Letter Writing # 163 - Letter to your teacher asking for a reference

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are applying for a job and need a letter of reference from someone who knew you when you were at school.

Write a letter to one of your old teachers asking for a reference. In your letter:

  •  say what job you have applied for
  •  explain why you want this job
  •  suggest what information the teacher should include

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

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

Sample Answer 1:

Dear Mr George,

Hope you and your family are doing well. I am Mark Thomas, one of your past students, writing for your reference for a job I am going to apply to. I am hoping that you would write me a recommendation letter that my prospective employer is expecting.  

I am delighted to inform you that I am applying for a position at Morgan's Incorporation. This is a dream job for me and working for a reputable company like Morgan's Incorporation will enable me to gain valuable experiences and give wings to my career.

One of the requirements for applying to this job is a reference letter from a known person from my school whose words count. Being an international student, I don't know many people here who are worthy of such a recommendation. I will highly appreciate it if you provide me with a reference letter which requires some basic information about me and my studies and how can I be a suitable candidate for the junior executive position in an international company. The company needs this letter before the end of July.

I would like to request you to provide me with the letter as early as possible. I will be indebted to you for the favour.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Thomas

[By - Sabrina Qamar]


Model Answer 2:

Dear Mr Peterson,

Hope this letter finds you in good health and spirit. I am one of your students at the high school where you were teaching chemistry about 12 years ago. I know that it has been a while since I was in touch with you, but now I could really use your help in getting a job which I have always wanted. So, I am writing this letter to ask for a letter of reference from you.

I need that letter of reference because I am applying for the position of Manager at a very famous and international group of hotels. By the way, I want this job so badly because it would allow me to travel all over the world and build a solid career in the hotel industry, which I have always wanted to do since my childhood.

So, kindly write a letter of reference for me that would include information like how long you have known me, what kind of student I really was, and whether or not I was involved in any anti-social activities. Please also don’t forget to mention that I was a team leader of the debate team of my high school for a long time.

Thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Jerry Henderson

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