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Omar shares his experience

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Watch Omar explain how his experience of lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent learning differed from his expectations.

The way words are defined in a dictionary and what they mean in real life when spoken or written can be very different.

For example, the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary definition of ‘assignment’ is:

A piece of work or job that you are given to do: a written assignment
An assignment at a UK university could be a piece of written work that you are given to do. However, it could be almost any other kind of activity depending on your chosen course of study. For example, if you study business, your assignment might be to create your own start-up company and pitch it to investors. If you are studying engineering, you might have to create products using Lego and explain your models to industry experts.

Your task

Use Omar’s experience of lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent learning to add to your entries for these terms in your vocabulary log.
What new information about the terms has Omar given you? Write a comment about what you have found out and then read other posts from your peers to make sure you have noticed all the differences and similarities.


Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary (2018) ‘assignment’ [online] available from [24 May 2018]

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