IELTS General Training Writing Task 1 [Semi-formal]: Request to Upskill after Promotion

Jan 23, 2024 | IELTS Test

Task 1 letters are supposed to introduce a situation you might experience when living and working in an English-speaking country. 

The situation below asks you to request additional training from your company.

The response tackles each bullet point in turn and is careful to introduce two suggestions for the thirds bullet point. Without at least 2, the bullet point would have been incompletely addressed, limiting Task Achievement to a maximum of Band 5. 

Model IELTS General Writing Task 1 Prompt

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. Write at least 150 words.

You work for an international business.  Your job’s duties have just altered, and you believe you require additional training.

Send a letter to your management. In your letter.

  • Explain how your work has changed
  • Specify the type of training required
  • Make suggestions for how the training can be arranged

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………… ,

Model IELTS General Writing Task 1 Answer

image of a business boardroom full of different people

Dear Management,

I am writing to discuss recent changes in my job responsibilities and the consequent need for additional training. With our company’s expansion and the integration of new international markets, my role now encompasses a broader range of duties including cross-cultural communication and advanced market analysis.

To effectively adapt to these changes, I believe a specialised training in intercultural communication and advanced analytics would be beneficial. Such training would enhance my skills in navigating diverse business environments and in utilising advanced data analysis tools, which are crucial for our business’s success in these new markets.

I propose that this training could be arranged through an online course from an accredited professional in this field whose details I have enclosed. Additionally, a mentorship program with our experienced international colleagues could provide practical insights and hands-on experience.

Your support in arranging this training would be greatly appreciated and would significantly contribute to my professional development and our company’s continued success in the global market.


Sarah Tanner

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