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IELTS General Writing Task 1 with model answer

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic

Your local council is considering closing a sport and leisure centre that it runs, in order to save money.
Write a letter to the local council, in your letter,

 - Give details of how you and your friends or family use the centre.
 - Explain the why the centre is important for the local community.
 - Describe the possible effects on local people if the centre closed.

Write at least 150 words.

Model Answer:


Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing this letter to express grave concerns about the recent decision by local council to close ‘Latham Community Centre’ for monetary reasons. Closure of the community centre will deeply affect the neighbourhood both physically and psychologically.

To begin with, my family and friends extensively use the centre for various activities. My wife and mother take Yoga lessons everyday at the community hall. My friends and I use the sports facilities like badminton and swimming frequently.

In addition to that, the centre is a favourite spot for locals to socialise. It acts as a breath of fresh air in our mundane lives. Children visit the centre regularly for sports and games. In fact it is one of the very few places that is safe for children to play freely. All of the above reasons have led to strong bonding between people and have subsequently created a safe neighbourhood.

Finally, if the council still goes ahead with the closure decision, it will be a great loss to the community. Adults will find it difficult to socialise, children will be deprived of a safe place to play and have fun together.

I sincerely request you to reconsider the decision. I look  forward to hearing a positive outcome from the council.

Yours faithfully,
Christian Bale

Total Words: 175

Task Achievement: 9

Coherence & Cohesion: 9

Lexical resources: 8

Grammar: 8

Overall Score: Band 8.5

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4 Comments
  1. Babita 3 weeks ago

    Hello sir,

    I like your writing style very much, I must say you it not only makes sense but it also improves my vocabulary.
    I want to write like you.
    Kindly let me know, what I should do.

    • Author

      Dear Babita,

      You are on the right track. The first step is to read as much as you can and build up your vocabulary and grammar skills. Next, practice writing letters and essays and try to use the new vocabulary words and grammar that you have learnt.

      Make sure you write under exam conditions i.e. letter within 20 minutes and essay within 40 minutes. Get your letters and essays marked by an English teacher who can point out the areas where you need to improve the most. Then work on those areas before you practice more.

      This is the only way to improve your writing score. I’ve seen students go from 6.5 to 8.0 within a month using this technique.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Atul.

  2. Babita 2 weeks ago

    Thanks a lot sir,
    I will follow your instruction.

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