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.

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

Task 1

What do you mean by Demonstrating Knowledge and Understanding?

Listen to the discussion between a student (S) and a lecturer (L) and use the words to fill in the blanks. You can listen to the recording as many times as you want and you can pause it if you need more time to put the answers into the spaces.

Exercise

Comments

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?
Hilary
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!
Hilary
The Writing for a Purpose Team

I am new to this site. I find it very useful. I downloaded some songs and stories. At first I had some difficulty in understanding the pronunciation. But now I have improved a lot. Thank you!

Dear mdvkumar
I'm glad you are enjoying the site, and making such great progress!
There are plenty of audio and video recordings in the Writing for a Purpose materials, so you can continue to improve your listening skills as you learn about academic writing.
Hilary
The Writing for a Purpose Team

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