Letter Writing # 264 - You are doing a diploma course at a college

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are currently doing a diploma course at a college, but you need to take a week off during this course.

Write a letter to the college Principal. In your letter,

  • give details of your course
  • explain why you need a week off
  • say what you want the Principal to do

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Sir or Madam,


Model Answer: 

Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is James Read, and I am currently attending the hospitality management diploma course as a final year student at your esteemed culinary institute.  I am supposed to finish the course in the next four months if everything goes on schedule. 

I am writing this letter to request some time off from this course from 14th of August to 20st of August as I need to leave the town for a week in order to take my seriously ill and old aunt to the capital city of our country immediately for better treatment. By the way, my aunt does not have any children or husband who could actually help her during this kind of desperate situation.  Of course, I tried to approach the respectable chairman of my course, but he referred me to you since he does not really have the authority to grant any leave to anyone at this critical and important stage of the course for such a long period.  

Therefore, I would like to request you to ask the chairman of my course to consider my situation favourably and grant me leave for the stipulated period of time mentioned above. I will be much obliged to your kindness.

Yours faithfully,

James Read

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