest how the reception area could be improved Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

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You are working for an international company. You have seen an advertisement for a training course which will be useful for your work. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter, you should: • describe why you want to take the course • explaining how it will be beneficial to company • tell who will be managing your work in your absence.

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Write at least 150 words. You have seen a job advertised in the newspaper. You want to apply for the job. Write a letter to the manager of the company. In your letter • provide information about yourself • give details of your previous work experience • Say why the company should consider you for the job You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows:

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You have lost something on a bus and called customer service to get help. You weren't happy with their response. Write a letter to the bus company manager. In your letter, you should: • describe the item you lost • explain why you weren't happy with the customer service • say what action you would like the company to take.

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Write at least 150 words. You have seen a job advertised in the newspaper. You want to apply for the job. Write a letter to the manager of the company. In your letter • provide information about yourself • give details of your previous work experience • Say why the company should consider you for the job You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows: Dear Sir,

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You have recently ordered an item through the internet but are not happy with the purchase. Write to the company. In your letter – describe what you purchased – explain why you are not happy with the purchase – tell them what you would like them to do about the situation.

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You use public transport and have been facing issues. Write a letter to the public transport authorities. In your letter include: Why public transport is important to you What problem you face Suggest what can be done to improve public transport

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You recently read an article in the newspaper about someone you know personally. You found some information is wrong. Write a letter to editor to inform him about it. What is the article about? What is the error? What you expect an editor to do?

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You recently travelled on the local bus service in your town. You think the driver drove badly and was rude to the passengers. Write a letter to the manager of the local bus service. In your letter introduce yourself and say when the incident happened describe what you saw and heard say what you would like the bus company to do about it You should write at least 150 words.

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You booked a tour package for your family through a travel agent. You had enjoyed the tour very much. Write a letter to the travel agent to thank them. In your letter: Mention the tour you took Describe the things about the tour you & your family liked the best Also, suggest any improvements to make things better

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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 have done since the course suggest another course you would like the school to offer

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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 have done since the course suggest another course you would like the school to offer

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You live in a room in college which you share with another student. However, there are many problems with this arrangement and you find it very difficult to work. Write a letter to the accommodation officer at the college. In the letter • describe the situation • explain your problems and why it is difficult to work • say what kind of accommodation you would prefer

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You need to take some time off of work to go on holiday. Write a letter to your direct manager. Ask for time off and explain why. Provide the dates and times for which you will be unavailable to work. Describe what you will do to prepare or make up for your absence.

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Write a letter to your manager about your work from last year. Include What you did What you think you could improve A training request

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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