If you are studying in a British university you will be required to do a large amount of writing, whatever your subject. Some people distinguish between "essays" and "reports", and you may also know some other names for written assignments. However, sometimes the same name is used for very different types of assignment, and different names are used for very similar types of assignment.

Some of these assignments are more common in some disciplines than in others. For example, in business Case Studies are very common, in law Problem Questions are very common, while in history and philosophy Essays are very common.

Three thousand examples of proficient British university assignments from more than 30 disciplines, such as business, engineering, law, biology, sociology and history have been collected. These form the BAWE corpus. By analysing these assignments 13 basic Genre Families of student writing can be identified and each one has been given a specific name.

The 13 Genre Families are:

Here is some more information about the background to identifying these Genre Families.

Note that the names that have been given to these assignment families have very specific meanings on this site, but you will probably find that your lecturers and your fellow students use these names much more loosely – they may for example call most written assignments "essays", and they may use the terms "essay" and "report"  interchangeably.

Try this Task to check that you understand about the BAWE project.

 

Task 1

Choose the correct answers for these questions about the project.

Exercise

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Hello Noor,

What kind of articles do you need to write? If you can be a little more precise then we may be able to make some suggestions.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Mr Peter,

Thank you for your reply Sir.. I would like to write on social problems especially environment pollution, global warming,health issued, gender discrimination etc.

Could you please advise with tips and essential guidelines.

Best Regards.

noor

Hello powerhouse,

Those are topics, rather than types of articles. You can find material on those topics by using the search function on the right of the page. Type in the phrase or word ('global warming' or 'environment', for example) and you'll see links to materials on those topics which will be helpful.

When I asked about types of articles I had in mind things like articles for media publication, for blogs, for academic study and so on.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Sir.
Could you please advise tips of writing for blogs.
Kindest regards.

noor

Hello powerhouse,

I'm not sure that there are many rules relating to blogging. Obviously, it is quite a new genre which is still developing, so it may become more fixed over time. A lot depends on the topic(s) about which you plan to blog. More 'serious' topics such as public policy, politics, economics and so on will be written in a more formal and objective style with reference to sources and data, while less academic topics like sport, cooking and travel will tend to be more chatty and personal.

My advice to you is to look at existing blogs on the same or similar topics to your own and see how they are organised, what kind of language they use and so on. That will give you a good starting point. You might also find these sections on LearnEnglish useful:

Blogging or Print?

Word on the Street: Social Media

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team 

i m new here i hope you will help me to improve my English i m JOHN PAUL from Pakistan

Hi everyone,
I'm Hai. I'm a new member. My job in the future needs speaking skill and writing skill a lot but my skills aren't good. Can everybody show me how to improve them?
Thank you so much!

Hello funtom,

Welcome! We get this kind of question quite often and have explained some ways you can use LearnEnglish to improve your writing and speaking on our Frequently asked questions page. I'd suggest you start there and then if you have any more specific questions, please let us know and we'll do our best to help you. If it's near where you live and it's possible for you, you might also want to look at the courses on offer at a British Council Teaching Centre in Vietnam.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello!
I am Karnan, I want to write good sentences without grammar error. So, kindly help me, how to write?
Thanks

Hello Karnan Kaliyamoorthy,

This is a quite a general question, and so it is hard for us to answer other than to say 'practice and more practice'! Actually, we have a page with general advice, including on grammar. You can find it here. Use the links to see the different suggestions we make.

If you have any specific questions about specific grammar issues then we'll be happy to provide specific answers, of course!

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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