Explanations and Exercises are types of writing which show that you have understood what you have read in textbooks, and what your lecturers have told you. Although these kinds of assignments can be very technical and can require you to know a large amount about your discipline, they do not usually require you to give your own opinion, or write anything which is not accepted knowledge.

The Primary Purpose of these Genre Families is Demonstrating Knowledge and Understanding.

Listen to the discussion between a student (S) and a lecturer (L) and do the task.

Task 1: What do you mean by Demonstrating Knowledge and Understanding?



Dear Renato
There are a lot of history assignments in the BAWE corpus, so I hope that in the Writing for a Purpose materials you will be able to find  some interesting examples of the way university students use English to write about history.
Do you think the same kinds of assignments are set in Brazilian universities?
The Writing for a Purpose Team

good news. I`m glad to this exercises that I have improved my english. Thank you

Dear Paiacan
Thanks, and good luck with your studies!
The Writing for a Purpose Team