IELTS Writing: General Training Task 1 sample


Here is an IELTS General Training Writing Task 1 practice.

The local council has decided to build a block of flats on the park opposite the place where you are living.
Write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper ;
 - Where did you hear this news and your opinion
 - The reason why you protest it
 - Make suggestions for what people can or should do to stop the development.

You should write at least 150 words.
You do NOT need to write your address or the address of the newspaper.
Start the letter as follows:

Sample answer:

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to your newspaper to protest about the proposed development of Newtown Park opposite where I live.

The local council has written to us saying that they are going to build a huge five-storey block of flats on the part next year. I strongly object to this proposal, and so do my neigoubours.

There are too many flats in this area already. Although it is true that people have to have a place to live, they have to have a place to play as well. If the council goes ahead and builds this apartment block, our children would lose their playground. Besides, that is the only park we have in this suburb.

We need this park, and we need the trees and the green space that it provides. If you agree that we must save our lovely park, write to this newspaper and tell the council how you feel about their development plans. Write to me and perhaps we can ask people to sign a petition to stop the project.

Yours faithfully,
Jeffrey Wang

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  15. yang

    hi, i understand that the exam question said begin your letter with “dear … ,” about the comma, i know it is formal to use a colon, so if i change the comma to colon, will i lose marks, will they think this is a mistake ?

    thank you

    1. Jeffrey

      You should use comma. And I also don’t think the punctuation is a big issue in IELTS writing.


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