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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.



Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


If I am writing an essay in English , so the most difficult thing is the vocabulary.

I find difficult about writing essays, like capturing your ideas and thoughts, using the proper words to make the essay have that reflective and critical character that characterizes it, and that you want to express on a specific issue. Having that facility to explain, interpret and evaluate a particular topic by seeking that the reader can easily understand it.

For me, gathering information from scientific sources and writing in English are more difficult than other problems. Secondly, I have a lot of difficulty in learning new vocabulary. There are many synonyms with little differences and it takes a lot of time to learn them. I work 12 hours everyday and when I arrive home I don't have enough energy to practice all my English skills.

I'm Italian and therefore, about writing essays in English, I find difficult to translate the way of expressing myself in a language much more simple as English.

Ahh.... By the time I hear his instruction, I would have been sleeping, cuz his tone of voice sounds like a cradle song...!
Sorry, professor!

I need tutoring on writing academic essays.

Hello Lexzy22
There are several essays in our Writing skills section:
We also have a section on writing academic English in general (
I hope you can find something useful on one or more of those pages!
All the best
The LearnEnglish Team

Be honest,to begin with,I am bad at English,i have been learning English for 8months,believe me,I put stern efforts into my English,but I am still bad .
Subsequently,simultaneously I try to improve my all parts in English,so i need your help,pls how to advance your English,every part is the same ...Writing Essay is my major problem in English,due to the fact that sometimes I even can't understand the meaning of the topic,and it is really arduous to express my ideas about broad and difficult topics..And sometimes,I do not have lots of information about topics,even in my native language,i do not write in English ,nor do I write in my own one..It really undermines my all passion about learning this majestic language..Hope that I will be given advice ..Sincerely yours,Reshad from Azerbaijan..

Hello Reshad,
Many people find it hard to see their progress when they are learning a language. However, if you have been learning for only 8 months then I think you are making impressive progress as your comment was clear and easy for me to understand.
You might find it useful to take our online test to assess your level:
One you have done that, you can use our search too to find content at the right level and on the right topics or skills. The search tool is on the same page as the level test - just scroll down a little.
You might also take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page:
On that page you'll find answers to many questions which many learners have, including how writing can be improved.
Good luck!
The LearnEnglish Team

i tried to understand “ the trees ” but i couldn’t . So what does it mean ? Tks a lot !