IELTS Writing Task 1 General Training Sample Answer Essay: Friendly Letter

IELTS Writing Task 1 General Training Sample Answer Essay: Friendly Letter

Write a letter to friends to inform them of a celebration you are having for a recent job promotion. Include information about

The promotion

The celebration

Their accomodation

 Hey Sally,

It’s been a while since we were last talked and I wanted to touch base with you. Actually, I’m writing to brag because I just got that big promotion I’ve been gunning for! It’s not actually a promotion, more of a new job offer to head up the marketing department for a rival company. It will mean a lot of responsibility and, more importantly, a better salary!

I’m having a dinner with some friends and co-workers who I’ll be leaving behind to celebrate this pivotal moment in my life. It’s going to be at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan called Elio’s, which is well-known for its authentic dishes and how hard it is to get a reservation. They make some of the best ravioli I’ve ever had!

If you are free on the 23rd for dinner you can stay at my place after the party. I’ve got a sofa in the living room that you can use and you can get the train back to Syracuse in the morning. If you want to stay over the whole weekend, that would be no problem either.

Really hope to hear from you!

Jim

 

Analysis

1. Hey Sally,

  1. Say ‘hello’ or ‘hi’ because this is an informal letter.

1. It’s been a while since we were last talked and I wanted to touch base with you. 2. Actually, I’m writing to brag because I just got that big promotion I’ve been gunning for! 3. It’s not actually a promotion, more of a new job offer to head up the marketing department for a rival company. 4. It will mean a lot of responsibility and, more importantly, a better salary!

  1. Begin to discuss the first point by saying your purpose for writing.
  2. Add more detail.
  3. Keep adding detail for 2 – 3 sentences.
  4. The more detail on each point, the better the task achievement score!

1. I’m having dinner with some friends and co-workers who I’ll be leaving behind to celebrate this pivotal moment in my life. 2. It’s going to be at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan called Elio’s, which is well-known for its authentic dishes and how hard it is to get a reservation. 3. They make some of the best ravioli I’ve ever had!

  1. Start writing about the second point.
  2. Develop it with specific detail.
  3. Add as much as possible!

1. If you are free on the 23rd for dinner you can stay at my place after the party. 2. I’ve got a sofa in the living room that you can use and you can get the train back to Syracuse in the morning. 3. If you want to stay over the whole weekend, that would be no problem either.

  1. Write about the third point.
  2. Make sure it is fully covered…
  3. and detailed or you will get a low task achievement score!

1. Really hope to hear from you!

2. Jim

  1. Write ‘Best Regards’ or a similar informal phrase to end the letter.
  2. Sign/write your name at the end.

 

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

Hey Sally,

It’s been a while since we were last talked and I wanted to touch base with you. Actually, I’m writing to brag because I just got that big promotion I’ve been gunning for! It’s not actually a promotion, more of a new job offer to head up the marketing department for a rival company. It will mean a lot of responsibility and, more importantly, a better salary!

I’m having dinner with some friends and co-workers who I’ll be leaving behind to celebrate this pivotal moment in my life. It’s going to be at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan called Elio’s, which is well-known for its authentic dishes and how hard it is to get a reservation. They make some of the best ravioli I’ve ever had!

If you are free on the 23rd for dinner you can stay at my place after the party. I’ve got a sofa in the living room that you can use and you can get the train back to Syracuse in the morning. If you want to stay over the whole weekend, that would be no problem either.

Really hope to hear from you!

Jim

Answers


been a while take some time

touch base with reconnecting with

brag show off

big promotion moving up the ladder

gunning for trying to get

new job offer new employment opportunity

head up be in charge of

marketing department advertising

rival company competitor

salary wages

pivotal moment key point

well-known famous

authentic dishes real food

reservation get a table/seat

some of the best ravioli among the best pasta around

free, not busy

stay at my place sleepover at my home

get the train back take the train to your home afterward

whole weekend Saturday and Sunday

no problem either also fine

really hope to hear from you looking forward to your response

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