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Writing Paper Part 2. Task Type: Letter of Application

You have seen the following job advertisement:


  • Would you like to work with children aged 5-11?
  • Do you have lots of energy?
  • Are you an excellent swimmer?
Our Children's Club is looking for someone to teach a group of ten children swimming and to do a range of other activities. Please apply to Mrs Sykes saying why you are suitable for the job.

Write a letter of application to Mrs Sykes. (around 140-190 words)

What you need to do to pass
Read our checklist first to understand what the examiner is looking for in a good answer.

Ideas for writing
Ask yourself the following questions to help you get started:

  • What information can you put in your letter to show that you would be able to work with young children?
    E.g. I have a number of young nieces and nephews who I babysit for regularly...
  • How can you show that you have lots of energy? Make a list of two things that can demonstrate this.
    E.g. I train in the gym twice a week...
    I am used to walking everywhere...
  • Can you prove that you are an excellent swimmer?
    E.g. I have a lifesaving certificate and have won many awards for swimming.
  • The job involves doing other activities with children. What qualities or skills do you have that will impress the reader of your application? Make a list of two or three points.
    E.g. First Aid training (in case of accidents), driving licence (for taking children out on trips), certificates in gymnastics (for coaching children)...

Drafting and proofreading your work

You should look at your first draft of the task and decide:

  • Have you answered the question?
  • Is the review organised in a clear and logical way?
  • Is the language accurate with a good range of structures?
  • Is the style OK?
  • Will it have a positive effect on the reader?

If the answer is 'no' to any of these questions then you will need to do some more drafting!



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