Instructions for an assignment

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.


I want to explain a few things about your essay.

First of all, the deadline. 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 18th. If it's late, I won't mark it. I won't even read it – you'll fail the assignment! So, please hand it in on time. You can even hand it in early, if you like!

You can email me the essays at That's H-A-R-T-S-H-O-R-N. I'll reply to say I've got it. If I don't reply within a day, it might mean I didn't get it, so please email me again to make sure. 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.

Don't forget that you must reference every idea or quote you use that isn't your own idea. And the last page of your essay should be a list of all the books you used, in alphabetical order, not in the order you used them!

And lastly, make it easy for me to read! That means use a clear font. Arial is best, but Times New Roman is fine too. Not Comic Sans please! Size 12 font for the essay, and size 14 for the titles and subheadings. And use page numbers. Any questions?


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Submitted by Dastenova Firuza on Sat, 11/07/2020 - 19:23

I find ordering and connecting sentences on writing essays. I also have problems with choosing stylistic words.
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Submitted by Hennadii on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 17:16

I think I always difficult to write an essay. You have to read lots of books or spend a lot of time searching on the Internet for needed information. Then you have to connect all these pieces of text in one plus add some thought of your own and don't forget about quotes and references. And check your essay a couple of times and recheck in again, format it and don't forget about the deadline. Telling the truth, I've never been good at essays in my school or university days. I often found this work quite boring.

Submitted by Anneke Putri on Wed, 08/07/2020 - 03:35

Writing an essay in Bahasa is easier than using English. because my grammar is bad and my writing skills still need more improvement. The idea is a lot easier when it's set by a teacher. we just have to read many journals to find references and paraphrase it to our work. but not just like that, after read some journals, we need to analyze that and match them with another theory.

Submitted by Suellen Esteves on Mon, 06/07/2020 - 18:51

Writing an essays is difficult for me because I hate grammar and technical standards.

Submitted by joshnamep on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 11:00

In the first times, I always got in trouble with formatting my essays. But days by days, I practised it by many projects, essays and assignments, I am better doing it now. In the present, my most difficulty is preparing the essay contents. In this part, we have to brainstorm and work hard, the other part we can learn it or reference it from some e-source.

Submitted by abudo93 on Fri, 26/06/2020 - 11:02

A difficulty was in my font and how to get reference and quotes

Submitted by Asni on Wed, 24/06/2020 - 22:42

The first difficulty is to concentrate well and think about ideas, then how to structure them the right way. Sometimes, it is a bit tricky to turn ideas into sentences especially if you have to write it in a foreign language that you don't master. Another thing is the time. Time is used to be my ennemy, I 'm slow in organizing my ideas and writing. Usually, I need to use a draft and copy it on the exam paper.

Submitted by Mona22 on Wed, 24/06/2020 - 22:20

I can write an essay by Arabic it seems easy, but in English, I think it's will be full of mistakes needs someone help me

Submitted by Teresa Chi on Fri, 12/06/2020 - 13:04

i have some difficulties in writing, because i don't have much vocabulary and i also don't know how to organize my ideas.