Model answer

Now read this model answer for making suggestions and recommendations. Take notes of any useful words or phrases. Your cousin is about to apply to university. He/she cannot decide whether to study history which was their favourite subject at school or a business degree which may relate more directly to a future career and has … Read more

Video: Register and grammar

Narration: Let’s look back at the phrases used for giving suggestions from the introductory exercise. They are all used to tell somebody that you think they should do something, but are less direct and therefore more polite. As always we can split them into usage for formal, semi-formal or informal situations, while some would be … Read more

Review of register

In Unit 3, we looked at using the correct register in your letter depending on the context. Let’s review that with this quick test. Click the link below to get started!

Video: Suggestions and recommendations

Narration: In Task 1 of the IELTS exam, you may be required to make suggestions or recommendations. These concepts are quite similar in that you are giving an opinion on what you think someone else should do or not do. So that we do not appear to be too interfering, we often use indirect phrases … Read more

Summary of this lesson

In this lesson, you should have learned… how to express suggestions and recommendations the useful language needed for making suggestions and recommendations the correct form of grammar needed to accurately suggest or recommend how to structure a complete Task 1 letter with suggestions and recommendations Now take the end of lesson review

Essential vocabulary for this lesson

To complete this lesson, you will need to know the following vocabulary. When you are sure you know all the words, continue to the next page. PROPOSAL GRATITUDE RECIPROCATE REQUEST RESPONSE ACKNOWLEDGE RARE SENTIMENTAL VALUE CONFIRM

Aims of this lesson

By the end of this lesson, you will know: how to identify Task 1 letters that ask you to make suggestions how to identify Task 1 letters that ask you to make recommendations how suggestion and recommendation letters should be constructed useful grammar and structures for these kinds of letters how to structure your letter … Read more

Unit 5 Task 2 Band 6 sample answer 1

Band score: approximately 6.0 The answer below has been rated based on the public IELTS descriptors. Click the word or words in red to see the correction, and scroll to the bottom of the page to read our comments on the essay. You should spend about 40 minutes on this task. Write about the following topic: In … Read more