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1.You have gained admission to a famous university. Write a letter to your wealthy uncle giving, at least, three reasons which can convince him to sponsor you.

2.You have spent about six weeks in your new school.Write a letter to your father telling him about your experiences so far.

3. A friend of yours confided in you that she intends to drop out of school to get married. Write a letter to her giving, at least, three reasons why she should stay in school.

4.You are about to leave secondary school and a friend of yours who is attending school in another town has written to enquire about what you wish to do after leaving school. Write a reply to him explaining your plans.

5.Your younger sister who just finished secondary school has written to confide in you that she intends to travel abroad with her friends to explore opportunities for employment. Write a letter to her giving, at least, three reasons why she should not take such an action.

6.You have been staying with your elder brother for some time and a misunderstanding has ensued. Write a letter to your father giving, at least, three reasons why you feel you can no longer live with your brother.

7.Write a letter to your brother studying overseas describing the wedding ceremony of your sister which you attended last week and the role you played in it.

8.Write a letter to a friend with whom you had a quarrel, giving three reasons why you and him should resume your friendship.

9.Your pen friend abroad has written a letter asking you about the latest fashion and its effects on the youth in your country. Write a reply.

10.You have learnt that your younger brother intends to involve himself in examination malpractice during the WASSCE. Write a letter to him warning him of the dangers of such an action and urging him to concentrate on his studies instead

11.Write a letter to your father who has been on a long course abroad telling him how the family has been faring in his absence (450 words)

12. A nagging problem in your family has so far defied all solution. Write a letter to an uncle of yours stating what the problem is and giving reasons why he should intervene.

13.You are in the final year of a Secondary school. Write a letter to your uncle who is an influential person in the society, telling him what you intend to do next and ask for his assistance.

14.You have received information that your brother, who is schooling in another part of the country, is playing truant and keeping bad company. Write a letter warning him of the consequences of such behavior and urging him to turn over a new leaf.

15.You had a quarrel with a very good friend of yours some time ago and since then both of you have not been on speaking terms. Write a letter to him or her expressing your regret of the break in your relationship and your desire for reconciliation.

16.Your younger sister in SS2 has written for your advise on what subjects she should study for SSCE. As someone who knows her ability in the different subjects, write a letter to her giving advice on why she should choose certain subjects rather than others.

17.An elder sister of yours who left school had confided in you in her last letter that she plans to elope with her lover whom your parents do not approve of. Write a letter to her advising against such action, and suggesting steps she should take to obtain the parents’ consent.22.You have changed school and after a few months, you discover that the present school is not as good as the former. Write a letter to your former school giving at least three areas in which the new school doesn’t measure up to the old one.

18.There was a terrible storm in your town during which houses were destroyed. Your family house was among those affected. Write a letter to your uncle working overseas describing the disaster and requesting for help in reconstructing the house.

19.A friend of yours has been absent from school for about a month due to illness. Write a letter to your friend describing some interesting things that have happened in the school during the period and expressing your wish for a quick recovery.

20.In a letter to your brother who has been studying abroad for the past five years, describe at least three ways in which the current economic situation has affected the ways and life of your family.

21.One of your pen friends has written asking you to describe your favorite Nigerian dish to enable her prepare it. Write back explaining how the dish is cooked.

22.A Friend Of Yours Wants To Study In your School and has Written to you for Information And Advice. Write reply to him, Telling him all That he Needs to know About the School. [WAEC MAY JUNE- 2016] [See Answer Here]


The questions above have been provided by WAEC to assist you understand the required standards expected in English Language final examination.

If you ask examiners they will tell you that a very substantial portion of essays marked are letters.Formal or informal.The obvious reason is that students tend to regard letter-writing as a way out as opposed to the monumental task of crafting other brain-bursting essays inside the exam hall.Is this due to ill preparation or laziness? Or is it due to examination tension and the temporary paralysis of the brain leading to inability to think of relevant points to put together for an impressionable score?

With reference to letter-writing it is one thing looking for the easiest way out and it is another eventually finding your self in a maze or getting caught like mouse in a trap! Our honest opinion is that most letters are mouse traps for students and their tutors need to let them know this. Why do we say so?

a.Letters are the most technical of all the essay forms!. There is a list of content that must be seen and included in certain ways without which students can lose substantial marks.

b.Letters hardly give examiners room for discretion or sympathy to students as in other forms of essay.

c.Students hardly feel compelled to study the finer details of what is required for letters. The usual attitude is that they have been writing letters for long and should be able to accumulate “enough” marks with lesser effort than would have been expended on other forms of essay.

d. The advent of e-mails and net writing (such as we are presently using for this write-up) have ensured that students commit more spelling and punctuation mistakes which they don’t even realize especially when writing informal letters!


i. pick one of the questions…

ii. remember the notes below

What are the essentials of informal letter-writing? Is there a check list for tutors and students to use for doing fairly well in letter-writing? Please find below our humble submissions for informal letters.

1. Date.

2. Address of writer.

3.No designation of the addressee should be included.

4. Informal salutation such as Dear Daddy, Dear Uncle Wale or Dear Bobby
5.Don’t let your inquiry about health or well-being take more than a line. Some students often deceive themselves asking after the baby or the dog or even the fight their sister or mother had in the market a few months before the letter! All in a bid to accumulate enough words to meet the minimum number of words required. It is a wonder that students do not know or are not just prepared to know that such games are easily discoverable and promptly decoded with lesser marks.

6. A letter to a friend can be chatty and should reflect some measure of familiarity between two friends. Tutors should please spend more time in giving examples to students because this is their Achilles heel as they tend to let go of their guard-very merrily!

7. Long sentences are allowed and can predominate.Contracted forms such as weren’t, or don’t are also allowed

8. Avoid errors from grammar,punctuations and spellings as indicated in other posts

9. Balance the length of sentences and link your paragraphs.

10. Balance the number of sentences in each paragraph.

11. Apart from your introduction and conclusion use only 3-5 paragraphs with each expressing different ideas.

12. For conclusion restate the reason for writing.

13. For Yours sincerely,truly,lovingly etc those italicized words must start with a small letter.

14. No signature but first name of writer allowed.

15. Though colloqual expressions and slangs may be permitted know that they are very risky. Also be careful about using new acceptable words such as femme fatale which might be known and approved more by markers from urban areas of the country. Anyway,why risk words that are not likely to add more marks to your essay?

16. The tone should agree with the purpose of the letter. If it is for sympathy or condolence it should give comfort.Even if it is a complaint against certain behavior it should indicate disapproval of such behavior without betraying annoyance or anger of the writer.

iii. check past Q/A booklets for similar answers

iv. then write yours…that is, do your own work,learn from the mistakes you make along the way, and the world will be a better, brighter place for you,at least academically (WIKI)

Good luck.

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