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IELTS Writing Task 1 GT – Visit New Zealand for English and Homestay

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are going to visit New Zealand for an “English and Homestay” program. You have just received details of your homestay host family.

Write your first letter to the family. In your letter:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Ask the family some questions to get information that is important to you.
  • Tell the family about your arrival date and time.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………….. ,


Sample Answer 1 (200 Words, 8 Sentences, 7 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Sir/ Madam,

My name is Milad Rahimi and I have registered in one of your rooms for two weeks during my homestay’ program in New Zealand. I am very pleased that I can spend my vacation with your family and I’m writing to ask you for some advises.

I always was fascinated by your country and I am really happy that I can be with your family which would help me to learn a lot of things about your culture and way of life. As it is the first time I am coming to New Zealand, I am not familiar with the weather and I don’t know what kind of clothes I should bring. Would you please let me know how the quality of weather in New Zealand in the middle of September is? Also I am a vegetarian person and I’m afraid that you would prepare appreciated foods for someone like me.

As you know, I will arrive there in 20 September and according to my ticket arrival details, I would be there in 4 pm in the airport, absolutely if I won’t have any delay in my flight.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours Sincerely
Milad Rahimi.

Written by Milad Rahimi

Sample Answer 2 (210 Words, 12 Sentences, 8 Paragraphs, Band 9)

Dear Mr Alex,

I have just received details of my future homestay at your family and writing to introduce myself and ask for some further information.

My name is Anna Frank, I am 21 and live with my family in Lyon, France, which is my hometown. My native language is French and I am looking forward to improving my English during the trip to New Zealand.

I would be grateful if you could provide more information about your family and its lifestyle. To begin with, I would like to ask you about your usual diet. It is very important to me since I am a vegetarian. Secondly, I would like to learn more about your family’s day routines, like games you used to play together, in order to get familiar with these activities while I am here. This could help me to participate in all your routines like a relative.

I am very eager to meet you in person! By the way, I have already bought the plane ticket and would be happy if you could meet me at the airport because this will be my first time abroad. I will arrive on September 13, at 10 am, Wellington time.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely yours,
Suzan Ali BD.

(NB: Follow the above writing structure for getting higher IELTS band score in the examination. This sample answer can be an example of good writing out of many possible approaches.)

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