BEST TIP : WRITING AN INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

BEST TIP : WRITING AN INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

Most of you would know that the informal letters are a part of the Ielts General Training writing module. But before digging deep into it let’s have a look on the complete GT writing format.

The GENERAL TRAINING WRITING MODULE:

The General Training Writing test comprises of a total of two tasks that are based upon topics of general interest. 

INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

Task 1 

In this part, you would be presented with a question that would contain a situation and asked to write a letter for either requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter can be personal, semi-formal or formal in style. 

Task 2 

In the second task, on the other hand, you would be required to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or issue. The essay can be slightly more personal in style as compared to an Academic Writing task. You will have to support your opinion along with relevant examples from your own knowledge and experience.

This article would emphasise on the task 1 personal or informal letters.

INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

IDENTIFYING INFORMAL LETTERS:


You can easily identify if a letter is personal or informal by looking at the question structure and details of the recipient. For instance, if a letter is to be written to your friend, family member or any other family member, the letter is obviously personal. Here are some examplary questions of informal letters given below:

1) You are having a party and want to invite your friend from a different city.

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

Describe why you are having the party

Give directions on how to get to the venue

Suggest how you can accommodate him/her

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,

INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

2) You play a team sport with some friends. Last week a member of the team had an accident and wasn’t able to play with you

Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:

Tell him which team won

Describe the weather conditions that day

Say how you felt about the match

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

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ___,

INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

HOW TO PLAN AN INFORMAL LETTER:


It may seem like a waste of valuable time, but planning is an important part of the IELTS writing paper. Many candidates don’t do it and resultantly, they normally get confused and lost in the middle of their writing and waste plenty of time while trying to make their writing clear and organised. Never forget that your letter must be well organised and easy to read and a plan will really assist you with this.

Given below is the structure of the letter that you can follow when doing task 1.

Dear [First name only of friend]

Paragraph 1- Say why you are writing to them (I’m just writing to let you know that….)

Paragraph 2- Bullet point 1 and supporting details

Paragraph 3- Bullet point 2 and supporting details

Paragraph 4- Bullet point 3 and supporting details

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

All the best

[Your first name only]

You do not need to change this structure and you can use it again and again for any informal task 1 answer. Try to always make a plan before you initiate writing and use it to form a letter. All you have to do then is think of the supporting details for paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 and write your answer.

INFORMAL LANGUAGE

Informal language does not mean you can relax and write like you would in a text message to a friend. Remember that this is an English test and your grammar and spelling will have to be correct.

Avoid using abbreviations like ‘n’ for and or ‘bcz’ for because. Also, don’t use acronyms like ‘LOL’ or ‘OMG’ .

It is a good idea to use contractions like ‘I’ve’, ‘I’d’ and ‘I’m’. This is one of the ways that you can show the examiner that you know how to write an informal letter.

Below is a range of informal language that you can use in your informal letters. Which ones you use will depend on the context.

INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

Stating Purpose

I’m just writing to let you know that….

I’m writing to tell you about….

Apologising

I’m very sorry about…..

I’d like to apologise for….

Asking for help

I’d be really grateful if you could…..

I was wondering if you would give me a hand with…..

I was wondering if you would do me a favour.

Expressing Satisfaction

I was over the moon to hear about….

I was thrilled to find out that/about……

INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

Giving bad news

I’m afraid I’ve a bit of bad news for you.

Ending

All the best.
Keep in touch.

Use this method and tips for writing your informal letters next time and note the difference yourself by enhancing your knowledge.

Thanks for reading.

INFORMAL LETTER IN IELTS

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