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Academic Speaking Tests

Academic Speaking Tests

Academic Speaking TestsWhat are academic speaking tests?Academic speaking tests are similar to the Cambridge B2 First (FCE) speaking exam but follow a university-based narrative. These tests (or lessons) are designed for lower-level students (A2, B1, B2 level) to...

Academic English Tests

Academic English Tests

Academic English TestsWhat are academic English Tests?Each test includes an academic reading, summary writing, lecture listening and seminar speaking. All texts are written and created by us and we dedicate a considerable amount of time in researching, creating,...

Noun Phrases

Noun Phrases

Noun Phrases What are noun phrases? Noun phrases (grouping together a collection of words to act as one noun) are one of the keystones of academic writing. Noun phrase is making the meaning of a noun more precise from the words immediately before (pre-modifying words)...

BBC 6 Minute English Worksheets

BBC 6 Minute English Worksheets

LISTENING  / BBC English / TED Talks / TED Tests / 6 minute TED Tests /  AEUK Listening Tests /  Listening Worksheets / Mini Lectures / Lectures / Pronunciation /NEW BBC Listening Worksheets: BBC 6 Minute EnglishBBC Listening worksheets for lower-level students *****...

How to nominalise in academic writing

How to nominalise in academic writing

Nominalisation - how to nominalise in academic writing.What is nominalisation? Nominalisation is the process of changing verbs or adjectives to nouns. Why use nominalisation? The nominalisation grammatical process develops complex grammar noun-phrase structures....

New TED Talks Listening Worksheets

New TED Talks Listening Worksheets

10 NEW TED Talks Listening Worksheets10 new TED Talks listening worksheets based on recent TED Talks. The worksheets are a range of comprehension questions designed to help students develop lecture and note-taking listening skills. The listenings range in length from...

Listening Note-Taking

Listening Note-Taking

Listening Note-Taking Methods 1What are listening note-taking methods? The Curve of Forgetting graph (originally called The Ebbinghuas Curve) proposes we forget new information rapidly. If you take a lecture for example, many students think that because they...

Academic Summary

Academic Summary

 Academic Summary SkillsWhat is a summary?A summary is a synthesis of the main points of an article written in your own words. It is a combination of selecting the relevant information and condensing it so that it is no more than a third of the length of the original...

Improve your paraphrasing skills

Improve your paraphrasing skills

Improve your paraphrasing skills Paraphrasing is using your own words to express someone else's message or ideas. In a paraphrase, the ideas and meaning of the original source must be maintained; the main ideas need to be expressed, but the wording has to be your...

How to improve your English listening skills

How to improve your English listening skills

English Listening Skills Listening is the most difficult skill to improve quickly, so it needs lots of practice. Using listening test sites provides a purpose for listening and aids motivation. Listening tests improve your listening skills as they help you check your...

2021 Achievements

2021 Achievements

2021 Achievements What we achieved in 2021 We're always working hard at AEUK to produce new lessons and classroom resources. It takes time because once we create a resource we always test it on our students so that we know it works effectively and more importantly to...

Academic Grammar

Academic Grammar

Academic Grammar  What are the most common tenses in academic English? According to corpus research, in academic writing, the four tenses used the most often are present simple, past simple, present perfect simple and future simple (will) (Biber et al., 1999; Caplan,...

Description, analysis and evaluation

Description, analysis and evaluation

Description, analysis & evaluation  A basic definition of all three terms: Description: To give a clear and detailed picture of something. Analysis: To make a methodical and detailed examination. Evaluation: To make judgements about the value of information.  Why...

Listening note-taking methods 2

Listening note-taking methods 2

Listening Note-Taking Methods 2What are listening note-taking methods? The Curve of Forgetting (originally called The Ebbinghuas Curve) proposes we forget new information rapidly. If you take a lecture for example, many students think that because they understand the...

File sharing

File sharing

Shared DrivesDownload all our videos and MP3s We use OneDrive & Dropbox file sharing applications to share all our videos and listenings. If you are in a country where you cannot access YouTube or Google-based websites, this is your solution. These apps provide...

Academic Synthesis

Academic Synthesis

Academic Synthesis What is synthesis? Synthesis is a key feature of analytical academic writing. It is the skill of being able to combine a number of sources in a clause, paragraph or text to either support an argument or refute it. We also synthesise sources to be...

Exemplification

Exemplification

WRITING / ExamplesAcademic Exemplification What is exemplification? Exemplification means to provide readers with examples that illustrate a larger point. Exemplification writing uses specific, vivid examples for the purpose of adding more information to explain,...

Academic Definitions

Academic Definitions

WRITING / DefinitionsAcademic Definitions What are definitions? Definitions are statements explaining the meaning of a word or phrase. Definitions show that you understand key terms and ensure that there is no misunderstanding with your audience. Definitions are...

New PDF to Word Terms and Conditions

New PDF to Word Terms and Conditions

New PDF to Word Terms and Conditions What's this about?Many of us are still teaching online and Word documents are far more practical to use online than PDFs. Therefore, we've changed our terms and conditions to provide permission for our PDF documents to be converted...

Instant Academic English Lessons

Instant Academic English Lessons

Instant Academic English  LessonsWhat is an 'instant lesson'? Instant lessons are for the busy EAP teacher to pick up and go. They are designed around a specific topic and include all key skills. Time: 1-2 hours of content (activities can be extended or shortened...

Referencing Skills

Referencing Skills

WRITING / Reference Verbs / Reference List / Referencing  In-Text ReferencingTerms & Conditions of UseWhen you use information from a text, you have to acknowledge it / state who said it.   Why? It’s not your idea, so you must give credit to the writer of the...

Reference Generators

Reference Generators

How to use www.citethisforme.comWhat is a 'reference generator'? A reference generator or citation tool is a digital application that creates reference lists and in-text citations in all referencing systems.Reference Generator Video How to use www.citethisforme.com -...

Reading Strategies

Reading Strategies

READING / reading strategiesAcademic Reading Strategies What are reading strategies? In order to read effectively, different reading techniques are necessary for different purposes and texts. Therefore, it is important for students to have a range skills to be able to...

Verb Patterns Blog

Verb Patterns Blog

GRAMMAR / Verb PatternsAcademic Verb PatternsTerms & Conditions of Use What are verb patterns? A verb pattern is when one verb follows another in a single clause. The former verb dictates how the latter verb will be used. There are five main verb patterns in...

Academic Word List

Academic Word List

SKILLS / Writing /  Grammar / VocabularyAcademic VocabularyTerms & Conditions of Use  AWL Worksheets / LessonsThe AWL AWL-The List AWL-synonyms AWL-Word Forms AWL-Cut Up AWL-exercises  AWL Word Games AWL-verbs to nouns AWL-nouns to adj. AWL-word+prep....

Academic countable & uncountable nouns

Academic countable & uncountable nouns

GRAMMAR / Un/countable nouns Academic Countable & uncountable nounsTerms & Conditions of Use What are countable and uncountable nouns? Countable (or count) nouns refer to something that can be counted, such as equations or people. They have a singular and...

Academic Conditionals

Academic Conditionals

GRAMMAR / Conditionals Academic ConditionalsTerms & Conditions of Use What are conditionals / if clauses? Conditionals are used to describe the result of a real or hypothetical condition. There are four main types of conditionals in English. Each is used to...

Academic Modal Verbs

Academic Modal Verbs

GRAMMAR / Modal Verbs Academic Modal VerbsTerms & Conditions of Use What are modal verbs? Modal verbs are used to express a certain attitude or perspective. They are classified as auxiliary verbs so they have no infinitive form, no gerund form, no past participle...

COVID-19

COVID-19

COVID-19 Pandemic Lessons Understanding COVID-19Terms & Conditions of UseWhat is this COVID-19 lesson about? This ‘COVID-19’ lesson book includes 6-10 hours of content: Exploring COVID-19 through Internet research. Scientific research: what is the COVID-19 genome?...

Teaching English online

Teaching English online

If you are an English tutor, you’re probably teaching English online at the moment. This blog offers some handy tips & tricks based around using video-conferencing software and document sharing apps.Technical Specifications So, let’s begin with the specs. There...

2020 Achievements

2020 Achievements

 NEW Resources for 2020New lessons for 2020 This is everything we produced in 2020Academic Vocabulary  Introduction to the AWL using synonyms: sublist 1- 4 (new for 2020) This is a great lesson to introduce the Academic Word List (AWL). It begins with a small...

Grammar Workshop

Grammar Workshop

SKILLS / Writing / Vocabulary / Grammar Grammar WorkshopTerms & Conditions of UseThis webpage is a selection of grammar videos and free downloadable PDF exercises. It is mainly focused on general English grammar but is still important in building good grammar...

Marking Criteria

Marking Criteria

Academic Marking CriteriaMarking criteria Marking criteria are the standards of judgement for assignments. Marking criteria are often divided into sections with explicit definitions of the quality expected for different levels of judgement. Students It is important...

Academic Style Blog

Academic Style Blog

WRITING / Academic style Academic Writing Style - key points Academic style is the conventions often associated with academic writing. Although there is much debate over what exactly academic style is, generally there is an agreement among most Academic English tutors...

The Reflective Student

The Reflective Student

Reflection on Study and Goal Setting Terms & Conditions of UseWhat's this lesson about? This is a seminar lesson to reflect on studying. It asks students to look at and examine the way they study and to identify possible areas that could be improved. It includes...

Hedging Cautious Language

Hedging Cautious Language

WRITING / Hedging / Caution phrases   Hedging / Caution Phrases Terms & Conditions of UseHedging 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...

Text Exploitation

Text Exploitation

How students can exploit a text to support their learning Terms & Conditions of UseHow to exploit a text  Lead in What reading strategies have you learnt so far? How else could you use a text to support your learning? Where could you find an academic text that you...

Academic Sentence Structure

Academic Sentence Structure

WRITING / sentence structureSentence StructureTerms & Conditions of UseThis page includes a range of lesson / worksheets on sentence structure.Sentence Structure 1 Aim: To support students in their understanding and practice of the four types of sentence...

Turnitin Quickmarks

Turnitin Quickmarks

QUICKMARKS for Academic English Teachers Terms & Conditions of UseWhat are QuickMarks?.  QuickMarks are a set of commonly used marking terms that can be used to help mark assignments. •Turnitin provides a few default marking sets (e.g. Commonly used, Formatting or...

Academic Reading Tests

Academic Reading Tests

RESOURCES: Reading / Writing / Listening / Speaking / Argument / SPSE / Reading Tests / Summary / Dictogloss / Grammar / Vocabulary / Critical Thinking / Instant Lessons / New 2022 /AEUK Academic Reading TestsAEUK academic reading tests have been specifically written...

Topic Sentence

Topic Sentence

 The Topic Sentence Terms & Conditions of UseTopic Sentence or Paragraph Leader    •   It is usually the first sentence which presents the main idea of your paragraph. •   It is often short, clear, simple and to the point. •   It is followed by explanations,...

Listening Tests 2020

Listening Tests 2020

New Listening Tests 2020 Terms & Conditions of UseWhat's this about? We're writing and creating our own listening lectures. These lectures are well-structured, include clear examples and development. They are designed to help students improve their lecture...

One-sided Argument Essays

One-sided Argument Essays

AEUK One-Sided Argument (persuasive) EssaysTerms & Conditions of UseArgument essays on a variety of topics. These essays use  block & point-by-point structure, they are 500-700 words long & they are divided into four paragraphs with clear counter arguments...

Happiness Lesson

Happiness Lesson

Academic Happiness Lesson Understanding HappinessTerms & Conditions of UseWhat is this lesson about? This ‘happiness’ lesson book includes 6-10 hours of content: Exploring the topic and linking personal experience. Creating and writing a definition. Analysing...

Summary Listening Tests

Summary Listening Tests

 Summary Listening Tests Terms & Conditions of UseNew lecture listening tests - gap-fill summary worksheets Academic English UK has created a new type of listening test. These tests provide authentic lecture listening practice using a Cornell style note-taking...

Paragraph Analysis

Paragraph Analysis

 Academic Paragraphing Terms & Conditions of UseBasic Paragraph Structure A basic paragraph should consist of four key parts. 1) Topic Sentence (sometimes called a paragraph leader). 2) Development (a detailed explanation of the topic. 3) Example (this can be...

Teaching online

Teaching online

The best 'free' video-conferencing software for 2020 This post was written by J.Greenwood (2020) With the Covid-19 pandemic currently impacting educational institutions across the globe, many teachers are being tasked with delivering classes online. This blog post...

Critical Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking Skills

WRITING / critical thinking  Critical Thinking SkillsTerms & Conditions of UseCritical Thinking Worksheets / LessonsIntroduction C.T Definition Introduction to C.T C.T Text Analysis C.T Fact over Opinion  C.T Perspective ImageLISTENING Bloom's Taxonomy Bloom's...

Introduction to Academic Word List

Introduction to Academic Word List

Introduction to the Academic Word List [AWL]Lesson A really nice lesson to introduce students to the Academic Word List. It is divided into four individual lessons so that teachers can focus on one sublist each week. Each lesson includes a synonym matching activity...

Academic Teacher Quizlet

Academic Teacher Quizlet

QUIZLET for Academic Teachers Terms & Conditions of UseWhat is Quizlet? Quizlet is one of the biggest vocabulary and flashcard learning websites on the net. It has flashcards and vocabulary sets for a wide-range of subjects. At its most basic, Quizlet provides...

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