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Improve your paraphrasing skills

Improve your paraphrasing skills

Improve your paraphrasing skills  How to improve your paraphrasing skills X 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...
Academic Definitions

Academic Definitions

WRITING / Definitions Academic Definitions Terms & Conditions of Use  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...
Referencing Skills

Referencing Skills

WRITING / Reference Verbs / Reference List / Referencing  In-Text Referencing Terms & Conditions of Use When 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.com What 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...
Verb Patterns Blog

Verb Patterns Blog

GRAMMAR / Verb Patterns Academic Verb Patterns Terms & 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 Modal Verbs

Academic Modal Verbs

GRAMMAR / Modal Verbs  Academic Modal Verbs Terms & 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...
COVID-19

COVID-19

COVID-19 Pandemic Lessons Understanding COVID-19 Terms & Conditions of Use What 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...
Grammar Workshop

Grammar Workshop

SKILLS / Writing / Vocabulary / Grammar Grammar Workshop Terms & Conditions of Use This 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 Criteria Terms & Conditions of Use Marking 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...
Academic Style Blog

Academic Style Blog

WRITING / Academic style Academic Writing Style – key points Terms & Conditions of Use Download the MP3 / Download this image – here Academic Style is… … the conventions often associated with academic writing. Although there is much debate...
Hedging Cautious Language

Hedging Cautious Language

WRITING / Hedging / Caution phrases   Hedging / Caution Phrases Terms & Conditions of Use Hedging Language An important feature of academic writing is the concept of cautious language, often called “hedging” or “vague language”. In other...
Text Exploitation

Text Exploitation

How students can exploit a text to support their learning Terms & Conditions of Use How 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...
Academic Sentence Structure

Academic Sentence Structure

WRITING / sentence structure Sentence Structure Terms & Conditions of Use This 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...
Academic Reading Tests

Academic Reading Tests

READING / Skills /  Summary / Reading Tests AEUK Academic Reading Tests Terms & Conditions of Use AEUK academic reading tests have been specifically written for international university students. The texts are based around academic journals and there are a variety...
Topic Sentence

Topic Sentence

 The Topic Sentence Terms & Conditions of Use Topic 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,...
One-sided Argument Essays

One-sided Argument Essays

AEUK One-Sided Argument (persuasive) Essays Terms & Conditions of Use Argument 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...
Happiness Lesson

Happiness Lesson

Academic Happiness Lesson Understanding Happiness Terms & Conditions of Use What 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...
Paragraph Analysis

Paragraph Analysis

 Academic Paragraphing Terms & Conditions of Use Basic 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...
SPSE Lessons

SPSE Lessons

READING / Reading Tests /  Summary / Reading Skills / SPSE  SPSE Essays – Situation / Problem / Solution / Evaluation Terms & Conditions of Use SPSE (situation, problem, solution, evaluation) essays are a common writing structure used at university. The aim...
The Gig Economy

The Gig Economy

 The Gig Economy – EAP Lessons Terms & Conditions of Use The Gig Economy This blog provides a number of lessons based on the Gig Economy. There is over 6-hours of lesson content here. It starts through a discussion of well-known Gig companies and students...
How to write an academic introduction

How to write an academic introduction

WRITING / Introduction  Academic Introduction Terms & Conditions of Use An introduction is the most important section of an essay. It informs the reader of the context and what is your stance on the subject. It is usually written after the main body and should...
Academic Dictogloss

Academic Dictogloss

LISTENING  /  Writing / Dictogloss  Dictogloss – Classroom Dictation Terms & Conditions of Use A dictogloss is a classroom dictation activity where learners are required to construct a short text (3 sentences) by listening and taking notes, which are then...
Two-sided Argument Essays

Two-sided Argument Essays

 Two-Sided Argument Essays: Structure / Lessons Terms & Conditions of Use 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...
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...