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    assignment vs homework

    How can we differentiate 'assignment' from 'homework'? Can we say in education an 'assignment' is done in the class or at home within a longer period of time (e.g. during a term) but 'homework' is done at home immediately after class?

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    Re: assignment vs homework

    Quote Originally Posted by tulipflower View Post
    How can we differentiate 'assignment' from 'homework'? Can we say in education an 'assignment' is done in the class or at home within a longer period of time (e.g. during a term) but 'homework' is done at home immediately after class?
    Homework is done after class, usually at home. You can call it a homework assignment. It might be due at the next class or sometime farther in the future.

    A school assignment can be an immediate in-class task or homework.

    More generally, an assignment is any task you've been ordered to do.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: assignment vs homework

    Timing does not establish a difference between "assignment" and "homework". Homework could be assigned to be completed over an indefinite period of time. Any differentiation with regard to timing should/could be stated when the activity is scheduled.

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    Re: assignment vs homework

    In my school days in England we only had homework. "Assigngments" were something mentioned on TV programmes imported from the USA.

    My understanding would be that "homework" is a generic term covering anything from revision to writing an essay. An "assignment" would have a specific deliverable".
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    Re: assignment vs homework

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    Timing does not establish a difference between "assignment" and "homework". Homework could be assigned to be completed over an indefinite period of time. Any differentiation with regard to timing should/could be stated when the activity is scheduled.
    Right. That's what I was trying to say.
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    Re: assignment vs homework

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    In my school days in England we only had homework. "Assigngments Assignments" were something mentioned on TV programmes imported from the USA.
    . . . that you watched while doing your homework!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Oct-2020 at 19:17. Reason: Fixed spelling error in quote
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    Re: assignment vs homework

    PS -

    Of course, homework assignment is redundant.
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    Re: assignment vs homework

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Of course, homework assignment is redundant.
    Not to me. What kind of assignment is it? It's an assignment to do homework. Here's an example of another kind: "My father got an assignment from his boss to write a quarterly report."
    Last edited by GoesStation; 01-Oct-2020 at 18:57. Reason: Add a missing word.
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    Re: assignment vs homework

    Quote Originally Posted by PeterCW View Post
    In my school days in England, we only had homework. "Assigngments Assignments" were something mentioned on TV programmes imported from the USA.

    My understanding would be that "homework" is a generic term covering anything from revision to writing an essay. An "assignment" would have a specific deliverable no quotation marks here.
    See my corrections above. I'm surprised the inbuilt spellchecker didn't underline "Assigngments" when you posted, giving you the opportunity to go back in and correct it.
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    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: assignment vs homework

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    See my corrections above. I'm surprised the inbuilt spellchecker didn't underline "Assigngments" when you posted, giving you the opportunity to go back in and correct it.
    Spleechecker?(sic) Well that didn't produce a warning, what spellchecker?
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