Sample IELTS letters

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A lost certificate – request letter

Your company sent you on a training course in another country and at the end of the training you got a certificate which you have lost. Write letter to the course organiser and tell him/her:

  • How you lost your certificate.
  • Why you need the certificate now.
  • What you need him to do for you.

Sample letter and lesson with helpful vocabulary for making more formal requests

Informal letter questions

A holiday competition – invitation letter

You won a competition and received a vacation for two as a prize. Write a letter to ask them to go on holiday with you. In the letter, you should:

  • tell him/her about the competition you won,
  • state what kind of vacation it is,
  • explain why you would like him/her to go on holiday with you

Sample letter and lesson with advice on 6 different ways to make your letters more informal]

Cancelling an arrangement – apology letter

You arranged to visit a friend in England but an important event at home now means that you must change the dates of the visit. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

  • Explain the important event
  • Apologise for the situation
  • Suggest a new arrangement

Sample letter with advice for band score 8.0 candidates on how to improve their score

Cancelling a visit to a friend – apology letter 

A friend who lives in another country has invited to you come and stay with him/her on your next holiday. You are too busy to accept the invitation.Write a letter to your friend. In your letter

  • Thank him/her for the invitation
  • Explain why you cannot come
  • Give him/her your other news

Sample letter with extended lesson on how to make a letter informal

Describing a national dish – advice letter

Your friend is an expert in international food and is going to publish a book soon.Write a letter to him describing a special dish from your country. In your letter you should

  • describe a special dish from your country
  • explain what season people prefer to eat it in
  • say why your friend should include this dish in his book

sample letter with helpful topic vocabulary and letter writing phrases

More formal letters

Changing your course – request letter

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

Sample IELTS letter and lesson with help with vocabulary and ideas and advice on how to structure the letter

Rented accommodation – apology letter

You are staying in rented accommodation. You recently held a party to celebrate your birthday. Several neighbours have complained about the noise to your landlord. Write a letter to your landlord. In your letter:

  • apologise for the disturbance
  • explain the situation
  • say how you will remedy the situation

sample letter with lesson explaining how to write it

A faulty mobile phone – complaint letter

You have just bought a new mobile phone from a website on the internet. When it was delivered, the phone was faulty. Write a letter to the website. In the letter:

  • introduce yourself
  • explain the situation
  • state what action you want to be taken

Part-time employment – application letter

You are looking for part-time employment. Write a letter to an employment agency. In your letter

  • introduce yourself
  • explain what type of work you are looking for
  • say what experience and skills you have

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