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GT Task 1: You are going to New Zealand for English and Homestay program

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are going to visit New Zealand for an ‘English and Homestay’ program. You have just received details of your homestay host family.

Write your first letter to the family. In your letter

  • introduce yourself
  • ask the family some questions to get information that is important to you
  • tell the family about your arrival date and time

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ……………..,

Model Answer 1:

Dear Mr and Mrs Smith,

I’m Milad Rahimi from India, have recently registered for two-weeks English Homestay programme at your house in New Zealand. I am fascinated to have you as my mentor during the programme. I really appreciate your letter that I received yesterday and writing for some information and to notify you of my arrival date.

I am really delighted that you have agreed to host me for the programme. This will definitely enable me to fully immerse myself in the English Culture and further enhance my understanding of your tradition and way of life. As I am coming to New Zealand for the first time, I am not familiar with the weather and I don’t know what kind of clothes I should bring with me. Would you please suggest me on that? I would also like to inform you that I am a vegetarian. Moreover, I need your suggestion about the things I should bring with me to your house. Finally, I would appreciate your advice on the type of books I should read about New Zealand that might help me understand your culture.

I will arrive in Auckland on 20th September at around 7:30 pm if my flight makes no delay.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Yours Sincerely,

Milad Rahimi

Model Answer 2:

Dear Mr Johnson,

I have just received details of my English Homestay programme at your family and writing to introduce myself and ask for some information. I would like to thank you for agreeing to host me.

My name is Anna Ferra, I am 21 and live with my family in Lyon, France, which is my hometown. My native language is French and I am looking forward to improving my English during the trip to New Zealand. I will get enrolled in university soon and I am passionate about computer programming.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with some information about your house and family. To begin with, I would prefer to live in a single room which has enough natural airflow. Besides, I am a vegetarian and hope that it would not be a big problem for you. Secondly, I would like to learn more about your family’s daily routines, like the games you like to play together, the type of TV programmes you watch and so on. This could help me to participate in all your routines like a relative.

I am very eager to meet you in person. By the way, I have already bought the plane ticket and would be happy if you could meet me at the airport. This is my first time in New Zealand. I will hopefully arrive on September 18, at 10:00 am, Wellington time.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely yours,

Anna Ferra

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