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IELTS Semi-Formal Letter 2 - General Training Writing Task 1

You are applying for a job and need a letter of reference from your old teacher who knew you when you were at university.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

You are applying for a job and need a letter of reference from your old teacher who knew you when you were at university. In your letter:

  •  say what job you have applied for
  •  explain why you want this job
  •  suggest what information the teacher should include

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………………,

Sample Answer:

Dear Mr. Taylor,

I am one of your former students in the MBA program, and I am writing to request a letter of reference for a job since you know me very well from my studies. I have recently applied for a position as a marketing assistant that requires a letter of recommendation from a teacher as part of the application process.

I am interested in this position because of my passion for marketing and my outgoing personality. Moreover, I consider marketing management a promising career path, and I am constantly striving to enhance my interpersonal skills in order to be successful in this profession.

In regards to the reference letter, I would appreciate it if you could include details about my academic achievements and participation in numerous extra-curricular activities during my studies. It may reflect my intellectual and social competence to the employer. Additionally, you can mention the skills that I possess and how they will help me in my work performance.

Thank you in advance. I look forward to receiving the letter soon.

Yours sincerely,
Fifty Geeks