Write a letter to one of your old teachers asking for a reference

IELTS General Writing Task 1 with sample answer.

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are applying for a job and need a letter of reference from someone who knew you when you were at school.

Write a letter to one of your old teachers asking for a reference. In your letter:

  • say what job you have applied for
  • explain why you want this job
  • suggest what information the teacher should include

You should write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any address.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear _ ,

Sample Answer:

Dear Mr. Dougall Morrison,

I am writing in the hope that you would be willing to write me a letter of reference. My name is Ian Maxted, and I was a student of your school. You may remember me that I always came to your office hours after every test to go over some of my incorrect answers. Math was a very critical subject for me, and I swelled with proud as I received A in your class.

I know you are busy so I will get to the point. I am going to apply for math teacher in Longman High School and I am trying to collect a few letters of recommendation. I kick around your teaching style and decide to start by asking you.  Would you like to write me a strong letter of recommendation for the school application?

I would be very happy to meet you at your convenience and provide my personal details and any other material that would need.

If you feel discomfort writing me a letter of recommendation, please do not hesitate to say no. I completely understand.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read the letter.

Truly yours,
Ian Maxted.