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 In on Mon, 22/02/2021 - 23:29

Depends on the topic. Some topics are hards to find and connect the ideas.

Submitted by Sara Kalafat on Sun, 07/02/2021 - 13:23

for me relayes the ideas and you have to read a lot of things about it which i mean being educated
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 12:42

Electricity or trees, which is eco-friendly?? Σ( °o°)

Submitted by opik on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 03:58

what does the trees word mean? sorry i don't get it

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

Submitted by opik on Wed, 03/02/2021 - 02:38

In reply to by Jonathan R

oohhh i see, wow thank you so much sir

Submitted by German on Sat, 30/01/2021 - 00:57

What I find difficult writing essays is to connect different ideas and thoughts about a topic

Submitted by Minh on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 13:56

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.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sun, 03/01/2021 - 04:51

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.

Submitted by fatfat on Thu, 24/12/2020 - 12:49

it is very hard to supply all of the instructions writing essays.