GT 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.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ............., 


Sample Answer 1:

Dear Mr Albert,

I am writing to thank you for agreeing to be my English and Homestay host. I would really appreciate some information from you and would like to inform you that I will arrive at your house in New Zeland in July.

I am Jacques Gordon, a French by nationality, but currently pursuing my graduation in accounting at the London University in the UK. My parents and singlings live in Paris. I enrolled in the "English and Homestay program" a few months ago and my intention was to take the opportunity to learn the language efficiently.

I would be glad to know about you - more specifically what you do and how many members do you have in your family and so on. I would also like to know about some traditions and formalities you respect in New Zeland. I will be travelling to New Zealand for the first time and hence your suggestion about the etiquettes of being a guest would be highly appreciated.  

My expected arrival date is on 19th March 2019 and the flight is scheduled to reach the Wellington Airport at 6.00 pm local time. It would be great if you could fetch me from the airport. If you have another schedule, I would take a taxi to your address.

I am really looking forward to spending some quality time with you and your family. Please write me someday at your convenience.

Yours Sincerely,

Jacques Gordon

[ Written by - Vineeth V. ]


Sample Answer 2:

Dear Mr Nithan,

I am Preeti Roy, a 22-year-old student from India. I applied for an English Homestay 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 really appreciate that you have agreed to host me at your house.

I am from Delhi, India and I am pursuing my Engineering degree from the University of Technology in Delhi. My father is a doctor and my mother is an architect. I have two siblings and they are junior to me. I applied for the English Homestay programme last June to further enhance my English Speaking skills.

I was wondering if you could advise me on the weather and etiquette in Wellington as I have never been there. What type of dress should I bring? Could you also inform me the distance between your home and the university and what will be the easiest way to reach the university? Besides, I am coming to New Zeland for the first time and have no idea about the common cultures and manners you respect. Please advise me on that as well.

I will arrive in Wellington on 10th December, probably around 10:30 in the morning. I want to reach a week earlier as I want to explore the surrounding areas. Could you also inform me the best way to reach your home from the airport?

Looking forward to meeting you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Preeti Roy

[by  - Preeti]

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