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IELTS Letter, topic: Asking your friend to accompany you on a holiday

This is a model response to a Writing Task 1 topic from High Scorer’s Choice IELTS Practice Tests book series (reprinted with permission). This answer is close to IELTS Band 9.

Set 1 General Training book, Practice Test 5

Writing Task 1

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You have decided to go on a holiday to a foreign country for 2 weeks, and you want one of your friends to go with you.

Write a letter to your friend asking him to accompany you. In your letter,

– explain where and when you want to go
– give details of the travel, dates and costs involved
– describe some of the things you want to do

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses. Begin your letter as follows:

Dear John,

Sample Band 9 Letter

Dear John,

I have recently been given a trip to France as a reward for my hard work at my company, and I may choose someone to come with me.

As you studied French at university and are therefore not only familiar with the language, but also the culture, I’d love it if you could come with me. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the holiday, as you do not just have to translate, but you can also appreciate the beauties of France with me.

We will leave Toronto on the third of September and will fly back on the nineteenth. In France we will arrive in Paris, we will stay there for four days and then take a bus to see the Provence region for around three days. From there, we will take the train to Marseille and Cannes, as these are the most popular cities in the south. Finally, one of my colleagues will take us back to Paris by car, as he is going there on a business trip. We will only need to have spending money as flights, other travel and accommodation are all included.

There are a few things I’d like to see, for example the Louvre museum in Paris, the Chateau of Versailles and the Picasso Museum in the south of France. I hope you’ll have some ideas as well.

Please tell me if you are interested in this trip. I would really appreciate having you as company and I look forward to hearing back from you!

Best wishes,


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