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IELTS Letter Writing Topics
IELTS Letter Writing Topics 2020

IELTS Letter Writing Topics 2020

The IELTS General Training exam is divided into two parts – task 1 and task 2. IELTS Writing task 1 is always letter writing and  you are asked to write at least 150 words. In order to complete the task, it is advisable to spend 20  minutes, as it is responsible for 30% of the total general training exam.

The letter can be any of the following types as mentioned below

  • Formal – written to someone whom you don’t know personally. 
  • Semi-formal – written to someone whom you know formally. 
  • Informal written to someone whom you only know personally. 

IELTS Letter Writing Topics

Letter of Amendment

Recently you saw an article in a newspaper/journal about a city/town you know and some of the information in the article was incorrect. Write a letter to the editor regarding this.

In your letter, you should tell:

  • how you know about this city/town
  • what information was incorrect
  • what the editor should do about this.

Letter of Apology

You recently stayed at your friend’s place, to look after the house while he/she is away. You accidentally damaged something in his/her house. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:

  • describe what the accident was
  • explain when it happened
  • suggest how the damage can be fixed.

Letter of Request

You are planning a week-long vacation and you need someone to take care of your house while you are away. Write a letter to your neighbor and tell them that you are going away.

In your letter, you should:

  • ask them to take care of your house
  • explain why you will be away.

Letter of Invitation

You are planning for a vacation and want your friend to go with you. Write a letter to your friend.

In your letter, you should:

  • tell him/her why you want to take a vacation
  • describe your plan
  • invite him/her to go with you.

Letter of Appreciation

A colleague gave you a book which you used for your presentation. Write a letter to your colleague.

In your letter, you should say:

  • what the presentation was about,
  • why the presentation was important
  • how the book helped you.

Letter of Suggestion

Write a letter to your local council that the street you are living in has become dirty lately.

In your letter, you should tell:

  • why it is happening
  • what problems it will cause
  • what your suggestions are.

Letter of Recommendation

Write a letter to the director of your company to recommend a group in your local community which deserves help.

In your letter, you should tell:

  • why you suggest helping this group
  • how your company can help this group
  • what the benefits your company will in return for.

Letter of Complaint

You have a complaint about the hotel you stayed at while attending a seminar in a foreign country. 

Write a letter to the seminar organiser and say

  • What problem did you face there?
  • Why do you want to complain about it?
  • What is your suggestion for improvement in the future?

Letter of Recommendation

Write a letter to the manager of a company which is based in a foreign country to recommend your family member for a suitable job. 

In your letter,

  • Introduce yourself and say what you are doing
  • Describe the role your family member is interested in
  • Explain why he or she is suitable for the job

List of topics that can be asked in IELTS General Writing task 1

  • Suggestion 
  • Advice
  • Complaint 
  • Information
  • Amendment
  • Accommodation
  •  Apology
  • Complaint 
  • Recommendation 
  • Enquiry 
  • Request 
  • Application
  • Explanation 
  • Appreciation
  • Invitation 

The list of topics mentioned above will help you get ready for the exam. They can help you prepare and tackle the questions with ease. 

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Janet had been an IELTS Trainer before she dived into the field of Content Writing. During her days of being a Trainer, Janet had written essays and sample answers which got her students an 8+ band in the IELTS Test. Her contributions to our articles have been engaging and simple to help the students understand and grasp the information with ease. Janet, born and brought up in California, had no idea about the IELTS until she moved to study in Canada. Her peers leaned to her for help as her first language was English.

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