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If you are studying English at university and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

The discipline of English is the academic study of the English language and literature produced in it. This often involves analysis of different genres of written texts produced in English, but also includes the practice of writing, the study of linguistics, as well as the history and teaching of the language.

To write assignments when you're studying English, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to English go to this page:

English Vocabulary

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In English, you will probably mostly write essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills. 

This genre has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about essays, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it. 

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all English courses are the same and they might include assignments that aren't essays.


Hello everybody?

how can i know whether am using American English or Birish English when am writing mails .

Hello abdi iid ahmed,

The most obvious difference in written English between British and US English is spelling, I would say. For example:

British > US

-ise > ize (scandalise > scandalize)

our > or (colour > color)

ll > l (travelling > traveling)


However, remember that these are rules of thumb and are a guide not fixed laws. Remember also that there are many different kinds of English around the world, and that British and US English are only two of these.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you so much for the guidance

Please guide me. Is it correct if I write, "On scrutiny of documents of the petitioner , It is found that all the details given about the petitioner is correct.

Hello raju73,

I'm afraid we don't provide the service of correcting users' texts, but I will say that the last verb 'is' should be 'are', as the subject is 'details' (which is plural). The rest looks good.

I hope this helps you.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

thx for the useful info ,plz i would ask if there is an example of literary essay

Hello MU RA,

I don't think we have an example of a literary essay specifically, but we do have a page on academic essays generally. You can find it here.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team