Model answers for Cambridge IELTS Book 14 Task 1 General Letters Written by Mike Wattie, IELTS examiner and author.
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
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Smith,
I am writing to express my interest in the live-in nanny position that you have advertised in Time Magazine.
The main reason for my interest is that I am a responsible and compassionate individual who loves working with children and would be honored to have the opportunity to care for your six-year-old child while experiencing Australian culture and family values in-person.
I am confident that my skills and experience make me an ideal candidate for the position as I am a recent graduate with a degree in Early Childhood Education and have several years of experience working as a nanny and babysitter. Additionally, I am CPR and First Aid certified, ensuring that your child will always be safe in my care.
During my time in Australia, I plan to spend my leisure time exploring the country’s beautiful natural landscapes and learning about the culture. I am also eager to improve my Australian accent and language skills.
Thank you for considering my application. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.
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
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to bring to your attention an error in an article titled “Discovering Chiang Mai,” that was recently published in Conde Nast.
The article stated that Chiang Mai’s rainy season starts in March. However, the correct information is that the monsoon arrives in late April. This mistake may lead to readers having a false impression of the ideal season to visit my hometown and could affect their booking decisions.
Furthermore, it is crucial for travel magazines to provide accurate information to their readers. Travelers rely on this information to plan their trips and make decisions about where to visit. Providing incorrect information can lead to disappointment and dissatisfaction among readers and also damage the magazine’s reputation.
In light of this situation, I suggest that the magazine should print a correction in the next issue. Additionally, I recommend that the magazine’s editorial team fact-checks all information before publishing to ensure accuracy in the future.
Thank you for your attention to this matter, and I hope the magazine will take the necessary steps to rectify this error.
You recently went to a concert and thought one of the singers was very good.
You want to tell him how you feel.
Write a letter to the singer. In your letter
• say how you feel about his performance
• give details of your musical activities
• explain how you would like him to help you with your musical activities
Dear Ed Sheeran,
I am writing to express my admiration for your performance at the concert I recently attended in Montreal.
Your singing was truly exceptional, and it left a profound impact on me. I have a deep appreciation for the dedication and skill it takes to create such an outstanding performance.
As a musician myself, I’ve been active in the music scene for quite some time now, I play the guitar and piano, and I also compose and record my own songs. However, my talent pales in comparison to yours.
I was wondering if you would be willing to offer me some guidance and advice on my musical journey. I believe that your experience and expertise would be invaluable to me, and I would be truly grateful for any insights you could provide. I understand that you are a busy person, and I would be happy to make arrangements that suit your schedule.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
You recently did a short cookery course. The cookery school asked for your feedback on this course.
Write a letter to the course director at the cookery school.
• 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
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to express my appreciation for the one-week cookery course that I recently completed at your school. The course was an incredible experience, and I would like to take this opportunity to provide a detailed response on various aspects.
I particularly relished the hands-on approach of the course, which allowed me to put the techniques and recipes I learned into practice immediately. The instructors were knowledgeable, patient, and provided valuable feedback throughout the week.
Since completing the course, I have been putting my new skills to good use by cooking at home. I have been experimenting with different Asian ingredients and techniques, and I have been receiving positive feedback from my family and friends.
I would like to request that the school offers another course that focuses on Moroccan cuisine. I believe this would be a great addition to the current offerings and would allow me and other students to expand our culinary skills even further.
Thank you again for the wonderful experience and I look forward to taking more classes in the future.
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