Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you looking for resources to improve your general training informal letters?

This is tough, because finding models for formal letters is certainly easy, but informal samples are not abundant.

As far as examples go, this site has three models which will be helpful in terms of tone, vocabulary and ideas.

However, for high IELTS scores in every scoring category, we have some more specific advice.

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Cohesion Coherence

  • Unlike real life, we still must use linking words in an informal letter for a good score in this category.
  • Try introducing and linking ideas using informal fillers like we do in speaking.
  • Transitions using ‘you‘ are good here, like “This may surprise you, but…


  • For IELTS, it doesn’t matter what kind of writing you are doing, you must use a variety of sentence structures.
  • Read high-level writing to learn a variety of impressive structures.

Do you have questions about writing letters for IELTS Task 1?

Leave your queries in the comments section below!


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