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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Hello khalid

This and the other pages in our Listening skills section provide you with exercises to help you test and better understand what you hear. This can include vocabulary and grammar sometimes, but if you want to focus on those, you might want to look at our Grammar and Vocabulary sections.

I'd also suggest that you make your own list of vocabulary and grammar that you find on the listening pages. After you listen, for example, you could read the transcript and choose 8-10 words or phrases that you didn't know before, or that you knew but would like to learn better. Write those down and review them several times a week until you've learned them.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by samabasil on Thu, 02/01/2020 - 12:00

it is difficult to me to writing an essays because i can't get references easily.

Submitted by daisydam on Mon, 30/12/2019 - 14:39

Help me about the meaning of " be kind to the trees" please

Hello daisydam,

'Be kind to the trees' is a way of reminding the listeners that printing things uses paper, which is made from trees. If the students send their work by email then it is less environmentally destructive than if they print out a paper copy.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by f.agadr on Fri, 08/11/2019 - 13:41

f.agadr Thank you Mr Kirk for explaning "the Tres".

Submitted by Maksmatt on Tue, 08/10/2019 - 09:54

The most important thing for me it`s to be in the right mood.

Submitted by ikmalzulkifli on Thu, 03/10/2019 - 07:11

Thank you for the question

Submitted by Fudhol on Tue, 03/09/2019 - 10:21

The difficult things in writing an essay are how to develop an idea and how to arrange a matching word.
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Submitted by Magedelabd on Sun, 25/08/2019 - 18:15

If I am writing an essay in English , so the most difficult thing is the vocabulary.