IELTS® General Writing Practice 1

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For this task, you will be presented with a situation and will need to write a personal response explaining the situation or requesting information about the situation in the form of an informal, semi-formal or formal letter.

This task assesses your ability to follow English letter-writing conventions (i.e. what order to put information in, what style to use, how to start and finish a letter), to use language accurately and appropriately and to organise and link information coherently and cohesively.

  • - You should spend about 20 minutes on this part.
  • - Write at least 150 words
QUESTION:

You 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.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,

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Question

You have a suggestion for a park near your apartment building.

Write a letter to your city's council board. In your letter:

  • Describe who you are and what your suggestion is
  • Explain why you think this suggestion will improve the park
  • Detail when you would like to see this suggestion in action

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Councilor,


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Dear Councilor,

My name is I am Jose, residing at street no.321 building 232- A in your council ward area. I would like to write this letter for with the suggestion of building a public park near our residential area. More than 500 people residing reside in this area, but there is no public park or any play grounds playground in our the surrounding area,s areas. Our children also facing face lot lots of problems regarding the lack of park parks and playgrounds in this region.


This letter may help the council start to think thinking about the importance of having a public park in this residential area. Most of the tenants in my building also have the same opinions opinion in on this subject. This park will help our children to do more physical activitiesand we can improve our social status also as well.


I hope the council can decide to take make a plan to during the next council meeting and also you can start the construction of the park within a month.


Thanking You Yours sincerely,

Jose

 
Model Essay
Transition words are highlighted in red
Advanced grammar structures are highlighted in green
Topic vocabulary are highlighted in blue

Dear Sir or Madam, 

I am writing in regards to an international flight that I missed due to reasons beyond my control.

For the past two weeks, I have been traveling for business and speaking at international conferences. Unfortunately, I arrived to the Tokyo airport over three hours delayed yesterday afternoon, due to the technical difficulties experienced by one of your company's aircrafts. Consequently, I missed my connecting flight from Tokyo to Madrid, and could not attend the conference.

As a result of the delay, my company had to send another executive to speak at the conference in Madrid. This is not only a major inconvenience on our end, but it is a costly expenditure as well. Additionally, I have had to pay out of pocket for my lodgings in Madrid.


Since the delay was caused by your aircraft, I hope that you will compensate me for the cost of my lodgings in Madrid as well as my additional flight home to Toronto, Canada.

I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Traynor


Word Count: 174 

QUESTION:

You 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.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,

Model Essay Analysis

Scoring 
In short, this is a Band 9 essay. Let's look at how it would rate in the scoring areas:

Task Achievement/Response  - The essay covers the three main points in the task – it describes what happened for the writer to have missed her flight, it explains how missing the flight has impacted her, and it clearly states what she would like the airline to do.

Coherence and Cohesion – The essay was clearly organized, contained different paragraphs per each point as well as spaces after each paragraph. Each idea flowed nicely after the other and was formal in tone. Transitions were used well.

Lexical Resource: A table below will showcase the lexical resource. In general, the essay contained useful vocabulary that was specific to traveling—specifically airport travel. These vocabulary words are an example of the candidate's past studies in the English language. The transition words were varied and quite strong throughout the essay.

Grammatical Range and Accuracy: A table below will showcase the grammatical structures. In general, the essay contained the passive voice when necessary, as well as present perfect continuous in the beginning paragraph. The candidate showcased her confidence using different types of grammatical forms.

Potential Areas for Improvement: While the structure, task achievement, and cohesion were excellent, the writer could have used different types of grammatical range. One example could include using past perfect to describe the problems associated with the aircraft.


Topic Vocabulary

Grammar Structures

Transition Words

These vocabulary words are either specific to the theme of airport travel and travel in general, as well as advanced-level phrases:
- beyond my control
- delayed
- aircrafts
- technical difficulties
- connecting flight
- major inconvenience
- pay out of pocket
- costly expenditure
- lodgings
- delay
- compensate

I have been traveling – present perfect continuous

I have had to pay – present perfect

…the delay was caused by… – passive voice



Unfortunately
Consequently
Since
Additionally
As a result

 
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