IELTS semi-formal Letter – Thank you note to a colleague

IELTS semi-formal Letter - A note of thanks to a colleague

You should spend about 20 minutes on the task.

Your colleague recently gave you a book. You had a presentation, and this book helped you in the presentation. 

Write a letter to your colleague. In your letter,

  • tell the topic of your presentation
  • why the presentation was important for you 
  • how the book helped you in presentation 

Write at least 150 words. You do NOT need to write any address. 

Begin your letter as follows: 

Dear________, 

IELTS Letter 1 to thank your colleague

Introduction

Dear Shruti,

I can’t thank you enough for lending me your book for my presentation. Everyone liked the presentation, and I was highly appreciated for my work.

Body Paragraph 1 on the topic of the presentation

Your book ‘The Great Scrum Master’ turned out to be crucial for my presentation was on ‘Scrum – Better way of building products’. I have included topics related to introduction to scrum, its values, roles, and responsibilities Scrum team, various events during and lastly artefacts. Also, I tried to cover the scrum life cycle through my presentation.

Body Paragraph 2 on the importance of the presentation

As you know, I had applied for a Scrum Master certification, this presentation was part of graduation, and I wanted to score well on it. The presentation also helped me revise all the course topics and prepare well for the examination.

Body paragraph 3 on how the book helped you to present

I must say, your book was a great support to start with the presentation. By referring to a book, I got in-depth knowledge of the basic framework. It benefited me not only with the content for presentation but also with the organisation of ideas in a professional manner.

End paragraph

I would like to thank you once again for introducing me to such a valuable book. I hope to see you soon back in the office after a Christmas holiday.

Kind Regards,

Kalyani Joshi

Review of IELTS Letter 1 to thank your colleague

  • The letter’s introduction is acceptable; however, it is a bot too informal for a colleague. The tone of this paragraph could have been slightly more formal.
  • The topic statement or the situation in Writing Task 1 suggests that the presentation has already concluded. In that case, all sentences should have followed tenses appropriately. 

“I have included topics related to introduction to scrum, its values, roles, and responsibilities Scrum team, various events during and lastly artefacts.”

However, the above statement suggests that the author has prepared the presentation but has not presented it yet. So, instead, the statement should have been, “I had included…”.

  •  The word ‘artefacts’ is misused and has no role in the sentence. Such mistakes may cost dearly to students. 
  • The opening sentence of body paragraph 3 seems redundant as it seems a repetition of the ideas presented before. 
  • At the same time, each paragraph is very well defined and presents well-developed ideas. 

IELTS Letter 2 to thank your colleague

Introduction

Dear Narendra,

Your book ‘Recent Trends in Foundries in India’ has been an immense help. I am writing to thank you for offering it to me before a crucial presentation. 

Body Paragraph 1 on the topic of the presentation

As you know, I was invited by the Association of Indian Foundries on Value of Computer Aided Manufacturing. I was determined to present real-life case studies where I wanted to prove to everyone how computer programmes can help them fabricate better products. 

Body Paragraph 2 on the importance of the presentation

If I could have successfully proven the new technology’s significant contribution to the traditional industry, I could bag a few consulting contracts. So, this event was critical in my career.  

Body paragraph 3 on how the book helped you to present

I must say your book has saved the day for me. It has many case studies using which I could demonstrate the problems attendees were facing in their industries. Also, using the same examples, I could convince them that our software could help them improve their products’ design. 

End paragraph

I thank you for your book. I am hoping to meet you soon.

Kind Regards, 

Kalyani Joshi

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Review of IELTS Letter 2 to thank your colleague

  1. The second response to the Writing Task 1 (or IELTS Letter task) is much better than the previous one.
  2. The paragraphs are connected in a better way with each other. Also, the sentence or ideas flow naturally. The linking devices are appropriately and sufficiently used. 
  3. The semi-formal tone of the task is maintained well throughout the letter.
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