Letter Writing # 276 - An English-speaking woman has advertised for help

IELTS Letter Writing / GT Writing Task 1:

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Mrs Barrett, an English-speaking woman who lives in your town, has advertised for someone to help her in her home for a few hours a day next summer.

Write a letter to Mrs Barrett. In your letter,

  • suggest how you could help her in her home
  • say why you would like to do this work
  • explain when you will and will not be available

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mrs Barrett,


Model Answer 1: 

Dear Mrs Barrett,

My name is Elaine Sully, and I am writing this letter to make an enquiry if you still need somebody to help you at your home. Actually, very recently I have come across your advertisement in a local newspaper, and I just thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to earn some extra cash to take a piano lesson during the next summer while also helping you at your home.

With regards to what sort of assistance I could offer you, I could do anything from washing dishes to doing and folding laundry. I can even do grocery shopping once in a while, in addition to preparing some occasional afternoon snacks. And I have learnt to do all these things right at my home because I have to fill in for the duties of my mother, who has to leave the house every once in a while for professional reasons.

By the way, I am available anytime during the weekends from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm during the weekdays except on Tuesdays. So, if this fits your need, please let me know. 

Yours faithfully,

Elaine Sully

Sample Answer 2:

Dear Mrs Barrett,

I am Lia Lima, a university student and a local in the neighbourhood, writing to you to show my interest in helping you with your household work next summer.

I can help you with cleaning the kitchen, cooking a few items, taking the garbage outside and doing groceries. I can also iron your clothes, clean your floor with a vacuum cleaner and call the pharmacy to refill the medicine. 

I will have a long holiday this summer, and I will take a part-time computer course. It means that I will have a few hours each day to spare to work at your home while also earning some money to support the expenses of the part-time computer course that I am planning to intake.

I will be available between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm each day except Sunday. I would also be busy on Tuesdays as I visit my mother and take a dance class every Tuesday.

I am looking forward to assisting you with your work this summer and getting to know you better. For your convenience, I am attaching my details with this letter. 

Yours faithfully, 

Lia Lima

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