IELTS Speaking Part 2: ‘An important email that you have received’ with best tips, notes and model answer

This is an IELTS Speaking Part 2 or topic card post that deals with the topic ‘an important email you have received’. I’ve detailed some of the major points of the email and explained some ideas or notes which you can apply to answer this topic. You should go after the directions and practice the answer to have an obvious idea about this cue card.

IELTS Speaking Part 2: 'An important email that you have received' with best tips, notes and model answer

Best tips for answering this Cue Card:

Make notes for the answer you are preparing. It is important for you to write down some points and some significant vocabularies on the piece of paper which you will be given. Don’t put it away or neglect it. This note-taking may save your day.

Here are some points which you can consider for this topic card:

Email from— University of Lisbon

About — confirmation of acceptance as a student

Subject — Arts and Crafts

Time of receiving — Sunday Morning, two years ago

Feeling — excited, happy, ecstatic, emotional

Reason — long expected, dream about studying in Europe, helpful for the present job etc.

Here is a note prepared by one of my student, who requested me to share it with you.

Let’s take a look at the notes:

Model Answer: 

I can talk about different kinds of emails which I’ve received in different circumstances. But not all of them are notable. There are a few emails which I recall all the time. For this topic card, I’m going to talk about an email that I received about two years ago. In my opinion, this may be one of the most favorite moments of my life because this email was from a university where I wanted to get admitted for a one-year course, and through that email, the authority confirmed that they accepted me as their student.

I remember that I got the mail about two years ago on a Sunday morning. Before that, I had already applied to a number of top universities in Europe to get admitted to a year-long course on arts and crafts. Though I had desired this email for a long time, I was expecting no quick response because they generally take a lot of time to consider an application from any foreign country. My first few choices were Bristol University, Whitechapel College, University of the Arts London, Glasgow School of Arts, University of Lisbon, etc. But none of them were replying to me. So, I was beginning to be frustrated. My cousins in Turkey, however, were optimistic about my admission. They advised me not to send any more emails for an inquiry. On that Sunday morning, I was having a chat with some of my cousins in Istanbul and suddenly I found a notification from Google Mail on my laptop.

My heart started pounding as I saw the sender’s address as the University of Lisbon. When I opened my Gmail account, I became ecstatic to find that the university had approved me as one of their few international students in the Arts and Crafts course which would start just after three months from that time. They also sent me some instructions on what to do next and how to plan my trip from Turkey to Lisbon. I was really happy that they suggested to me some best options for flights and arranged my reception at Lisbon Airport. I was so happy that I started crying.

I consider this email one of the best and probably one of the most important moments of my whole life. It is because this email changed my life completely. Today I’m working as an Arts and Crafts teacher at Middle East Technical University in Turkey and getting a handsome salary with the greatest respect as a teacher. This was my dream job. All of this happened because the University of Lisbon accepted me as their student. The confirmation mail may be a small one, yet it is one of the most significant emails in my life.

This is the end of the answer.

For this cue card topic, you can talk about one of the following emails or one of your own:

  1. Letter or email from a dear friend.
  2. Letter from a college about the confirmation of scholarship
  3. Email from a friend from a foreign country.
  4. Letter from a family member whom you have not seen for a long.
  5. Email that confirms your acceptance in a scholarship program.
  6. Email from your company that confirms your promotion.
  7. Email about your job confirmation from a company.
  8. Letter from the Embassy/consulate that confirms your Visa to a foreign country.
  9. Email from a family member that confirmed the good news you were looking for a long.
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