IELTS General Writing Task 1 Practice 1

The IELTS General Writing Task 1 requires you to write a letter of at least 150 words in response to a given prompt. The duration for completing this task is 20 minutes.

Question: Write a letter to your friend who lives in a different country about your plan to work overseas. In your letter explain:

  • What jobs do you plan to do?
  • Why do you want to work overseas?
  • Ask for some information related to jobs, such as salary, working hours and so on

Model Answer:

Dear John,

How are you? How are Rose and John? I hope everything is going well. I wanted to write you about some plans I have and I was hoping you could help.

Ever since I visited you last fall, I cannot stop thinking about how much I love Greece and how I would like to spend some more time there. So, I have decided to move there for a year! As you know, I have a degree in English so, I thought I could teach English as a foreign language. This experience will be great for my career since international experience is a highly sought qualification.

If that is not possible, perhaps I could work for a family as a nanny. You know I love to work with kids so I would be happy in that kind of setting too. Could you give me some information about how easy it would be for me to get a job there? Also, what are salaries like there in both professions? Would the money be able to cover housing and living expenses? I have read that nannies have irregular hours, sometimes even 7 days a week, but what about teachers? Do they have day or evening hours? I am hoping to make the move this coming fall so any insights you could give me would be great.

I am really excited about this and can’t wait to be closer to you and your family! Talk soon!


Based on your understanding of the above task come up with your own answer and share it in the comment.

All Comments

  • Dear Kanishka,

    Hope you and your family are doing well in Texas. Although it is such a short time since we last met each other, it feels much longer.

    As salaries for IT industry is booming in US, I have made up my mind to move there to ensure my financial stability further. As you know, I have five plus experience of IT experience as Devops engineer and pursuing the same role will enhance my profile strength. In worst cases I am even willing to work as receptionist or Admin facilities in any organisation to cover basic expenses initially.

    I heard that few consultancies work for getting a job offer to foreign workers. Can you help me in finding one? Can I know what is the approximate salary range for both the roles? Do they have any rotational shift in IT jobs? If yes, what is the timelines. Will that earnings be sufficient to handle basic expenses of living overseas. Hope my visa will be approved during mid of March.Excited and nervous about this move. Looking forward to hear the suggestions from you.

    With Love,

    Madhu January 31, 2023 3:52 AM Reply

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