Now you have chosen your Primary Purpose, you should now be able to choose the correct Genre Family you need to use for your writing. If you are still not sure, read your question or assignment brief again. It might also be a good idea to talk to your lecturer.

Now you have chosen your Primary Purpose, choose the Genre Family.

Demonstrating Knowledge & Understanding 1. Demonstrating Knowledge and Understanding: Explanation or Exercise
Building Research Skills 2. Building Research Skills: Literature Survey, Methodology Recount or Research Report
Developing Powers of Independent Reasoning 3. Developing Powers of Independent Reasoning: Critique or Essay
Writing for Oneself & Others 4. Writing for Oneself and Others: Event Recount or Public Engagement
Preparing for Professional Practice 5. Preparing for Professional Practice: Case Study, Design Specification, Problem Question or Proposal

If you cannot choose the correct Genre Family, you may find it useful to look at the descriptions of the Genre Families again.


hello, ı'm new here at British Council website, would you suggest me academic writing( for research) websites or books I'm writing my thesis and I need to improve my writing skills.

Hello Arch-Azraa,

Welcome! There is of course this section of our website, and then the BBC has a useful site as well.

Good luck with your thesis!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team


I want to improve my writing reading and speaking skills.

can you plz help me ? because i really i don't know who can i do that every time i learn the new words i found its very hard and some time i told my self i can't learn English .
plz help me for that .

i will thank you from my heart if you show me the way .

Hello lina,

I would recommend that you read two things. The first is our Frequently asked questions page, where you can find advice on how to use LearnEnglish to improve your speaking and vocabulary (which will help your reading). The other is our Facebook page, where there are all kinds of useful ideas for improving your English.

I hope this helps you. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask us.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

i wan to ask in my computer i have checked british grammar for auto correct.
when i write;
Why are red books and blue bottles kept here?
the auto correct changes it to ;
why red books and blue bottles are kept here?
can you tell me which one is correct?

Hello Farhat Zakir,

'Why are red books and blue bottles kept here?' is perfectly fine, whereas 'why red books and blue bottles are kept here?' is incorrect.

I recommend using your computer only for spellchecking, not grammar!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team 


Sir can you tell me how to improve writing skills such as developing and organizing ideas .

Hello Rind.aziz,

If possible, I'd suggest you find a teacher to help you with this; it's probably the most effective way to learn this skill. If not, below is one suggestion you could follow, but please know there are many ways to do this.

Before you write, think about what you want to say. You could, for example, make a list of several different reasons that support what you are saying. Then choose the two or three that are the most important. Then think about an example that shows why each of those two or three ideas are important. You now have a plan for your writing and can develop these ideas in your composition.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I can't see any of the questions or exercises in the task box when I click on it. Just instructions. I'm on a managed desktop. Is that the reason or is there another possibly?

Hello dinahward,

I think it's more likely a browser issue. Are you by chance using Firefox? We've found that the exercises don't display in Firefox and are working to fix this, but in the meantime, I'd suggest you try a different browser. If that doesn't work, please let us know what operating system you use and what version of what browser you are using. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team