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.

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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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Submitted by ANOUAR on Tue, 30/11/2021 - 09:54

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I haven't written an essay since I was in high school, it's a fun thing to write an essay and express your idea on it.

Submitted by LamVanPhuong on Mon, 22/11/2021 - 14:55

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yeah, many things. when I have an essay I often don't know start from where sometimes I can't find any ideas for my essay and I feel stressed with that. especially, when I have an English essay I feel more and more worried because I don't have a lot of English words to write an essay so I always feel afraid of essays in English.

Submitted by azharbgskr on Fri, 19/11/2021 - 14:41

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Stringing up the words. I am bad at that. Just imagine you have some best ideas in your head, but you can't write them down into a good sentence.

Submitted by vuhoap on Mon, 01/11/2021 - 13:13

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I rarely write essays. When I was learning English, I used to write. I remember having a hard time following the structure of an essays, choosing the formal words for writing and developing it into a complete sentence, moreover between sentences using conjunctions. That's really hard.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Wed, 06/10/2021 - 05:44

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

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sun, 06/06/2021 - 14:22

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Once I learn how to write it, it's fine... :)

Submitted by tvkien on Sun, 06/06/2021 - 11:01

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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.

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Sun, 09/05/2021 - 13:14

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Whenever I write essays, I find difficult about articles and plurals. :-|

Submitted by karinaelizabeth on Fri, 07/05/2021 - 23:18

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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.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Tue, 13/04/2021 - 01:57

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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.

Submitted by MikhailZatopliaev on Tue, 13/04/2021 - 00:00

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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.

Submitted by Minh on Sat, 20/03/2021 - 19:31

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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,

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by vespinosa10 on Sat, 27/02/2021 - 18:33

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all because an essay is too difficult

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

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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

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

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Tue, 02/02/2021 - 12:42

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

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

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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,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

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

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oohhh i see, wow thank you so much sir

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

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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

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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

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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

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

Submitted by Minh on Tue, 22/12/2020 - 00:02

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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.

Submitted by Roya on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 09:06

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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

Submitted by mo-tarik on Wed, 02/12/2020 - 22:24

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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.

Submitted by DJ Singh on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 05:11

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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.

Submitted by Pola on Fri, 20/11/2020 - 15:25

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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.

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Sun, 25/10/2020 - 04:43

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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.

Submitted by Moon Wathan on Wed, 21/10/2020 - 13:01

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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.

Submitted by fariba on Sun, 18/10/2020 - 09:24

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it is difficult for me describe about things.

Submitted by Ugulhan on Sat, 17/10/2020 - 05:42

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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.

Submitted by habibao.medo on Sun, 04/10/2020 - 12:14

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i think the hardest thing is Organizing thoughts

Submitted by Gabrielaalfonzo on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 14:50

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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.

Submitted by elsiaraujo on Fri, 18/09/2020 - 17:12

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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

Submitted by GabrielaE on Fri, 18/09/2020 - 03:22

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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.

Submitted by Olieth28 on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 22:15

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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.

Submitted by Gabrielaks15 on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 20:54

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The test it was a little difficuld, but, it was funny. I always give my essays on time.

Submitted by jmelt on Thu, 17/09/2020 - 18:42

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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

Submitted by zozo on Fri, 11/09/2020 - 13:58

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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

Submitted by Rafaela1 on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 13:01

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For me, I find handwriting is not easy nowadays... :|

Submitted by SergeySSSS on Thu, 10/09/2020 - 08:15

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I am interested in the IELTS essay that structure coincides with university essays?

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,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Jeffthebetter on Wed, 02/09/2020 - 14:12

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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

Submitted by Rinaa on Thu, 13/08/2020 - 23:06

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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.

Submitted by MARIANO_HB on Thu, 13/08/2020 - 00:36

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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 agree with you and when you have a lot of knowledge about the topic you run the risk of the missing the point.

Submitted by Phan Bao Dung on Thu, 30/07/2020 - 19:46

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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.

Submitted by Min Htet Kaung on Tue, 28/07/2020 - 16:31

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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.