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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.

Transcript

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 j.hartshorn@lmu.ac.uk. 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

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

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

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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

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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.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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

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

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

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

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

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Thank you for the question

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

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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

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

Submitted by César Árraga on Sun, 28/07/2019 - 01:04

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I find difficult about writing essays, like capturing your ideas and thoughts, using the proper words to make the essay have that reflective and critical character that characterizes it, and that you want to express on a specific issue. Having that facility to explain, interpret and evaluate a particular topic by seeking that the reader can easily understand it.
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Submitted by Mostafa Taavoni on Thu, 18/07/2019 - 13:54

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For me, gathering information from scientific sources and writing in English are more difficult than other problems. Secondly, I have a lot of difficulty in learning new vocabulary. There are many synonyms with little differences and it takes a lot of time to learn them. I work 12 hours everyday and when I arrive home I don't have enough energy to practice all my English skills.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Fri, 07/06/2019 - 11:53

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I'm Italian and therefore, about writing essays in English, I find difficult to translate the way of expressing myself in a language much more simple as English.
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Wed, 05/06/2019 - 12:53

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Ahh.... By the time I hear his instruction, I would have been sleeping, cuz his tone of voice sounds like a cradle song...! Sorry, professor!

Submitted by Lexzy22 on Wed, 05/06/2019 - 09:09

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I need tutoring on writing academic essays.
Hello Lexzy22 There are several essays in our Writing skills section: - https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/upper-intermediate-b2-writing/opinion-essay - https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/advanced-c1-writing/essay-about-women-science - https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/advanced-c1-writing/opinion-essay We also have a section on writing academic English in general (https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/writing-purpose/writing-purpose). I hope you can find something useful on one or more of those pages! All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Rəşad Sultanov on Sat, 18/05/2019 - 15:33

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Be honest,to begin with,I am bad at English,i have been learning English for 8months,believe me,I put stern efforts into my English,but I am still bad . Subsequently,simultaneously I try to improve my all parts in English,so i need your help,pls how to advance your English,every part is the same ...Writing Essay is my major problem in English,due to the fact that sometimes I even can't understand the meaning of the topic,and it is really arduous to express my ideas about broad and difficult topics..And sometimes,I do not have lots of information about topics,even in my native language,i do not write in English ,nor do I write in my own one..It really undermines my all passion about learning this majestic language..Hope that I will be given advice ..Sincerely yours,Reshad from Azerbaijan..
Hello Reshad, Many people find it hard to see their progress when they are learning a language. However, if you have been learning for only 8 months then I think you are making impressive progress as your comment was clear and easy for me to understand. You might find it useful to take our online test to assess your level: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/content One you have done that, you can use our search too to find content at the right level and on the right topics or skills. The search tool is on the same page as the level test - just scroll down a little. ~ You might also take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page: https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/frequently-asked-questions On that page you'll find answers to many questions which many learners have, including how writing can be improved. Good luck! ~ Peter The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Khuyen on Mon, 06/05/2019 - 07:02

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i tried to understand “ the trees ” but i couldn’t . So what does it mean ? Tks a lot !
Hello Khuyen What the professor means is that sending him your essay by email is better for the environment than handing in your essay printed on paper. The idea is that paper is made from trees, and if people don't use paper, that means fewer trees will be cut down to make more paper. Does that make sense? All the best Kirk The LearnEnglish Team
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Submitted by Stanley Alvarez on Sat, 04/05/2019 - 04:10

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I found very difficult to coincide with other's ideas. For that, for me is very difficult to reference quotes from authors.
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Submitted by mtalebi on Thu, 02/05/2019 - 07:55

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We need to have a lot of public and specialized information to write a great essay.