Letter to your teacher asking for a reference: Semi-Formal Letter [IELTS General Writing Task 1 ]

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

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear ………………,

Model Answer:

Dear Mr. Henderson,

I hope this letter finds you well. It has been several years since I graduated from Elmwood High School, but the life lessons and academic foundation you provided during my time in your mathematics class have remained invaluable to me.

I am writing to request a letter of reference, as I have recently applied for the position of Data Analyst at XYZ Corporation, a leading company in the technology sector. The job entails analyzing vast amounts of data, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings in a comprehensible manner, which draws heavily from the skills I cultivated under your tutelage.

The reason I’m particularly keen on this position is that it not only aligns with my educational background but also offers an opportunity to be at the forefront of technological advancements, which I’ve always been passionate about.

It would be greatly beneficial if, in your reference, you could highlight my analytical abilities, strong work ethic, and my consistent performance in your class. Additionally, any mention of my dedication to team projects, leadership skills in group assignments, or specific instances that stood out to you would provide a comprehensive view of my capabilities.

I understand that writing a reference can be time-consuming, and I truly appreciate your consideration of my request. Please let me know if you need any additional information or clarification regarding the position or its requirements.

Thank you in advance for your assistance, and I hope to make both you and Elmwood proud with my future endeavors.

Warm regards,

Natalie Brooks.

Important Vocabulary:

  1. Tutelage: Protection or authority over someone or something; guardianship.
  • Example: Under the tutelage of her mentor, she became an expert in the field.
  1. Keen: Having or showing eagerness or enthusiasm.
  • Example: He was keen to begin his new project.
  1. Highlight: Draw special attention to.
  • Example: The article highlights the issues faced by the urban poor.
  1. Comprehensive: Including all or nearly all elements or aspects of something.
  • Example: A comprehensive guide to camping techniques.
  1. Endeavors: An attempt to achieve a goal.
  • Example: In all your endeavors, always give your best.
  1. Capabilities: The power or ability to do something.
  • Example: The system has the capability of running multiple tasks at once.
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