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 Gabrielaalfonzo on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 14:50

Hello, everyone. :) For me, the most difficult thing about write an essay is find the topic, and sort the ideas to make sens, because sometimes we have the topic we want to writ, but not how we want to say it.

Submitted by elsiaraujo on Fri, 18/09/2020 - 17:12

I think that the more difficult is find the inspiration, the concentration or the perfect moment. If you don't have a quiet atmosphere, you don't fell Ok or have anything that stress you, the essay will be a titanic task

Submitted by GabrielaE on Fri, 18/09/2020 - 03:22

I think one of the most difficult things about writing essays is first find a good topic, wichc can makes happy to the teacher, and the second is write what you really want and the other person understand. For that reason me all time I read, and read each time until I consider it´s perfect.

Submitted by Olieth28 on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 22:15

For me is hard to write an essay because I have to order my ideas first, and it takes me a lot of time. Also I have to read some papers of different authors before I write the essay to have different opinions about the topic I chose.

Submitted by Gabrielaks15 on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 20:54

The test it was a little difficuld, but, it was funny. I always give my essays on time.

Submitted by jmelt on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 18:42

Hello! Yes. I think it is difficult but not impossible . You just have follow the teacher's instructions . And if you have and doubt email him before you send the essay

Submitted by zozo on Fri, 11/09/2020 - 13:58

my graduation project was very hard the prof. were unstandable he wants stuff that no one else ever did i just pass it thanks god
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 13:01

For me, I find handwriting is not easy nowadays... :|

Submitted by SergeySSSS on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 08:15

I am interested in the IELTS essay that structure coincides with university essays?

Hi SergeySSSS,

Yes, IELTS essays are similar to university essays in structure. Both types will start with some kind of introduction to the topic or argument, explain the topic or develop the argument in the body paragraphs, and finish with a conclusion which summarises the main ideas in the essay.

But, there will be differences as well. There are many ways and structures to write an essay. Which structure you use will depend on a lot of things, including what the topic is, what arguments you want to make, what source material you use, and what the instructor or university's requirements are. IELTS essays will also be much shorter than most essays for university.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team