You are unhappy about a plan to make your local airport bigger and increase the number of
flights. You live near the airport.
Write a letter to your local newspaper. In your letter
• explain where you live
• describe the problem
• give reasons why you do not want this development. You should write at least 150 words.
This is an answer written by a candidate who achieved a Band 7 score. Here is the examiner’s comment:
The response to the task is fluent, although there is room for expansion and clarification of some
aspects of the task. The message is well-organised and can be followed throughout, with the writer
making good use of ‘signpost’ words. There are some problems with word choice and with word
formation (e.g. ‘big noise’, ‘distractive’), but the range of sentence structures is varied and well controlled
I am writing with regard to the article in your newspaper dated 7th September. My house is situated within 20 minutes walk of the airport. Please allow me to point out the problems which have caused serious damage on the residential area. I am fully sure that the problems must be aggravated if the plan is carried out to expand the
airport and Increase the number of flights.
First of all, the low-flying aeroplanes are utterly distractive. They make such a big noise that I cannot concentrate on housework at all. What is worse, I am woken up by the late hour flights at midnight; I was diagnosed as Insomnia the other day. I should call this situation noise pollution.
Secondly, I am afraid that the expansion of the airport may reduce the plot of land for the playground which is under construction near the airport at the moment.
To sum up, I strongly disagree with the plan. I would appreciate if you could possibly write the article about the problems and disagreement as I said above.
Source: Cambridge IELTS 3