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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Pre-intermediate: A2

Yes, writing essays is a difficult task I'm practice more writing essays in English.

I didn't write the essay before when I was student, but I think it's difficult for everybody to write the essay. I think the first one to write the essay is we should have ideal and content of the essay, so we can construct step by step to complete the essay.
What I find a littlle bit difficult to write in a essay is the right structure of the sentences or the correct tense furthermore the punctuation is another thinng in which I make some errors.
Writing essay is such a difficult task. How to write sentence properly and correct order. You can master in writing essay. Do practice under teacher guidance is the best way.
Most difficult for me is format rules, like quota, like book which I use, like size of text, and font, like page numbers, and many many things, I hate it. But I like essay, It good way to understand things. Some time you thing like this "Oh I know this" but when you start write, and explains your understanding, you find more sense.
Hi Team ! I understand that writing essay is not only easy for me but also for every body. I wonder how we can improve the writing essay. Please guide us some methods to achieve this goal. I myself study. Beside that I only know read and write more. Thank you very much.

Hello Minh,

In my experience, the most effective way to improve your essay writing is to get feedback on your writing from a teacher, which includes implementing their advice while you're working with them, even if it is difficult and something you don't agree with at the moment.

We don't provide this kind of help at LearnEnglish, but we do have some pages that could serve as good models for you. There's an opinion essay in our B2 writing section and another couple of essays in our C1 writing section. You can also find a few models with tips in the Writing skills section of LearnEnglish Teens, especially at the B2 and C1 levels.

Good luck!

All the best,


The LearnEnglish Team

for me relayes the ideas and you have to read a lot of things about it which i mean being educated

Hi opik,

The speaker means that he prefers students to email him the assignment, not to give him a paper copy. He wants to protect the environment by using less paper (which is made from trees).

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

What I find difficult writing essays is to connect different ideas and thoughts about a topic
In my opinion, writing essay is not easy for me and also for everybody. If people want to write correct and attractive, people will practise to write it many times. On the other hand, you have been received the feedback from higher level as like teacher. Moreover, people should read a number of books that the best ways they recognize wrong or right sentences.
I find difficult about writing essays is how to summarise your broad Idea in few words. This takes a lot of time. If you have given a period of time to write a essay then difficulty is so high. We have a lots of ideas. So this is for me a difficult task. If you want to master in writing essays then you have to practice writing essays and reading essays. Practice is a thing that you can master in anything.
In my opinion, with front 12 Arial and 14 subheading are little bit small, and it makes difficult to read. If we want to clear, I suggest that we use front 14 and bolder for subheading.
In my opinion the most difficult part of writing an essay is that I don't know how to write a formal sentences or the way of essay writing,cause it should be inspire the boss or teacher by best words
In my opinion the first thing that would makes writing essays difficult is the level of one's English, because we could still have ideas but we are not able to express them. And this is due to lack of vocabulary.
Writing an essay with a word limit is a difficult situation. Because sometimes you have ideas' in abundance and that is hard to decide on paper what to mention and what to not, on the other hand sometimes we lack the ideas to fulfill the word limit.
One of the most weakness is writing an essay, when some asking me for write some essay, that's a very hard for me and I get a fear of the writing any essay due to my mistakes which I do them in the grammar so I'm doing my best to improve my skills in the writing, though.
Essay writing is difficult task but for me difficult thing is not exist in the world. I had participate many essay competition and i like write essay.
The topic is the most difficult for me and how to write the essay headline. I am also difficult with vocab and grammar. But we should do the assignment before the deadline is more importance than other. I find many books for the topic I choose in the library and I read more about the topic I choose. And then I write down sentence and choose the most I like. In this way, I write the essay or assignment.
Oh, essay writing and hand in it is really difficult to time during the study seeing as some teachers can be looked at your essay very strong and critical. Although you gave the power and time to write the essay in on time. However, your essay will be facilitated by some professors. They are kind to their students.
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.
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
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.
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.
The test it was a little difficuld, but, it was funny. I always give my essays on time.
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
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

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

Hello guys! How's it going? I think that to start a essay is very hard because is the introduction that will show if your essay will be good or not
There are a lot of difficulties that you will be faced when you decide to write an essay, especially if you are writing in a foreign language. The essay should be well structured, with separated paragraphs, the vocabulary should be huge with sophisticated words and we should follow the grammar rules. Also, the paragraphs should be related to each other without losing the meaning of the essay.
In my point of view the most difficult thing when you should do an assay is when you have to give your own ideas and you don't have the enough expertise or knowledge about the topic.
I found the preparation for a good essay outline is difficult. Because this is the step to collect all the best important ideas of the topic. In it, I will be able to give my essay a structure as well as detail any points which must be included in the final written piece of work.
When I write an essay, the difficulty is to think what to write. Sometimes, when l finish writing all the sentences I think of, the number of words doesn't get enough to meet the recommended number.
Dear team. From the lesson above: 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 question is: Why the university theacher use the 'past form' ?? (Your dog was ill....) . While he talk about 'the deadline' that refer to the future.

Hello fahri,

The speaker is thinking about an excuse that a student might give. The dog being ill would be before essay is handed in, so the speaker is imagining what the student might say: I'm sorry the essay is late but my dog was ill.


You can think of it as a form of implied reported speech:

The deadline for this essay is October the 18th. Not the 19th, not the 28th, not two days later because (you claim/say/tell me) your dog was ill or your computer broke.


The present form (because your dog is ill) would also be grammatically correct here.



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear team. From the lesson above. If it's late, I won't mark it. I won't even read it – you'll fail the assignment!  'won't' it's mean 'will not'. But the foreign people like me, 'won't' and 'want' is similar in sound. So, sometime we confuse with 'I won't mark it' and 'I want mark it' . Similar in sound but very different meaning. Thank you for your explanation for me
Hi fahri, To help hear the difference, listen out for the word 'to' after 'want'. - I want to mark it. - I won't mark it. Only 'want' is followed by 'to'. There's no 'to' after 'won't'. Best wishes, Jonathan The LearnEnglish Team
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