Letter Writing # 242 - Write a letter to the manager of the museum

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  • Feb 22, 2023 03:09 PM

The blog mentions two different types of letters that might appear in the Writing section of IELTS General training module. It discusses tips to write both types of letters followed by a sample question for an IELTS letter. It further mentions three sample answers to the given sample question for IELTS students’ learning. 

IELTS Letters

One of the sections in the IELTS General Training modules is Writing, where you are supposed to write one of the two different types of letters: Formal/Semi-Formal and Informal Letter.

  • Formal/Semi-Formal Letter: The purpose of writing such type of letter is to put across your ideas and views to organizations, institutions, or individuals in a professional and polite manner. It should be at least 150 to 180 words long. The letter should have a salutation, an introduction, main body paragraphs, a conclusion, and a closing with a signature. Finally, it should have a formal and polite tone.

  • Informal Letter: The purpose of this type of letter is to have an informal conversation with friends, family, or people you know well. it should also be at least 150 to 180 words in length. This type of letter should have an opening with a greeting. You do not need to formally close the letter. And, the letter should sound casual and friendly.

Also read : Tips to Write Task-1 (letters) in GT IELTS

Important tips to follow in both types of letters:

  • The letter should have the required format and tone.
  • You need to make use of a clear and appropriate level of vocabulary.
  • You are required to write a concise and well-rounded argument.
  • You need to avoid grammatical, vocabulary, and spelling mistakes.

After learning what are different types of letters in IELTS exam and the tips you should follow in both types of letters, you now need to learn how to write a letter. In the next sections of the blog, you will learn this only. Let’s consider a sample question and then various sample answers to a letter that might appear in an IELTS General Training exam.

What does a sample question for writing an IELTS letter look like?

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. You took an elderly member of your family, who was not able to walk properly, to a museum and he/she faced a few problems. Write a letter to the manager of the museum. In your letter,

  • say why you visited the museum
  • describe the problems you faced
  • suggest what can be done to avoid those problems

Write at least 150 words. Now, let’s move on to a few sample answers to the above IELTS letter question.

Also read : IELTS General Writing Task 1: Informal Letter Samples

Sample Answer 1

Dear Sir or Madam,

My elderly aunt, who is around 80 years old, and I recently visited your museum with the main goal of seeing some of the rare mediaeval European artefacts. In addition, my aunt wanted to view the Second World War outfit, so we went to the museum. Seeing those wartime clothes, incidentally, was very significant for my aunt because it was in them that she last saw her father before he perished on the battlefield. 

However, despite the fact that everything at your museum was wonderful, my ailing aunt had some difficulty navigating it on foot due to its vastness. She is, after all, about 80 years old and has trouble walking. In addition, my elderly aunt found the stairs to be a little too steep to climb in order to examine the objects that were placed far above the ground.

Therefore, it would be quite beneficial if you could provide wheelchairs and a separate stairway that is not too steep to climb. This will help senior members of the society like my aunt who have mobility challenges.

I hope you will look into the suggestions with a view to implement these. 

Yours Faithfully,
Angela Goldsmith

Sample Answer 2

Dear Sir,

I recently took my grandmother to your museum. We were quite eager to learn more about the fascinating history. I enjoy visiting museums with my granny. However, we did not have a good experience with our visit there. 

My grandmother is in her seventies and can't stay up or move around for more than 30 minutes. I had no doubt that tourists in wheelchairs would be welcome. We were disappointed to see that there were no elevators or wheelchairs available. Although we looked around the main floor, there was nowhere to go upstairs. My granny is also unable to climb stairs. We then returned home.

For the elderly and crippled, I'd suggest having wheelchair facilities. It will let them enjoy themselves and go exploring. It gives them a sense of equality with everyone and allows them to move around freely and in comfort. The presence of a medical team would be helpful too. It will guarantee everyone's safety.

Additionally, there must be escalators or elevators to get upstairs. I hope my suggestions will be taken into consideration. Let me know when the wheelchairs will be ready. My grandmother and I would adore another visit.

Looking forward to your response.

Yours Sincerely,
Joanne Demarco

Also read : IELTS Letter Writing Topics 2022

Sample Answer 3

Dear Sir,

I recently visited your museum with an elderly member, my grandfather, of my family and I am writing to express my concerns about the experience I had at the museum. We had very high expectations for the visit, but, we faced a number of issues. These problems we faced at the museum made it difficult for my grandfather to fully enjoy the visit to the museum.

The first most problem we came across was the lack of accessibility especially, for those who suffer from mobility issues. My grandfather who accompanied me to the museum actually uses a walker for moving around. He found it challenging to navigate the museum due to the lack of ramps and elevators.

This made it difficult for them to view some of the exhibits, which was very disappointing. Additionally, the museum could benefit from more seating options for those who need to take breaks during their visit.

I understand the importance of preserving the historical integrity of the museum, but I believe it is possible to make small changes to improve the experience for visitors with disabilities. Providing ramps or elevators, or even just clear signage indicating the location of accessible routes, would greatly improve the experience for those with mobility issues.

Additionally, adding more seating options would allow visitors to rest and enjoy the exhibits at their own pace. I hope you will take these suggestions into consideration and make the necessary changes to make your museum a more accessible and enjoyable place for all visitors. 

Thank you for considering my concerns and your time.

Yours Sincerely,
Elizabeth Gomes

Here, I conclude this blog with a hope that the IELTS students will benefit from the tips for writing an IELTS Letter in general Training module of the IELTS exam. I am hoping further that you will be able to learn how to write an IELTS letter after going through the sample question and the model answers to it.

Also read : IELTS Letter Writing Tips: Essential Top 10 Tips