IELTS Writing: Letter to the editor of a local newspaper
Your local newspaper would like to have a new regular weekly feature on a subject of interest for readers. Readers are being encouraged to make suggestions sent in an e-mail to the newspaper.
Write a letter to the newspaper. In your letter:
Suggest a topic that you think would be popular.
Say why it would be of interest
Explain why it is more relevant/interesting than other topics
First of all, I would like to congratulate you for successfully completing two years as a publication house. You keep adding interesting columns in your newspaper. Readers like me appreciate your articles. I am writing in regard to the feature your newspaper is planning to introduce for which readers are welcomed to provide their suggestions.
You can consider ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ as a subject of interest for readers. Due to the modern lifestyle, people are overloaded with responsibilities. In order to fulfill these responsibilities, they often overlook their health. As a result, they suffer from depression, anxiety and other health issues. In this column you can provide information about how a healthy mind is important for a healthy body. You can further discuss in detail about how to get the same with the help of spiritualism, yoga and regular exercise etc.
This topic is indeed of great importance because healthy people are happy people or vice-versa. Readers will definitely show their keen interest in this column and would love to learn new tips for leading a balanced life.
I hope you will take my suggestion into consideration. (188 Words)
IELTS General Training Writing Task 1: Letter to a friend
A good friend has just changed school and is having difficulty fitting in and needs your advice.
Write a letter to your friend. In your letter:
• Make suggestions as to how they could make friends.
• Suggest joining clubs, participating in school activities.
• Give any extra general advice
Write at least 150 words.
I was glad to see your letter after a long time. I am sorry I couldn’t reply earlier as I went to Japan to spend holidays with my aunt. We returned last week. I am happy to know that you consider me a person whose advice can help you to adjust in a new environment.
I believe, in order to feel comfortable at a new place, you should start exploring all interesting places nearby. Be humble to the people you encounter with. Try to initiate dialogue with them, instead of waiting for them to be friendly. Then, share your contact number so that you can invite them to spend some quality time together. You can also join some clubs or hobby classes, where you can find people having the similar interests like you. In school, try to participate in some group activities for understanding your classmates. While doing such activities, you can also share your thoughts with them.
I hope you get some help from this letter to deal with the situation. I really miss the wonderful time we spent together in school. Keep writing so that we can carry forward this special bond of friendship for lifetime. (198 words)
Q1. Should there be competition at workplace? A1. Competition is pervasive i.e., found in all types of organisations. Competition at workplace can be healthy or unhealthy, depending on the attitude and intentions of a person who is competing. Healthy competition is considered to be constructive, whereas unhealthy competition could be quite destructive. Competition is a feeling which encourages people to contribute best of their efforts to achieve desired goals. Thus, in my opinion, as long as the competition is healthy, it is perfectly acceptable in the organisation.
Q2. What type of jobs have a high level of competition? A2. Employees work on different levels in an organisation. Jobs which are highly paid generally have a high level of competition as these involve an increased level of responsibility and accountability. Jobs which involve more power and authority tend to have high competition level.
Q3. Who is more successful: a person born with competitive skills or, the one who has learnt these skills? A3. In my opinion, successful people may or may not be born with competitive skills but they know how to best apply these skills in a productive way. They also keep enhancing their skills required to win the competition. Competitive people can utilise their aggression in a right and productive way. Competition is necessary to achieve something bigger but not at the cost of feelings and emotions of others.
REASONS FOR COMPETITION
Q4. Why do people compete? A4. There are different people with different levels of needs. People who wants to be recognised and praised, do favour competition. Some people believe in competition because they think that it leads to favourable outcomes. It gives them an edge over others. Competition is important for the people who want to perform better by breaking the existing records so as to create new benchmarks to follow. People with positive discontent also compete, where they remain dissatisfied with their current status, yet keep aspiring for better with a positive attitude.
Q5. What are the factors responsible for preventing a person from being competitive? A5. In my opinion, there are three major factors responsible for discouraging people to compete. The first in the list is fear of failure. People are afraid of being competitive as it can bring their self-esteem down if they lose anyways. The other factor is sense of gratification. Some people reach at a level where all their needs get satisfied, so nothing is left to compete for. The next one is past experiences: If someone have had a bad experience due to being a part of completion, they refrain themselves from it.
Competitions are the part and parcel of life and there is no denying that competitions make us better at what we do! Not only they push us beyond our limits, they challenge us to try new things. In our lives, no matter how big or small they were, competitions have always been present. Be it fighting with your sibling for a remote or for that matter with your colleague for better job! Competitions do make us better individuals by pushing us beyond what we imagine for ourselves. In the post below we are looking at a sample answer on recently asked IELTS speaking cue card about a competition the individual would like to participate in. So, delve in to find it out and learn how to answer the question better !
IELTS Speaking Cue Card – A competition you like to participate in
Talk about a competition (cooking, sports…etc.) you would like to participate in
What type of competition would it be?
Where will it be held?
What all qualities a person should have to be a part of such competition?
Why do you want to participate in it?
Competition is a natural instinct which makes a person beat the benchmark and create a new record. I want to participate in a storytelling competition. Storytelling is something in which the storyteller tries to convey a message, knowledge or information about an incident using a sequence of activities leading to a particular outcome.
Coming to the qualities one needs to become an outstanding story-teller, a person should have an ability to imagine and be able to connect well with the audience. He should also have excellent communication and inter-personal skills. Sense of humour will certainly be an added value. We can make storytelling more effective by using props, background music and special effects. With the help of voice modulations and mimicry, one can make story-telling more appealing.
I have developed an interest in storytelling over a period of time. I believe, I am fully equipped with the qualities a storyteller needs to have. A storyteller makes sure that audience not merely listen to the story but should also relate with the content of the story. This leaves an everlasting effect on the audience and they remember the story and storyteller for the lifetime. Therefore, it is significant for a storyteller to make this activity entertaining rather than monotonous.
When I was a child, my grandmother used to tell beautiful stories. Her way of narrating was so impressive and convincing that I used to believe in the existence of all fictional characters of such stories. By far, I have realized that storytelling is an art to make the audience become overwhelmed with the experience of listening to a story. (268 words)