This lesson is based on task 1 of the General IELTS Writing exam, in which you write some form of correspondence. There is a model answer and four exercises, practising aspects of informal language such as contractions and phrasal verbs. You must complete each exercise before moving on to the next.
Task type: apologising / giving advice
Key skills: using grammar (e.g. contractions) and vocabulary (e.g. phrasal verbs) for giving advice in informal writing
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
A friend recently asked for some advice about a work-related difficulty. You had planned to meet this person to discuss the issue but had to cancel at the last minute.
Write a letter to your friend.
In your letter:
– Apologise for cancelling your original meeting
– Show that you understand what your friend is going through
– Give advice about the problem your friend is dealing with
You should write at least 150 words.
You do not need to write your own address.
Just wanted to write to say I’m really sorry for cancelling on you last week. My dad went into hospital, so I had to fly home immediately. He’ll pull through, but I’m still here for now. I feel terrible for backing out on you at the last minute, though. I won’t let you down again. I’ll make it up to you… Drinks are on me when I get back.
I know it’s been a tough time for you lately, getting laid off and all. It’s not easy, that’s for sure. Maybe I haven’t mentioned this, but I went through a few difficult months last year after my contract ended with TDM. Not to say our experiences are exactly the same, but I do know how frustrating it can be.
Above all else, I’d say stay as positive as possible. Don’t let your immediate feelings stop you from seeing the glass as half full. Things will turn around, I’m sure! Just get out and stay active. If you’re lying in bed all day like I was, you’ll only spiral into a deeper sense of despair. Why not sign up at that kickboxing gym near your place?
Looking forward to those beers when I’m back!