In order to meet the pressing problem of training first year students to write competent science reports, a course in Report Writing has been integrated into the undergraduate practical laboratories of a physics unit. This course uses a functional approach and was designed by language specialists to meet the requirements of the Physics department. At the commencement of the course less than 50% of the students were able to demonstrate a desirable level of competency; this figure rose to 80% by the end of the course. The surveys showed that the overall laboratory course was outstandingly popular with both the students and the staff who administered the course. Much of this popularity has been attributed to the clear, effective and simple marking procedures used for assessment.