General Training Writing Task 1 Sample 57 - Write your first letter to the homestay host family

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are going to visit New Zealand for an 'English and Homestay' program. You have just received details of your homestay host family.

Write your first letter to the family. In your letter

  • Introduce yourself
  • Ask the family some questions to get information that is important to you
  • Tell the family about your arrival date and time.

You should write at least 150 words.

Sample Answer 1:

Dear Sir,

My name is Jones Nathan and I am glad to be informed that you will be my homestay host family during my visit to New Zealand. I received a notification email from the college faculty mentioning the same an hour ago.

I am French by nationality, currently pursuing my graduation in London University, Britain. I am the only child to my parents who are settled in France. I have enrolled in the "English and Homestay program" conducted at our off-campus centre at New Zealand.

I would be glad to know more details from your side, apart from the Homestay facilities and amenities provided. My main concern would be about the transportation system and its availability during my outdoor engagements, which is expected to be from 10.00 to 16.00 hours of the day. Another thing is about information about neighbourhood libraries if any? In addition to this, I am curious to know about any French national whom you are in acquaintance with?

My expected arrival date is on 19th of this month and the flight is scheduled at 6.00 hours at Munich airport. It would be of great help if you could fetch me from there as I am totally new to the place and language.

I am really looking forward to spending some quality time with you and family. It would be much appreciated if you could revert to my queries at the earliest.

In anticipation for a prompt reply.

Sincerely yours

[ Written by - Vineeth V. ]


Sample Answer 2:

Dear Mr. Nithan,

Hope you are doing well!

I am (...your full name…), a 22-year-old student from India. I had applied for an English program at the University of Wellington and I have received a letter from the university, apprising me that you will be my host family.

I am from Delhi, India and have completed my engineering. I have taken up this course as it will help me in future to get good jobs.

I was wondering if you could give me some information about the weather in Wellington, as I have not been there before; should I bring lots of winter wears? Could you also let me know the distance from your home to university and what will be the best way for commutation? I am also interested in learning musical instruments; are there any good music institute nearby?

I will be arriving in Wellington on the morning of 10th of Dec. Though my course starts on 12th Dec; I wanted to reach a day or two prior to course commencement, as I wanted to get familiarise with the city and surroundings. Can you also let me know, the best way to reach your home from the airport?

Looking forward to meeting you soon.

Best Wishes,

[by  - Preeti]

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