Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

This is the main difference between Academic and General Training for the IELTS exam- Task 1.

To be honest, the letter can be, should be, very fun to write!

Take notes on my tips for the video, and use these tips to check your letter every time you practice.

1. Tone

  • Tone is about making your vocabulary appropriate for the recipient of the letter.
  • If you are writing to a friend, your tone must be informal. This means you must use some slang and idioms, as you would in real life.
  • However, remember that your grammar must still be “formal”, meaning that you must use all complete sentences. Also, for high grammar scores in the IELTS General Task 1 letter, you need to use a variety of sentence structures.
  • In contrast, if you are writing to a stranger, such as for a job or inquiry, your vocabulary must be formal. For example, you could say, “I am writing in regards to…”

2. Don’t Waste Words

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3. Be Creative

For instance, if the General Task 1 question asked you to apply for a management job at a hotel you could give details such as:

BA in Hospitality Management from UCLA
Interned at the Belagio in Las Vegas, increased occupancy by 7%
The job you want is at the Hotel Morocco, 50 rooms, 5 restaurants
Restaurants with cuisine from China to Timbuktu

Follow the tips above to impress the examiner!

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