IELTS Letter to a Pen Friend

by Farhad

I need my writing task 1 to be rated and corrected.

You have a penfriend living in another country and he/she is curious to know about the major news items in your country.

Briefly describe ONE news story that has been on TV, on the radio, or in the newspapers in your country, and explain why people are interested in it.

You do NOT need to write your own address.


Dear Matilda,

I hope all is well with you and we can meet each other one day. It’s always a pleasure for me to write you back. You expressed the desire to know about the major news items in my country. I chose the most important of them for you.

The presidential election will be held on June 14 in my country. Almost every TV channel and radio station is talking about it these days. The competition is between six candidates. Current president actions have led the country into international economic sanctions and isolation, which cost us the value of our currency. We have experienced the highest growth in inflation during his presidency since the beginning of the regime. People don’t have faith in the elections because the Guardian Council of Constitution -- a group of six clerics and six lawyers operating under the oversight of the supreme leader -- decides about qualification of registered candidates. But people also don’t want someone like the current president to run for the office. So this is choosing between bad and worse. There’s still a little hope left to repair the issues in the long term by choosing a reform-minded or a moderate candidate.

Let me know if you ever need to know about anything else. I am also interested about major news items in your country.

Best wishes,
John Smith

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Jul 06, 2014
Good
by: Ak

I think it was perfect. Good use of vocabulary. Though I am not fully to judge, I think your letter was good enough.

Dont know what band it would fall. But i think shouldn't be below 7

Aug 01, 2014
Thank you.
by: Farhad

Thank you AK for taking the time. New comments are appreciated.

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Studying at a Language School

by Raven
(Toronto)

This is my answer of the task 1. If anyone can tell me what I can do to improve my writing, it will help me a lot!

Thank you everyone who spend time on my stuff!


One of your pen friends wants to improve their English at a language school. They have never studied at a language school before and have asked for your advice on how to choose a good one.

Write a letter to your pen friend. Advise them about the following:

- the teaching method
- the number of students in a class
- the number of hours a week


Dear Sarah,

Thank you for your letter. I think going to language school is an effective to improve your English. Since I have done few courses, I believe that I could give you some advice to choose a right school.

The first thing you should concern about is the methodology of teaching. There are some school only have you sit in front of the teachers and all they give is lectures but no no practice. I would not enroll in that kind of school if I were you. Working with classmates would help you improve speaking as well as listening, so choose the school provides team work and practice.

Than number of students is also important. You'd better not go to the school with large group, because it tends to be mixed ability. You may find the pace of class is too fast or too slow. I think between 10 to 15 is a good number. Teachers are able to have enough time to take care of all the students and you are able to focus on the lecture.

And other thing you should think about is the intensity of the course. I have had a course once with intensive schedule. It was not a good idea because you wouldn't have much time to study over. I'd advise you take the course with longer period to allow you to understand everything.

Hopefully it could helps. If you need any more advise, just drop me a line.

All the best,

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