GT 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 addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ............,


Model Answer 1:

Dear Mr and Mrs Smith,

I'm Milad Rahimi from India, have recently registered for two-weeks English Homestay programme at your house in New Zealand. I am fascinated to have you as my mentor during the programme. I really appreciate your letter that I received yesterday and writing for some information and to notify you my arrival date.

I am really delighted that you have agreed to host me for the programme. This will definitely enable me to fully immerse myself in the English Culture and further enhance my understanding of your tradition and way of life. As I am coming to New Zealand for the first time, I am not familiar with the weather and I don’t know what kind of clothes I should bring with me. Would you please suggest me on that? I would also like to inform you that I am a vegetarian. Moreover, I would need your suggestion on belongings that I should bring with me to your house. Finally, I would appreciate your advice on the type of books I should read about New Zealand that might help me understand your culture.

I will arrive in Auckland on 20th September at around 7.30 pm if my flight makes no delay.

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Yours Sincerely,

Milad Rahimi

[ Written by - Miladi Rahimi ]


Model Answer 2:

Dear Mr Johnson,

I have just received details of my English Homestay programme at your family and writing to introduce myself and ask for some information. I would like to thank you for agreeing to host me.

My name is Anna Ferra, 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 will get enrolled in university soon and I am passionate about computer programming.

I would be grateful if you could provide me with some information about your house and family. To begin with, I would prefer to live in a single room which has enough natural air flow. Besides, I am a vegetarian and hope that it would not be a big problem for you. Secondly, I would like to learn more about your family’s daily routines, like the games you like to play together, the type of TV programmes you watch and so on. 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. This is my first time in New Zealand. I will hopefully arrive on September 18, at 10 am, Wellington time.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely yours,

Anna Ferra


Model Answer 3:

Dear Mr and Mrs Ericsson,

I hope you are doing great. I am Eoghan Antonio from Italy, would like to thank you for granting my application to host me for the English and Homestay programme at your house. This is something I have been so eagerly looking forward to and I thank you profoundly for the opportunity. I am writing for some information and to confirm my arrival date. 

I will be your guest for a month as part of the 'English and Homestay' program in Hamilton, New Zealand. I am a fresher at the University of Turin and I speak both Italian and Spanish.

I am really excited to visit your country and be your humble guest. This would an excellent opportunity to learn the language, culture and the way of life in New Zealand. However, I am curious to know about a few things before my arrival at your house. To start, how can I reach from the airport to your house? Should I take a taxi or request a ride from Uber? I will reach the airport on 9th November 2018 at 11.30 am. Would it be possible for you to come to the airport to receive me? Besides, what is the current weather conditions in your city? What types of clothing are suitable for this season?

I will be boarding the flight to New Zealand on 8th November at 10.45 am (GST time) and land there the next day around 11:30 am (your local time).

Eagerly waiting to meet you in person.

Sincerely yours,

Eoghan Antonio

[ Written by - Noghan Odedra ]
 

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+1 # John 2018-01-16 00:14
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.


Dear Mr and Mrs Tom,

I am writing this letter to introduce myself to you and also get some preliminary information in regards to English and Homestay program to be conducted at your home in New Zealand.

My name is XYZ ABC, originally from France and I am currently an international language student at the University of San Francisco in the USA. I have just received a letter from San Francisco University about the “English and Homestay program” and I am very excited to join your family for this program this summer. Since this is my first international travel, I am a little bit nervous so it would be great if you could provide me with some information. Please provide me with your home address, telephone number, cell phone number. In addition to that, please provide me with the contact number of a reliable taxi service which can help me commute from the airport to your home at a reasonable price. Since I would be staying at your home for about a month, can you send me details of the things we are planning to do while I am there as part of this curriculum?

I am going arrive on June 6th, 2018 at 2:00 PM New Zealand time but I know letters can be lost so I am going to send you an email as well.

I am looking forward to this information and meeting all of you. You can send this information to me by email at

Yours sincerely,

ABC
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-1 # Hamid 2018-01-08 22:56
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+4 # 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,

Tran.
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+1 # 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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