Model answers for tasks used in this lesson

To finish this lesson, take a look at the 6 model answers below. All the questions below have been used in this lesson. Model answer 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You ordered a new credit card from your bank three weeks ago but it has still not arrived. Write a … Read more

Video: Timing Task 1 letters

Narration: Let’s look briefly at some approximate timings for Task I. To complete the task, you are given 20 minutes and as you should already have seen in previous lessons, there are a number of stages you need to complete within this time. You need to understand the information, plan your answer, write the introduction, … Read more

Video: Ending the letter

Narration: Once you have completed the body of your letter and included all the points that you need to include, you need to show the examiner that the letter is coming to an end. Depending on its purpose, there are a number of ways to finish a letter. First we will look at letters of … Read more

Phrases for ending your letter

Here’s a useful list of ways you can close your letter. Request a reply from the person you are writing to Let me know what you think. (informal) Hope to hear from you soon. (informal / semi-formal) I look forward to your reply. (semi-formal/formal) I look forward to hearing from you. (semi-formal/formal) I would appreciate … Read more

A list of useful introductory phrases

General I am writing regarding / on account of / on the subject of … (formal / semi-formal) I thought I’d drop you a line to say… (informal) I am writing in connection with… (formal / semi-formal) Referring to previous communication Thank you for your letter requesting… (formal and semi-formal letters) I am writing in … Read more

Video: Introductory phrases

Narration: The instructions in the question tell you that you do NOT need to write any addresses at the beginning of your letter. They will also tell you how to begin. For example, you might be told to write this. In other cases, you are not given a name or title, and are told to … Read more

Expanding your answer

At the end of the previous video, we looked at expanding your answers to make sure you meet the 150 word limit. Now practise your skills by taking a quick test. Click the link below to get started!

Video: Planning your letter

Narration: Once you have decided what type of question you have to answer and what skills you will need to use, you should then think about the type of person you have to write to and therefore the register you will have to use. Next, you need to think about an appropriate way to start … Read more

Which range of skills?

Now you’ve seen the video on the previous page, take a quick test to see if you can identify which skills you would need to use for various Task 1 questions. Click the link below to get started!

Video: Considering the task type

Narration: In this lesson we are going to look at the stages you should go through when writing a Task 1 letter. As we have looked at earlier in this course, there are a number of different types of skills you will commonly need to use in the exam. You may need to write a … Read more