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If you are studying in a British university you will be required to do a large amount of writing, whatever your subject. Some people distinguish between "essays" and "reports", and you may also know some other names for written assignments. However, sometimes the same name is used for very different types of assignment, and different names are used for very similar types of assignment.

Some of these assignments are more common in some disciplines than in others. For example, in business Case Studies are very common, in law Problem Questions are very common, while in history and philosophy Essays are very common.

Three thousand examples of proficient British university assignments from more than 30 disciplines, such as business, engineering, law, biology, sociology and history have been collected. These form the BAWE (British Academic Written English) corpus. By analysing these assignments 13 basic Genre Families of student writing can be identified and each one has been given a specific name.

The 13 Genre Families are:

Here is some more information about the background to identifying these Genre Families.

Note that the names that have been given to these assignment families have very specific meanings on this site, but you will probably find that your lecturers and your fellow students use these names much more loosely – they may for example call most written assignments "essays", and they may use the terms "essay" and "report"  interchangeably.


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Could you please help me
I want to participate in the academic writing course, please tell me how to pass the writing exam in the British council.
I am in Upper intermediate 3.
thank you

Hello shaimaa elsayed

We're happy that you'd like to use our resources and there are loads of useful resources for improving your academic writing in this section, as well as some others in our Writing skills section, particularly at the B2 and C1 levels.

For British Council courses, please see our Courses section.

Good luck!

All the best


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How can i improve my writing skills..

Hi prince13,

We have some general advice on how to improve your writing on our Frequently asked questions page. Please have a look there and then if you have any other questions, please let us know.

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please guide me about this part, I got confused.
How we can evaluate our writing skill in this site?