IELTS Cue Card Sample 162 - Describe a letter you wrote to someone

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a letter you wrote to someone.

You should say:

  • who you wrote this letter to
  • what you wrote about
  • when it was

and explain why writing this letter was important to you.


 

Model Answer 1:
These days, the habit of writing a letter with pen and notepad is almost gone, courtesy of the invention of the computer, the internet technology and email, but there was a time when people actually considered letter-writing habit as some form of art by adopting different kinds of writing styles. In fact, I also took this letter-writing habit with pen and paper rather seriously as a high school student before more than 15 years when I didn’t have any access to computer or internet.

Today, I would like to talk about one such letter which I wrote to my grandfather when I just got admitted to one of the prestigious high schools in my country. By the way, if I remember it correctly, by then, I had just started to like the idea of writing a letter to people, I knew. So, quite naturally, I was yet to fully capture the art of organizing my thoughts and express them in a coherent manner.

But that didn’t prevent me to write a letter to my grandfather to tell him how I liked my new school, and how I was struggling to make new friends at a new school. The letter also included subjects like which teachers were nice to me, and which teachers were tough. I also didn’t forget to mention about the great "tiffin", provided by the school, which I really enjoyed eating, as well as the large playing ground where my senior brothers from school used to play football. However, the story of this letter writing thing wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention that I had actually wasted almost half of my notepad, which contained about 30 pages, to write that precious letter.

Anyway, writing this letter was important to me, mainly because I was missing my grandfather, who loved me so much, after moving to a place boarding school. Besides, it also offered me an opportunity for the first time to learn how to express my thoughts properly in writing unlike the childish way of writing in the past.


 

Sample Answer 2:
With the convenient of internet and email facility, we hardly write hand-written letters but I did not have the internet facility until I become 14 years old. I was admitted to a renowned school when I was 10 years old and had to stay at the school boarding during my study there. I was sad to leave my parents and siblings but had no other choice other than staying at the boarding as the school did not accept stay-home students. After I left my home and start my life in school boarding, I missed my family very much. I would like to describe a letter that I wrote to my mother while my staying at the boarding. 

I wrote the letter to my mother and I wrote to let her know that I was fine and not to worry about me. I also wrote how much I was missing them and how things were going on in my school life. I also asked how my father was doing, if he had mentioned me, what my brother and sister are doing these days and if they are missing me. I remember asking a lot of questions in my letter and told all the positive things about my new life so that my mother does not worry too much. 
 
I wrote about my teachers, new classmates and how welcoming they are. I mentioned that I like the foods they are serving and I am doing my study attentively. That was a letter written by a little boy (..mention girl if you are a girl…) to his (…her..) mother to let her know that he (..she…) was fine and asked if they were missing him (…her..) or not. 
To me, this was an important letter as this was the first time I wrote to my mother. I wrote to let her know that I love them very much and was missing them. I was a bit lonely at that time and the letter was a form of conversation and to keep in touch with my dearest mother and other family members. 
 

Part 3 – Two-way discussion:

Q. What is the difference between letter and e-mail?

Q. Do you often keep diaries?

Q. What is the difference between diary and letter?

Q. What is the difference in the past and at the present as regards communications?

Q. What is the role of letter 10 years ago and at present?

Q. Would post office disappear 20 years later?
 

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card Topic would enable you to talk about the following Cue Card Topics as well:

  1. Describe a letter or email you sent to someone recently.
  2. Describe a news item you gave to someone recently.
  3. Describe a piece of good news you gave to someone.
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