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IELTS Invitation Letter for GT Writing Task 1

Below is a model answer for an IELTS invitation letter. This particular invitation letter was reported in the IELTS exam last week. The aim of the invitation is a public event. Other invitations can sometimes include holiday invites, private celebration invites or even formal invites from a business perspective.


Writing Task 1: Write a letter to your friend who lives in another country and in your letter:

  • a. Invite him/her to a public event in your country.
    b. Describe the public event.
    c. Explain about other plans you have for your friend when he/she will visit.

IELTS Invitation Letter Model Answer

Hi Dave,

How have you been since we last met?

I thought I’d drop you a line and see if you fancy coming over for Bonfire night which is on November 5th.

Bonfire night is a great event in England, particularly in my hometown. It starts as soon as the sun has set because the event is held around a huge bonfire. As the weather is cold, the bonfire adds wonderful warmth. On the fire, there’s a guy which represents Guy Fawkes, a man who once tried to blow up Parliament. On top of that there’s also fireworks and a chance to cook your own food on the fire, which I’m sure you’ll love.

While you’re over, we’ll be able to do a trip to London as I know you’ve always wanted to visit. The Christmas lights will have been switched on by then and they are amazing. You’ll also be able to visit the Christmas markets and do all your Christmas shopping.

I really hope you’ll be able to come over. It won’t be the same without you.

Write back soon,


Words = 183

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  1. http://John%20Raphael says

    Hi Liz. Wonderful site you’ve got here. Thanks for the helpful points. I just want to know which paragraphing method is better, the indentation of the first line of a new paragraph or spaces between subsequent paragraphs. Thanks

    • One is not better than the other. The only thing is that the paragraphs are very easy to identify. For this reason, I always choose to leave an empty line between paragraphs – it’s easier for the examiner.

  2. http://Fernanda%20Teshima says

    Liz, thank you so much for this amazing blog. Thanks to your help, I got band 9 on Reading and Speaking in Academic exam last year. Now I’m taking GT and I’ve been struggling to adjust vocab in writting tasks. For informal letters, is it ok to use “wanna”, “gonna”, and expressions like “we had a ball”?
    Thanks 🙂

    • http://Liz says

      “wanna” and “gonna” are for speaking and not writing. Yes, you can use other informal language if the letter is informal. If it is formal, you can’t.

  3. http://Juveria%20Baig says

    Hi Liz,
    I have a doubt in the pattern of this letter.
    The teacher from whom I take ielts training has teached me to give space before I start every paragraph. But in your letter I see that there is no space given before the paragraph starts.
    As far as I know a letter can be written in both ways. But can u please advice me on which way will be better for a high score?
    And would it be wrong to write “your’s lovingly” at the end of personal letter?

  4. http://Asif says

    Dear Liz,
    Can we put the date anywhere in the letter?

  5. http://addyss says

    Hi Liz, Is it okay if I include all three points in my letter but not in the order it is given? sometimes, the points are given in an illogical order. Also, can I use any informal words in semi formal letters? waiting for your reply. 🙂

  6. http://Aisha says

    Dear Liz,
    I hope you are doing great and many thanks for this wonderful blog. I want to know about letter of reference for the job, I assume it’s a semi- formal letter to the teacher…am I right??
    Plus I want to know is it mandatory to write your sincerely for Formal letter. Can’t we write Yours truly aswell??
    Pls clear my confusion

    • http://Liz says

      No, it is not semi formal. You do not have a close personal relationship with a teacher. So, you are writing to someone you know through formal education about a formal topic – employment. This means all letters of reference are formal, unless you are asking your best friend for one.

  7. http://Roshni says

    Liz, Can we use all caps for writing test?

    Thanks for your wonderful work.

    • It is possible to use all capital letters in writing but it is not recommended. In writing, part of your score is based on grammar as well as punctuation. This means it’s better to use lower case with appropriate capital letters which it is grammatically correct.

  8. http://Heena says

    @Liz, can we use all caps to answer listening and reading questions?

  9. http://Mridula says

    Hi Liz,

    Shouldn’t it be …a man who once tried to blow up THE Parliment?

  10. http://Premila says

    Will there be a deduction of marks if the number of words get exceeded? I was informed by my instructor ,that writing more than 160 for the letter will reduce the score.

  11. http://Sharmin says

    Dear Liz,
    As you know, I am planning to take IELTS exam next month. I always practice your website and I watch your youtube video. I really enjoy your teaching style and method. Do you know ,I have been teaching at English Medium School it is about 10 years. I taught science and recently english language on class two in Bangladesh. I wanted to improve my language and teaching skills.This website is very useful for me.
    Thank you very much
    Sharmin Jahan

  12. http://Michael says

    Thanks for your wonderful website. Just have a question:
    Is it correct to use “which” in this sentence?
    “On the fire, there’s a guy which represents Gy Fawkes.”

    Shouldn’t it be “a guy who represents”?

    • http://Liz says

      Very well spotted 🙂 However, in this case, the word “guy” doesn’t mean a person on the fire. “a guy” in this case is a stuffed figure made of old clothes.

  13. http://Nader says

    Excuse me , do we have to write from the beginning of the line for each paragraph in the letter or first statement in paragraphs must to be written after taking a space from the beginning of the line?

  14. http://Nagaraju says

    Appreciate your help. Really very helpful

  15. http://Nguyen%20Thi%20Bich%20Lam says

    Good afternoon Ms Liz,
    I would like to introduce you. My name is Lam and I come from VN. I am interesting your video introduction writing skill with topic ” the best way to improve health to do regular exersice……” I want learning continue with topic but I don’t know where is it. Could you please give me the link on your website or something else?
    I got 3 score Ielts Test 2 years before and I think I need your help to improve my English.
    I appreciate for your video. I looking forward to hearing from you soon.
    Thanks and best regard.

    Lam Nguyen

  16. http://Tabish says

    Thanks Liz. If we exceed our Word Count, will the examiner cut some marks ?
    In an essay I often tend to hit a word count of around 350 and in a letter around 250. Though, I manage it within the allotted time. .Is it ok ?

    Also do the examiners also test our knowledge of the topic or just say english writing skills. As I often spend huge amount of time in structuring my essay with valid points supporting the topic.

  17. http://Ismail says

    Hi Liz
    Thank you appreciate, I`m following you earlier ,you lectures so useful just i confused how to improve listing skill is listing to BBC and other materials enough or there is another strategy??

    • http://Liz says

      You need to develop skills of listening for the IELTS test not just general listening. Go through all the IELTS Cambridge test books and also all my listening main page lessons.

  18. thanks a lot madam.Your lessons are really lucid and useful.Have an excellent and Godly day to you.

  19. http://Stella says

    Hi Liz,
    I would like to know, if there can be any abbreviations or short forms of do not, or does not, etc. As far as I know, there can not be used in this way. Thank you in advance.

  20. http://farah%20omar says

    Hi Liz,
    I want to ask you if a national day could be consider as public event then i can invite him to celebrate with me. is that ok

  21. http://vanny says

    Your way of teaching is really impressive.

  22. http://Abhishek%20mishra says

    Hi Liz,

    Smiling gesture in your lectures are like enrichment to cake with cherry.

  23. http://Adedeji%20Olufemi says

    I,m enjoying your blog, and l,m already learnt a lot from it. Keep it up,God Almighty will continue to bless you. My Exam is drawing nearer, any tips?.

    • http://Liz says

      I’m afraid all tips are on this blog. My main tips for the day are: get lots of sleep, be prepared to be tired, drink and eat well before your test and always keep your eye on the clock in the exam room.
      Good luck!

  24. http://Shahnaz says

    You are the best who I ever seen in my life. I wish all teachers/people to be like you!
    God blessings for you my dear!

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