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Academic Listening Tests

Academic Listening Tests

 Argument Listenings: Listening Tests This blog provides a range of Academic Listening Tests based on TED Talks and includes a free download. The tests are designed to help students develop lecture and note-taking listening skills. The listenings range in length from...

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Two-sided Argument Essays

Two-sided Argument Essays

 Argument Essays: Structure / Lessons This blog discusses the elements of two-sided argument essays and includes a free download. It provides a variety of two-sided argument texts based on topical issues, an outline and answer section. These are four paragraph essay...

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Academic Word List

Academic Word List

 Academic Word List [AWL]  The Academic Word List or AWL contains 570 word families which were selected because they appear with great frequency in a broad range of academic texts. This list is widely used by English for Academic Purposes (EAP) tutors  throughout many...

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Pronunciation – the basics

Pronunciation – the basics

Speaking / Pronunciation  Pronunciation - the basics This blog introduces the basics of pronunciation. It highlights the importance of the phonemic chart and phonetic symbols in identifying correct sounds and helping to improve fluency. The blog includes a lesson on...

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Pronunciation – Chinese & Arabic Speakers

Pronunciation – Chinese & Arabic Speakers

Speaking / Pronunciation  Pronunciation - Chinese & Arabic Speakers Basic pronunciation [Chinese Speakers] /ð/ they / day – they will play badminton the day after tomorrow. /æ / man/men - a group of men were running after a man. /æ/ ran / run – I went for a run...

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UK tourist attractions blog

UK tourist attractions blog

Listening / UK Tourist Attractions   A guide to UK Tourist Attractions  Where to go and what to visit in the UK   There are numerous wonderful things to see and do in the UK. Here is my list of some the best places. These include natural areas, cities, tourist...

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Hedging Cautious Language

Hedging Cautious Language

WRITING / Hedging / Caution phrases   Hedging / Caution Phrases Hedging Language An important feature of academic writing is the concept of cautious language, often called "hedging" or "vague language". In other words, it is necessary to make decisions about your...

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Academic Style

Academic Style

Academic Style is... ... is the conventions often associated this academic writing. Although there is much debate over 'what is exactly academic style?', generally there is an agreement among 'most' Academic English tutors to the key elements that should or should not...

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passive grammar

passive grammar

Passive Grammar is... ...common in academic English because it helps to create formality, focuses on the object and develops an impersonal stance. This blog will look at impersonal passive structures (it is claimed / to + infinitive passive forms) and nominalisation...

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What is Academic English?

What is Academic English?

Academic English is... ...often considered relatively formal complex English that conveys ideas in a precise and objective manner. It is generally acknowledged to include the essential skills of literary analysis, the observance of reference systems, the synthesis of...

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