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Instructions for an assignment

Listen to a university teacher giving instructions for an assignment to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.

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Pre-intermediate: A2

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I found the preparation for a good essay outline is difficult. Because this is the step to collect all the best important ideas of the topic. In it, I will be able to give my essay a structure as well as detail any points which must be included in the final written piece of work.

When I write an essay, the difficulty is to think what to write. Sometimes, when l finish writing all the sentences I think of, the number of words doesn't get enough to meet the recommended number.

Dear team.
From the lesson above:
The deadline for this essay is October the 18th. Not the 19th, not the 28th, not two days later because your dog was ill or your computer broke.
The question is:
Why the university theacher use the 'past form' ?? (Your dog was ill....) .
While he talk about 'the deadline' that refer to the future.

Hello fahri,

The speaker is thinking about an excuse that a student might give. The dog being ill would be before essay is handed in, so the speaker is imagining what the student might say: I'm sorry the essay is late but my dog was ill.

 

You can think of it as a form of implied reported speech:

The deadline for this essay is October the 18th. Not the 19th, not the 28th, not two days later because (you claim/say/tell me) your dog was ill or your computer broke.

 

The present form (because your dog is ill) would also be grammatically correct here.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Dear team.
From the lesson above.
If it's late, I won't mark it. I won't even read it – you'll fail the assignment! 
'won't' it's mean 'will not'.
But the foreign people like me, 'won't' and 'want' is similar in sound. So, sometime we confuse with 'I won't mark it' and 'I want mark it' . Similar in sound but very different meaning.
Thank you for your explanation for me

Hi fahri,

To help hear the difference, listen out for the word 'to' after 'want'.

- I want to mark it.
- I won't mark it.

Only 'want' is followed by 'to'. There's no 'to' after 'won't'.

Best wishes,

Jonathan
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much sir. The answer is really help me. I am glad for it.

Dear team.
From the audio above.
You can also bring a paper copy of the essay to my office, but let's be kind to the trees, OK? Email is better for the trees and for me.
'trees' is it mean 'plants' or anything else???
Thank you very much for your attention and answer.

Hello fahri,

In this context, 'trees' is used to represent 'the environment'. This is an example of the rhetorical device called Synecdoche:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synecdoche

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much sir

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