General Training Writing Task 1 Sample 8 - You are going to visit New Zealand for an 'English and Homestay' program

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.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.


Model Answer 1:

Dear Sir/ Madam,

My name is Milad Rahimi and I have registered in one of your rooms for two weeks during my homestay’ program in New Zealand. I am very pleased that I can spend my vacation with your family and I’m writing to ask you for some advice.

I always was fascinated by your country and I am really happy that I can be with your family which would help me to learn a lot of things about your culture and way of life. As it is the first time I am coming to New Zealand, I am not familiar with the weather and I don’t know what kind of clothes I should bring. Would you please let me know how the quality of weather in New Zealand in the middle of September is? Also, I am a vegetarian person and I’m afraid that you would prepare appreciated foods for someone like me.

As you know, I will arrive there on 20 September and according to my ticket arrival details, I would be there at 4 pm in the airport, absolutely if I won’t have any delay in my flight.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours Sincerely

Milad Rahimi

[ Written by - Miladi Rahimi ]


Model Answer 2:

Dear Mr Alex,

I have just received details of my future homestay at your family and writing to introduce myself and ask for some further information.

My name is Anna Frank, I am 21 and live with my family in Lyon, France, which is my hometown. My native language is French and I am looking forward to improving my English during the trip to New Zealand.

I would be grateful if you could provide more information about your family and its lifestyle. To begin with, I would like to ask you about your usual diet. It is very important to me since I am a vegetarian. Secondly, I would like to learn more about your family’s daily routines, like games you used to play together, in order to get familiar with these activities while I am here. This could help me to participate in all your routines like a relative.

I am very eager to meet you in person! By the way, I have already bought the plane ticket and would be happy if you could meet me at the airport because this will be my first time abroad. I will arrive on September 13, at 10 am, Wellington time.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely yours,

Arc John.


Model Answer 3:

Dear Mr and Mrs Ericsson,

I hope you are doing well. With this letter, I would like to introduce myself and my families to you as you know we will be your guest for one month’s duration as part of the 'English and Homestay' program. My name is Dev and my wife's name is Sussie. We have a five years old son whose name is Patric.

My wife and I are really excited to visit your country and be your humble guests. However, we are curious to know about a few things before our arrival there. I'd like to request some information from you regarding mentioned below points.

1. How is transportation facility from the airport to your place? Would it be possible for you to come to the airport to receive us?
2. Current weather conditions and clothing required
3. Availability of sightseeing spots and art galleries
4. Addresses of supermarkets and local markets for shopping

We will be boarding the flight to New Zealand on April 5, 2016, at 01:00 AM, our local time and land there the next day around 04:00 PM, your local time. Eagerly waiting to meet you, people!

Thank you in advance.

Sincerely yours,

[ Written by - Noghan Odedra ]

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+3 # Tran Ngoc Han 2016-06-30 02:06
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Reinhard,

I hope this letter finds you in good health. Let me introduce myself at first. My name is Tran Han and I am from Vietnam. I am now 21 years old and a third-year student at the National University of Singapore.

I will be in New Zealand for an English and Homestay program for one month, and your house has been selected to host an international student. I am writing to update my arrival schedule and ask you something regarding the transportation means and weather in New Zealand. As it is the first time I am coming to New Zealand, I am not familiar with transportation facility from airport to your place. I would be grateful if you could tell me which transportation would be convenient for that? In addition, could you kindly let me know about the weather in your city in the middle of October? According to your information, I will do my shopping. Finally, I am a vegetarian and I am afraid that might be a problem for you. I would like to let you know that I will arrive in Wellington airport at 4:00 pm (local time) on 16 October.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours faithfully,

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+2 # Nima 2015-06-16 07:59
Dear Mr and Mrs Margarete,

My name is Nima Mirabedini and I’m Iranian and 28 years old. I graduated in bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering and studying MBA at Tehran University. I’m very calm and polite, working in large IT Company as programming expert. I’m very active and do my every work with planning. As you know I will be in New Zealand for an 'English and Homestay' program and stay in your house for 1 week, so I’m writing this letter to introduce myself and ask some questions to get information which is important to me.

First of all, please tell me what kind of appliance is necessary and essential that I must bring with myself. Second of all, are there any transport vehicles such as bus or subway station? For the last word, I will be in your city on 5th June at around 10:00 p.m. and I’m waiting to hearing from your response eagerly.

Best regards

Nima Mirabedini
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