General Training: Writing Task 1
Purpose of the Letter
All letters, formal and informal, must have a clear purpose. Basically, why you are writing.
Band 7: Presents a clear purpose
Band 4: Fails to clearly explain the purpose of the letter
The purpose or reason why you are writing is always explained in the rubric (situation) and the instructions. Spend a few minutes analysing the task before you start planning and writing.
You have been doing some voluntary work to help your local community. However, now you are unable to continue doing this work.
Write a letter to the manager
The purpose here is to inform the manager that you are unable to continue doing this work. So, paraphrase the situation when you state the purpose
Dear Mr. Smith
I am writing to inform you that I will not be able to continue working on a voluntary basis in the neighborhood on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
You will take a short holiday in London next month and you would like to spend some time with a friend who lives there.
Write a letter to your friend.
How are you? Hope you’re doing well there in London. Just a quick note to tell you that I’m having a long weekend there soon and it would be great if we could hang out.
Examples of purpose for different types of letters.