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This is an IELTS writing task 1 letter from the real general training exam on the topic of a letter of inquiry.

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IELTS Essay: Letter of Inquiry

You saw an advertisement in the paper for a property management position at an apartment complex. Write a letter to express your interest. Include

  • Why you are writing
  • Your suitability for the role
  • How you would approach the position

Dear Vista Apartment management,

I am writing in response to a posting that I saw in the help wanted section of a newsletter. I would like to apply for the position of property manager at your new Vista Apartments location on North Sunland Drive.

I am suitable for this role because I have past experience and excellent references in the field of residential management. Attached is my resume and letter of reference but I would also like to provide further context. The last 8 years I have worked managing various properties for Sunwah Incorporated, which runs a number of complexes around the city. I am therefore familiar with daily operations including collecting rent, liaising with repairmen, general maintenance, and complying with local rules and regulations.

If given the opportunity, I hope to bring a high level of professionalism to the role. I am well known within my current position for having a positive attitude, communicating clearly with both tenants and upper management, and being reliable. I would strive to apply these same qualities to a role as your property manager.

I look forward to your reply and am available for an interview at your convenience.

Best regards,

Dave

Analysis

1. Dear Vista Apartment management,

2. I am writing in response to a posting that I saw in the help wanted section of a newsletter. 3. I would like to apply for the position of property manager at your new Vista Apartments location on North Sunland Drive.

  1. Address the letter to someone.
  2. Include your purpose for writing.
  3. Add in some more detail if you want.

1. I am suitable for this role because I have past experience and excellent references in the field of residential management. 2. Attached is my resume and letter of reference but I would also like to provide further context. 3. The last 8 years I have worked managing various properties for Sunwah Incorporated, which runs a number of complexes around the city. 4. I am therefore familiar with daily operations including collecting rent, liaising with repairmen, general maintenance, and complying with local rules and regulations.

  1. Begin to develop the second point.
  2. Add more detail to it.
  3. Keep developing it.
  4. Put in as much as possible for a higher task achievement score.

1. If given the opportunity, I hope to bring a high level of professionalism to the role. 2. I am well known within my current position for having a positive attitude, communicating clearly with both tenants and upper management, and being reliable. 3. I would strive to apply these same qualities to a role as your property manager.

4. I look forward to your reply and am available for an interview at your convenience.

5. Best regards,

6. Dave

  1. Develop the last point.
  2. Keep developing it.
  3. Finish developing it.
  4. Add an ending.
  5. Use a phrase like regards or sincerely.
  6. Write your name at the end of the letter.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean? Take notes on a piece of paper to aid memory retention.

Dear Vista Apartment management,

I am writing in response to a posting that I saw in the help wanted section of a newsletter. I would like to apply for the position of property manager at your new Vista Apartments location on North Sunland Drive.

I am suitable for this role because I have past experience and excellent references in the field of residential management. Attached is my resume and letter of reference but I would also like to provide further context. The last 8 years I have worked managing various properties for Sunwah Incorporated, which runs a number of complexes around the city. I am therefore familiar with daily operations including collecting rent, liaising with repairmen, general maintenance, and complying with local rules and regulations.

If given the opportunity, I hope to bring a high level of professionalism to the role. I am well known within my current position for having a positive attitude, communicating clearly with both tenants and upper management, and being reliable. I would strive to apply these same qualities to a role as your property manager.

I look forward to your reply and am available for an interview at your convenience.

Best regards,

Dave

Answers

in response to answering

posting put up in

help wanted section place in a paper to put up job vacancies

newsletter email sent to lots of people

apply ask for

position job

property manager person running the place

location place

suitable fit well

role position

past experience previous work

excellent references recommendations

in the field of in the sector of

residential management in charge of where people live

attached included

resume list of past jobs and education

letter of reference recommendation letter

provide further context give more information on the situation

last previous

various myriad

runs a number of complexes in charge of proporties

familiar know about

daily operations how it is run everyday

collecting rent getting monthly money

liaising with repairmen communicating with maintenance

general maintenance repairs

complying with local rules and regulations obeying laws

if given the opportunity if I get the chance

high level of professionalism very professional

well known famous for

current right now

positive attitude good outlook

clearly directly

tenants people living there

upper management executives

reliable can be counted on

strive to apply try hard to put into practice

qualities characteristics

I look forward to your reply await your reply

available for an interview at your convenience can interview whenever you want

best regards sincerely

Pronunciation

Practice with this tip using Google voice search to improve your pronunciation:

ɪn rɪsˈpɒns tuː 
ˈpəʊstɪŋ 
hɛlp ˈwɒntɪd ˈsɛkʃən 
ˈnjuːzˌlɛtə
əˈplaɪ 
pəˈzɪʃən 
ˈprɒpəti ˈmænɪʤə 
ləʊˈkeɪʃən 
ˈsjuːtəbl 
rəʊl 
pɑːst ɪksˈpɪərɪəns 
ˈɛksələnt ˈrɛfrənsɪz 
ɪn ðə fiːld ɒv 
ˌrɛzɪˈdɛnʃəl ˈmænɪʤmənt
əˈtæʧt 
rɪˈzjuːm 
ˈlɛtər ɒv ˈrɛfrəns 
prəˈvaɪd ˈfɜːðə ˈkɒntɛkst
lɑːst 
ˈveərɪəs 
rʌnz ə ˈnʌmbər ɒv ˈkɒmplɛksɪz 
fəˈmɪliə 
ˈdeɪli ˌɒpəˈreɪʃənz 
kəˈlɛktɪŋ rɛnt
lɪˈeɪzɪŋ wɪð rɪˈpeə mɛn
ˈʤɛnərəl ˈmeɪntənəns
kəmˈplaɪɪŋ wɪð ˈləʊkəl ruːlz ænd ˌrɛgjʊˈleɪʃənz
ɪf ˈgɪvn ði ˌɒpəˈtjuːnɪti
haɪ ˈlɛvl ɒv prəˈfɛʃnəlɪzm 
wɛl nəʊn 
ˈkʌrənt 
ˈpɒzətɪv ˈætɪtjuːd
ˈklɪəli 
ˈtɛnənts 
ˈʌpə ˈmænɪʤmənt
rɪˈlaɪəbl
straɪv tuː əˈplaɪ 
ˈkwɒlɪtiz 
aɪ lʊk ˈfɔːwəd tuː jɔː rɪˈplaɪ 
əˈveɪləbl fɔːr ən ˈɪntəvjuː æt jɔː kənˈviːniəns
bɛst rɪˈgɑːdz

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

Dear Vista Apartment management,

I am writing in response to a posting that I saw in the help wanted section of a newsletter. I would like to apply for the position of property manager at your new Vista Apartments location on North Sunland Drive.

I am suitable for this role because I have past experience and excellent references in the field of residential management. Attached is my resume and letter of reference but I would also like to provide further context. The last 8 years I have worked managing various properties for Sunwah Incorporated, which runs a number of complexes around the city. I am therefore familiar with daily operations including collecting rent, liaising with repairmen, general maintenance, and complying with local rules and regulations.

If given the opportunity, I hope to bring a high level of professionalism to the role. I am well known within my current position for having a positive attitude, communicating clearly with both tenants and upper management, and being reliable. I would strive to apply these same qualities to a role as your property manager.

I look forward to your reply and am available for an interview at your convenience.

Best regards,

Dave

Listening Practice

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Reading Practice

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Speaking Practice

Practice with the following speaking questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Work 1 (Model answer available on my Patreon)

  1. Do you work or are you a student?
  2. Do you like your current job?
  3. In the future, do you want to change jobs?

Writing Practice

Practice with the related topic below and then check with my sample answer:

You are interested in applying for a new position at your company but have some questions. Write a letter to you boss. In your letter include:

  • Which position you are considering
  • What questions you have about it
  • How your boss can help you decide whether or not to apply

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