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GT Task 1: You are planning a surprise birthday party for a friend

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are studying English at a private language school attended by many international students. You are planning a surprise birthday party for a friend who has been feeling particularly sad and homesick.

Write to another classmate and invite him/her to the party. In your letter:

  • explain the reason for the party
  • give the date and time of the party
  • suggest what the classmate could bring to the party

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………………,

Sample Answer:

Dear Tim,

How are you? Hope you’re enjoying the English lessons at the language school. Anyway, not sure if you’re aware of it, but our good classmate, Robin, from Turkey is going to have his 19th birthday next Friday, which falls on the 25th of September, and I’ve made a plan to make it a surprise birthday party just after our English language class.

By the way, in case you haven’t noticed, currently, Robin is going through a rough time since he is feeling a bit more homesick than usual. Besides, he’s also struggling a lot to get used to this new culture of a foreign country. On top of that, the news of his little sister’s sickness has also made him depressed. In this kind of situation, giving him a big surprise on his birthday would certainly cheer him up.

Anyway, I already have a plan about who should bring what to the party. Timothy and Kelly should bring their specially-made flower cake while Johnson should bring his guitar to play his special tune.  As for you and me, we will bring the candles to decorate the cake and the banners to decorate the room.

Let’s have a great party to cheer Robin up!

Warm wishes,


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