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As the continuation of article before about Guide to IELTS Letter Writing (Part 1), here are additional suggestion that certainly need to be considered in order to improve your letter writing :) 

4.       Open and close the letter correctly
Open a formal and semi-formal letter with a formal sentence. Don't try to be friendly, as you do not know the person you are writing to. Get right down to business and indicate the reason you are writing.

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to inquire about…/I am writing with regards to...
Dear Mr. Smith,
I am writing to inform you.../I am writing in connection with...
End with: Yours faithfully/Yours sincerely

Open an informal letter with a general, friendly paragraph. We have a broader relationship in the context of which the communication is taking place. So it is best to acknowledge that friendship first.
Dear John,

How are you doing? It was such a pleasure to see you again last summer. We sure had a great time catching up with each other after so many years. You have always been a cherished friend of mine.
Anyway, the reason I'm writing is that I have some good news—I am getting married this summer...
End with: Best regards/Warm wishes

5.       Learn and use standard written phrases and the correct spelling of commonly used words
In conventional letter writing, we actually use a number of standard expressions and phrases and add on to them the specific information we wish to communicate. By learning how to use these expressions, you will find the task much easier. You can also prevent yourself from losing marks by learning the correct spelling of commonly used words and expressions which you are likely to use in the test.

6.       Stay on topic and make sure you write at least 150 words
IELTS Letter Writing does require you to make up a bit of a story to complete your letter, but don't make it so complicated that you run out of time. Stick to the point and write the required amount of words within 20 minutes. It is essential to include all three bulleted points. If you exclude one of the points given in the question prompt, you will lose valuable marks. You will also lose marks if you write less, but not if you write more; the only restriction on writing more is in terms of time, not the number of words.

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Source: Compiled from Good Luck IELTS, IELTS Liz, Magoosh, and IELTS Advantage
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(Fredrik Nael)


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The first task in IELTS Writing Test for General Training (GT) module is writing a letter. Here are some tips compiled for IELTSJakarta.com to guide you to achieve the best test result.

1.       Read instructions carefully
You will be given instructions and three points to include in your letter. The instruction tells you about the purposecontent, and recipient of your letter. Moreover, it is essential that you use the three points to structure your letter and provide foundation for the information.

2.       Identify the main purpose of the letter
Letters can be based on different content which will affect the style of the letter. Are you asking for help, apologizing, inviting someone, complaining or thanking someone? Learn appropriate and polite expressions that will support what you need to say.

3.       Identify the type of letter 
The entire tone of your letter is based the type of letter. Adjust your style and choice of words according to the type you have been asked to write. There are three types of letters in the IELTS: a formal letter, a personal/informal letter, or a semi-formal letter.

 Formal letters: writing to someone you don’t know. If you have never met the person before and you don’t know their first or last name, then you should use a formal style. You should definitely use a formal tone for letters of application and when making complaints. Formal styles allow us to sound respectful and professional; however, if we use this tone with someone we know it can often sound cold or unfriendly.

Personal letters: writing to someone you know very well. If the person is a friend then you should use an informal style. With people we know well, we don’t need to sound too formal and the letter should have a relaxed tone.

Semi-formal letters: writing to someone you don’t know well. Semi-formal is often the one that confuses people. Semi-formal is used when you know the name of the person, but it is within a professional or official context. Imagine writing a letter to a colleague or someone from a different company you know. If you write in a formal style it will sound unfriendly, but informal might sound disrespectful. In this situation we should use a semi-formal style.

Source: Compiled from Good Luck IELTS, IELTS Liz, Magoosh, and IELTS Advantage
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(Fredrik Nael)

Types of essay – Writing task 2 (part 2) --> IELTS PREPARATION PANTAI INDAH KAPUK

In previous article, I already discuss about two types of essays. Here, I will discuss about other essay types.

a.       Two sides of argument
Usually the task words are:
-          Discuss
-          Compare/contrast
-          Advantages/disadvantages
When writing an essay discussing about two sides of views, the students should give balanced presentation, which means they should write equally about both sides of the issue. Furthermore, in conclusion, the students could indicate their position.
 b. Evaluate an arguments
Usually the task words are:
-          To what extent….?
-          How important …..?
-          What do you think?
The students will probably take a position which is neither in total agreement (100%) nor total disagreement (0%), but somewhere in between. Hence, they need to explain why.
c. Make choices and justify
Usually the task words are:
-          From options A, B, C, D, E, etc, choose 3 most important. Justify your choice.
This is the most uncommon essay types in academic writing, but usually found in general writing.
Each of the student’s choices becomes the main idea of one body paragraph and they have to give reasons for choosing in the orders.

So,,, before you start write your idea into introduction, body, and conclusion, it would be wise to analyse which essay type is to help you make a good essay.

By Onny Anastasia Tampubolon

Types of essay – Writing task 2 (part 1)

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Before writing an essay, the students need to analyse the task that is given. After reading the questions, they should analyse the essay types of writing task 2 because each type of essay has different way to explain the idea. The students also have to read and underline the key words related to the topic and the task, as well as to explain the main terms in introduction.
There are few types of essay, which are

1.  Problem/Solution
Usually the task words are:
-          What can be done to solve ……..?
-          How can this problem be addressed?
-          What challenges ….?
-          What strategies …?
This means that the students need to explain two or three aspects of the issue, which of each becomes the main idea of each body paragraph. They also need to suggest some solutions or make some recommendations.

      2. Agree of disagree
Usually the task words are:
-          Do you agree or disagree? Why?
-          Explain your position.
-          Justify your opinion.
This means that the students need to take a position either agree or disagree and defend it strongly. They should give several reasons to support their arguments, which of each is the main idea of each body paragraph.

(to be contiued)
By Onny Anastasia Tampubolon

Speaking English Naturally and Fluently

One of the points being assessed during the IELTS Speaking Test is fluency. Fluent in a language means you don’t have to think before you speak, you don’t have to consider grammar rules, and vocabulary to translate in your mind. What you have to do is expressing the thought when you have it; there is no in-between stage for stopping and frame a sentence according to grammar and vocabulary.

1.       Listen, Listen and Listen
 Before you learn how to speak English you need to learn how to listen to English. As you listen, you are filling your memory bank with information. The more times you listen to something the better, and all of the information will come out naturally as you start to speak. Study the real conversations that happen in real life instead of books!

2.       Pronunciation
Pay attention to the pronunciation of native speakers. You can find a lot of videos on YouTube. Read aloud in English, any text or poem or a passage; it is also simply the best way to practice. Then, try speaking with native speakers, for example via video calls. Start with small conversations.

3.       Stop Thinking About Grammar
To improve your speaking you have to stop thinking about the grammar and rules that you have learned. The grammar rules have helped you learn how to write better, but they are not helping you to speak better. In fact, these grammar rules are stopping you from speaking fluently because you are thinking too much about which words to say and what tense to use.

4.       Have Confidence
Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to speak English, but you felt too shy, nervous and scared to speak? Were you afraid of making a mistake? Were you worried the other person wouldn’t understand what you were saying? Don’t be afraid! Have confidence, just open your mouth and speak.

5.       Practice
The more you practice and interact, the more natural it will be to speak English! The exposure to other people speaking English will allow you to learn how they speak.
Finally, have fun learning English!

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