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 What are presessional teaching ideas?

Summer in the UK is often when presessional courses are held. Many UK universities run these courses for a duration of 12 / 10 / 6 weeks, and although most programmes  have their own syllabus and materials, many also include white spaces where tutors can teach areas according to their groups’ needs. Here at Academic English UK, we have put together lots of resources that can be used in these classes. 

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Introduction / Weeks 1 & 2

Classroom Questions

  

Classroom Questions: improving students’ interaction skills

This lesson is a basic worksheet for students to create common classroom questions. Examples include asking the teacher for an example, or  a synonym of a particular word. This lesson helps to build students’ confidence and classroom interaction skills. (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Language Review

  

Language Revision Worksheet: the Basics

This lesson is a basic worksheet to revise key meta-language used by teachers in the classroom. It’s a great lesson to do at the beginning of EAP course because it is helpful revision of key terms that students are expected to be aware of. The lesson focuses on parts of speech, nouns (countable/uncountable), verbs (participles), pronunciation (syllables/stress) and punctuation (example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Error Correction

 

Error correction code: practice & answers

Some EAP teachers use an error correction code when marking students’ work. This practice sheet help students identify the mistake & use the correction code to correct it. Webpage link. TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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  Error correction code 2: challenging error correction practice & answers

Teachers or students: This is a much harder worksheet of 12 sentences with 3 or 4 mistakes in each sentence. Students identify the mistake & try to correct it. Webpage  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Improve your vocabulary

 

Reading lesson: improve your vocabulary

A great reading lesson on how to improve your vocabulary. The lesson starts with a discussion followed by a reading text with test type questions. The lesson includes teacher’s notes, question sheet, reading text and research website links. Example. Words: 500.  Lower-levels ***** [B1/B2], TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Punctuation

 

 Punctuation

This lesson helps improve students’ awareness of punctuationIt includes a punctuation review section, lots of guided practice and freer paragraph writing practice. (see worksheet example) Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Academic English & Academic Style

What is Academic English?

 

Academic English: how is it different?

What is academic English? This lecture by Cambridge University Press discusses the key differences between Academic and General English. The listening worksheet has a variety of questions and is great introduction to understanding Academic English. Example  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Video [5:20]  / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Academic English Dictogloss (dictation)

 

Dictogloss: academic English

What is academic English? What is generally considered academic English in skills and language. Key language areas: phrases most people agree / academic English terminology. Level: ***** [C1] / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Academic Style lessons [1]

 

 Academic style: 20 key features to writing 

This lesson brainstorms academic style / formality in writing. Teacher conducts feedback by using visual highlighting & explaining the concepts. It includes 10 practice transformation exercises from informal to formal. It includes a PPT. PPT Link in download. (Example) Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link. /

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Academic Style lessons [2]

 

Academic style 2: paragraph analysis, comparison & discussion

This lesson compares two paragraphs on CSR (informal and formal), discusses the conventions of academic style & finishes with a sentence re-writing activity.. (Example) Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link.

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Academic Style lessons [3]
 

Academic Style 3: vocabulary (AWL & nominalisation)  [new 2021]

This lesson focuses on two key areas of academic writing: AWL and nominalisation. There are three worksheets comprising of a number of different activities to practice categorisation and reformulation at sentence and paragraph level. (Example) Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link.

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Vocabulary (Academic Word List)

The Academic Word List

 

A.W.L. –  Academic Word List download

This is a download of the Academic Word List in PDF format. It contains 570 non-subject specific words, divided into 10 sublists based on frequency (sublist 1 = most frequent). Overall, including all word forms = 3,000 words. Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Introduction to the Academic Word List

 Introduction to the AWL using synonyms: sublist 1- 4 

This is a great lesson to introduce the Academic Word List (AWL). It begins with a small explanation about the AWL. This is then followed with a focus activity on Sublist 1 by identifying possible synonyms – this helps students to become acquainted with the AWL. The final activity is a sentence gap fill sheet to consolidate understanding (two worksheets: difficult or easier).The PDF book includes 4 lessons for Sublist 1-4 and an animated PowerPoint.  Time: 30-60 mins per lesson / Example / PPT link in download  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Academic Word Formation

 Academic Word Formation: AWL sublist 1- 4 (updated 2020*)

This lesson is a word formation activity. Each table contains approximately 20 verbs and students need to add the corresponding nouns and adjectives. This then follows with a contextualised sentence gap fill using these words and a kinaesthetic activity. Good motivating activity encouraging students to use online dictionaries and help develop academic vocabulary.  Time: 30mins  Example  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Academic Word List - Cut Up Words

 

Academic Word List Lesson: sublist 1-10 

This lesson includes the 10 sublists of the Academic Word List put into tables to be cut up and used as a teaching tool. Give out one set of words to a group of 3/4 students and they take it in turns to explain their word using synonyms, explanation and definition. There are lots of other activities included too.  Level ***** [B1/B2] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Academic Word List Exercises x 4

 

Academic Word List Exercise x4

Four Academic Word List gap fill exercises. Great way to improve awareness of academic words and word formation Example. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Academic Word List Games [x4]

 

Academic Word game: verbs to nouns

100 high frequency words taken from the Academic Word List and put into grid. In groups of four, students guess the noun for each verb. The objective is to get as many four-in-in row as possible. This is a fun lesson to improve awareness of academic words and formality. Example. [webpage].  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Academic Word game: nouns to adjectives

100 high frequency words taken from the Academic Word List and put into grid. In groups of four, students guess the adjective for each noun. The objective is to get as many four-in-in row as possible. This is a fun lesson to improve awareness of academic words and formality. Example. [webpage]. Difficult Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Academic Word game: word + preposition

100 high frequency words taken from the Academic Word List and put into grid. In groups of four, students guess the corresponding preposition for each word. The objective is to get as many four-in-in row as possible. This is a fun lesson to improve awareness of academic words and formality. Example. [webpage]. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Academic Word game: word forms [n/v/adj]

100 high frequency words taken from the Academic Word List and put into grid. In groups of four, students guess the correct form (each word in the grid has an acronym of the word to be guessed). The objective is to get as many four-in-in row as possible. This is a fun lesson to improve awareness of academic words and formality. Example. [webpage]. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Vocabulary

Countable & Uncountable Nouns

 

 Countable and uncountable nouns (Academic English) [new 2021]

This lesson helps improve students’ awareness of countable & uncountable nounsIt includes a language review section, lots of guided practice and freer paragraph writing practice. (example) Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Cohesion and Coherence

 

Cohesion & Coherence

This worksheet helps to consolidate what  ‘cohesion’ is with a focus on pronouns, word forms and summary nouns. It also includes a coherence sheet on key connections and two practice activities [webpage]. Example  Level: ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Hedging / Caution Language [1] [2]

 

Hedging #1: cautious language exercises

This worksheet is for teachers or students. It provides an overview of hedging / cautious language and 8 exercises to practise using hedging language to demonstrate caution. (example)  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]. TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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 Hedging #2: cautious / tentative language [new 2020]

This lesson supports students in their understanding & use of cautious / tentative language.The lesson includes six tasks of guided practice & two tasks of freer practice (exampleTime: 60mins & homework.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Noun Phrases [1] [2]

  

Noun Phrases Worksheet 1

This lesson is a worksheet to highlight what noun phrases are and provides valuable practice. It focuses on the key concepts of quantifiers, adjectives and nouns, noun + noun, noun + preposition and noun phrase combinations (example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Noun Phrases Worksheet 2

This lesson is designed to help students write more concisely by using noun phrases. It takes students through a whole range of tasks including noticing the language in context, eight guided practice tasks and five freer practice activities. There’s a language review sheet included too. (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Parallelism

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Parallelism Worksheet: 8 exercises

This worksheet provides an explanation of the key concepts of ‘parallelism’ and provides an error correction exercise to practise the key concepts. An awareness of this writing element really helps establish unity and readability in sentence structure. Example. Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Nominalisation

 

Nominalisation (verbs to nouns)

An introduction to nominalisation. This worksheet shows the basics of nominalising, practices changing verbs to nouns and includes three exercises from guided through to freer practice. This is a good writing practice activity with a fair amount of challenge for all levels. Example.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Academic Grammar

Cause & Effect

 

 Causes, Effects & Related Language 

This lesson helps improve students’ awareness of cause and effect language. It includes a language review section, lots of guided practice and freer paragraph writing practice. (see worksheet exampleTime: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  

Comparatives & Superlatives

 

 Comparatives & Superlatives 

This lesson helps improve students’ awareness of compare and contrast language. It includes a language review section, lots of guided practice and freer paragraph writing practice. (see worksheet exampleTime: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Conditionals

 

 Conditionals 

This lesson helps improve students’ awareness of conditionalsIt includes a language review section, lots of guided practice and freer paragraph writing practice. (see worksheet exampleTime: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Impersonal Passive Struture

 

Academic Passive Structures & Nominalisation

An introduction to the impersonal passive structure ‘it is said that…’ , to infinitive passive form ‘ it is claimed to be…’. and how to nominalise verbs to nouns to show formality in writing. This worksheet provides key information and 10 writing questions (example). Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Modal Verbs

 

 Modal Auxiliary Verbs 

This lesson helps improve students’ awareness of modal verbsIt includes a language review section, lots of guided practice and freer paragraph writing practice. (see worksheet exampleTime: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Academic Grammar

Relative Clauses

 

 Defining & Non-Defining Relative Clauses 

This lesson is to support students in their understanding and use of defining & non-defining relative clauses.The lesson includes four tasks of guided practice and two tasks of freer practice (see worksheet exampleTime: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] / Webpage link. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Sentence Structure 1

 

 Sentence Structure 1: Simple, compound, complex & complex compound 

This lesson is to support students in their understanding and practice of the four types of sentence structures: simple, compound, complex and complex-compound. It includes noticing, guided and freer practice. (see worksheet exampleTime: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]. / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

 
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Sentence Structure 2

 Sentence Structure 2: Fragment, run-on & comma splice sentences 

This lesson helps improve students’ sentence structure through identifying and practising fragments, run-ons and comma splice sentences. It includes noticing, guided and freer practice. (see worksheet exampleTime: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]./ TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

 
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Tense Review

 

Tense Review (3 lessons: analysis, gap fill, speaking)

This is a great lesson to introduce / revise English Tenses. Lesson 1: students discuss a number of sentences & identify the tense & reason for use. Give out Tense handout (here) to consolidate. Lesson 2:  tense review gap fill. Lesson 3: speaking exercise with lots of questions using the tenses. Example   Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Verb Patterns

 

 Verb Patterns [new 2021]

This lesson helps improve students’ awareness of verb patterns (verb + infinitive, verb + to infinitive, verb + gerund, verb + that clause, verb + wh-clause) It includes a language review section, lots of guided practice and freer paragraph writing practice (example). Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Writing Skills

Essay Structure Lesson

 

One-sided Argument Essay: essay structure lesson

This lesson will help students’ ability to identify argument essay question words, to consider the different ways of structuring an essay (block or point-by-point) and to analyse two model essays for structure and language. Example.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Paragraphing [1] [2] [3]

 

Paragraph analysis: corporate social responsibility (CSR) 

This worksheet provides a step-by-step guide to the key components of a paragraph. It analyses a basic paragraph on corporate social responsibility (CSR) through structure, topic, cohesion, referencing and stance. It also includes a writing practice on globalisation. Example.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]

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Academic paragraph analysis: block or point-by-point 

This lesson helps students identify the key elements in paragraph writing. It focuses on two paragraph structures: block & point-by-point. Students analyse each paragraph for structure, controlling ideas & key terms, in-text referencing, cohesion & author’s stance. It also includes two writing practice exercises. Example.  Level: ***** [B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

 

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    Writing a paragraph – using quotes about smoking

Students are given a worksheet with nine quotes taken from The New Scientist, BBC News, The Economist, etc… and choose only three. They use these three quotes to write a paragraph trying to paraphrase the quotes and produce a cohesion piece of writing. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example/ TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Topic Sentences [1] [2]

 

Topic sentences 1: the basics

This lesson takes students through ‘noticing’ how a topic sentence links to development. It includes writing topic sentences from the content of  four paragraphs & writing a paragraph from a given topic sentence. (Example)  Time: 60mins    Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Topic sentences 2: academic

This lesson takes students through ‘noticing’ how a topic sentence links to development. This is followed by writing topic sentences from the content of four academic paragraphs & then writing a paragraph from a given topic sentence. (Example)  Time: 60mins    Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] 

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Introductions

 

Introductions: how to write an academic introduction

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It then focuses on highlighting those key sections in three model introductions with particular attention to the thesis (question / topics / stance). It finishes with writing an introduction. / Example / Website link Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] /

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Thesis Statements

 

Thesis Statements: How to write a thesis statement [updated 2021]

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It focuses on different writing structures using words like however, although, despite and then includes a writing task. Students write three thesis statements using the introduction models. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Conclusions

 

Conclusions: how to write a conclusion [New for 2020]

This is  a great lesson to introduce & practice writing conclusions. It begins with identifying key components of a conclusion, then offers valuable writing practice of summarising key points, restating a thesis & creating ideas for a future focus. It finishes with using an essay outline to write a conclusion. (Example)  Time:180mins    Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Research and Referencing Skills

Paraphrasing [1]

 

Paraphrasing Lesson 1 – how to paraphrase effectively!

 It starts by discussing the differences between quotation, paraphrase and summary. It takes students through the basics of identifying keywords, finding synonyms and then changing the grammatical structure. There is plenty of practice all with efficient teacher notes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Example / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Paraphrasing [2]

 

Paraphrasing Lesson 2 – improve your paraphrasing skills! 

This lesson helps students to improve their paraphrasing skills. The guided learning approach includes a text analysis activity where students identify the paraphrasing strategies, five sentence-level tasks to practise the strategies and two paragraph-level exercises to build on the previous tasks.. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Example / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Harvard Referencing [1] [2]

 

Referencing: Harvard Referencing Worksheet 1

Two part worksheet that is a paragraph and reference list.  Students have to put in the correct in-text reference. The second part is a reference list exercise where students have to put the sections in the correct order. A nice lesson to introduce students to referencing and becoming aware of key referencing principles.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Example  / Webpage link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Referencing: Harvard Referencing Worksheet 2

This lesson supports students in their understanding and use of Harvard referencing. It contains six worksheets: a discussion on referencing, a noticing activity, a reordering task, an error identification exercise, a sentence completion task, a gap-fill activity and a reference list task. Teacher’s notes and key are provided..  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Example  / Webpage link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

APA Referencing [1] [2]

 

Referencing: APA 7th Edition Referencing Worksheet 1 

Two part worksheet that is a paragraph and reference list. Students have to put in the correct in-text reference. The second part is a reference list exercise where students have to put the sections in the correct order. A nice lesson to introduce students to referencing and becoming aware of key referencing principles.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example  / Webpage link  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

 
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Referencing: APA 7th Edition Referencing Worksheet [new for 2021]

This lesson supports students in their understanding and use of APA referencing. It contains six worksheets: a discussion on referencing, a noticing activity, a reordering task, an error identification exercise, a sentence completion task, a gap-fill activity and a reference list task. Teacher’s notes and key are provided.Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example  / Webpage link  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Cite this for me

 

 How to use www.citethisforme.com [new 2021]

This lesson is an introduction to using the online reference generator: www.citethisforme.com. It begins by providing a step-by-step guide to using the application and its many functions. The lesson is a task-based activity where students use the reference generator to create bibliography citations. Worksheet example Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Evaluating Sources

 

The C.R.A.A.P Test: a guide to evaluating sources – UoSA

This University of South Australia video explains what the C.R.A.A.P Test is and how to use it to evaluate all types of information. This worksheet helps students to understand what is considered to be a ‘credible’ source and how to check this using an evaluation tool Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [03.17] / MP3TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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The Academic Journal Peer Review Process – NC State University

This NC State university video explains how an academic scholar submits a research paper to a journal publishing company and the full process the article goes through before it is published. This listening and worksheet helps students to understand what is considered to be a credible source and why. Example  Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [03.15]  / MP3 /TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Reading Skills

Reading Strategies [1]

 

 Reading Strategies 1

This lesson helps improve students’ awareness of the key reading strategies. It practises prediction, surveying, skimming, scanning, guessing unknown words, reading for detail and summarising. It includes a 480-word text. Worksheet example Time: 60mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Reading Strategies [2]

 

Reading Strategies 2 (leadership styles text)

Topic: Leadership & Management Styles.Use and practice a variety of reading strategies to understand how to read journal articles efficiently. 5-page worksheet on all reading strategies (scanning, skimming, genre analysis, reading for detail, summaries) & 8-page reading document. Level ***** [B2/C1] Example / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Text exploitation

 

 Text exploitation: how to exploit a text to facilitate learning  

This lesson / worksheet helps improve students’ independent learning skills. It includes 6 tasks (vocabulary, grammar, cohesion, summary, paraphrase & referencing) on how to use text to facilitate learning (see worksheet example) Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

 
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Reading Tests

Reading Tests AEUK

AEUK Reading Tests.

Academic texts with a variety of question types. Click here.

Reading to Writing Summary

Reading Summary AEUK

AEUK Reading to writing summary texts.

Identify the main points and write a summary. Click here.

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Listening Skills

Listening Note-taking Skills

 

Listening note-taking methods 1 

This lesson is an introduction to taking notes using a variety of methods. It begins by providing a guide to seven common methods. The lesson includes five 30-second listenings, two 2-minute listenings and one 8-minute lecture to practice using these methods. Example Time: 90-120mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] Video [08.50] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Active Listening Skills

 

 4 tips to improve active listening skills by A.Lyon [new 2021]

This lesson is an introduction to active listening. It focuses on four key improvements to become a better active listener. It includes a set of listening questions and an active listening speaking task (mirroring, paraphrasing, summarising and clarification). Example Time: 90-120mins.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] Video [05.33] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Summary Listening (Rich Countries)

 

Why some countries are poor and others are rich The School of Life

A really good lecture on the three key elements of why some countries are poor. It discusses how corruption of institutions, culture and geographical features all play a significant role in poverty. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [8.47]  / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Summary Listening (Globalisation)

Globalisation: economic, political, & cultural relationships by Edeos

This lecture discusses the key elements to the rise of globalisation. It focuses on the inter-connected relationships of politics, culture and the economy. It includes a lots of important vocabulary. The worksheet is based on note-taking followed by a gap-fill summary. (Example). Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [8.10] / MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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TED Talks with PPTs

 

Your Brain on Video GamesDaphne Bavelier 

TED TALK: This TED talk discusses how action-packed shooter games can be used as educational and rehabilitation tools. It provides clear examples of research and an analysis of the brain. Power Point. (Example). Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [17:51] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Speaking Skills

Speaking Cards

 

Seminar Speaking cards

This lesson has twelve seminar topics on a variety of topics. Put students into groups of four/five. Give out a card and students have 1 minute to plan what they will say. Students then discuss the question for 10 minutes [webpage]. Use the seminar assessment criteria here Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]

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Academic Integrity

  

Academic Integrity: discussion Lesson

This is a great speaking lesson on the values and principles of academic integrity. It begins with defining  ‘academic integrity’, followed by a kinaesthetic speaking activity on the key terms of academic misconduct and finishes with a yes/no questionnaire on professional proofreading (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] More information. TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Analysis and Evaluation

  

Speaking Tasks: analysis & evaluation

This lessons includes six speaking task cards (halls of residence, speaking English, greener university, plagiarism, congestion, homelessness). In small groups students discuss the situation, analyse the key issues/areas and evaluate which are the most effective (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]

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Seminar Listening Worksheets [1] [2] [3]

 

Seminar Listening Worksheet 1 [5 minute seminar]

This listening worksheet is four different nationalities discussing ‘American Values’. Students listen and take notes on what the different nationalities (Indian, Ethiopian, Japanese, American) say about American Values and then answer the question sheet. (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / Video (start 0:40 – 4:40) / MP3 TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Seminar Listening Worksheet 2  [3 minute seminar]

This listening worksheet is four teachers discussing whether it is better to learn English online or in a regular classroom. Each teacher provider an opinion and a justification for their choice (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2]  / Video (3.27) / MP3 TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Seminar Listening Worksheet 3  [5 minute seminar]

This listening worksheet is three teachers discussing their views on the TED Talk lecture: The Happy Planet Index by Nic Marks (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2]  / Video (5.00) / MP3 TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Speaking Criteria

 

Seminar Speaking Criteria x2

There is a basic seminar speaking criteria to assess seminar speaking skills which has four key criteria: Language accuracy, language range, pronunciation and communicative effectiveness. Also, another seminar criteria that includes ‘reference to materials’. Example / Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]

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Presentation Skills

Introduction to Presentations

 

Presentation Worksheet

 This lecture discusses the key ideas of giving an academic presentation including referencing, signposting, delivery and rehearsal.  2-page listening worksheet with answers. A great introduction to giving a presentation. Example. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Video [7:00] / MP3 /

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Improve you PPT Slides

 

Improve your Presentation PowerPoint Slides

These are PPT slides from the above video or go here. It’s a great way to explain how to present effective slides by using the correct fonts, focusing on key points and using animation to help audience engagement. The slides can be adapted to sort your style and method of teaching. Video [12:00]  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Presentation Feedback Form

 

Presentation Feedback Form

A teacher feedback form to access the students’ ability on key areas of delivery, presentation, slides, questions and extra comments. The form is in a word document so you can adapt it to meet your specific criteria.

 

  
Describing Graphs [1] [2]

 

Describing graphs: the basics

This lesson begins labelling the key features of a graph and naming different graph / chart types. It then provides a practice to see if students can describe a range of different lines (peak, plummet, etc..). This is followed by a fun activity where in pairs students describe and plot the lines on four graphsExample. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Describing graphs / presentation: analysis and evaluation (lesson below)

This lesson begins with describing basic graphs and suggesting what they could represent. It then provides the language necessary for describing, analysing and evaluating with a guided practice. This is followed by students researching and analysing graphs/charts/tables from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and giving a short presentation on their findings. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /

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Presentation Marking Criteria

 

Presentation Speaking Criteria

This is a basic criteria to assess & grade presentation speaking skills. It has three key criteria: Language accuracy & language range,  fluency & pronunciation, and  presentation & engagement.  Example / Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking Definition

 

Dictogloss: critical thinking

The basic history of critical thinking, the main words associated with it and its importance.Key Language: Verb + noun collocations / critical thinking terminologyLevel: ***** [C1]   TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

Introduction to Critical Thinking

  

Critical Thinking: an introduction – [lecture listening lesson] 

This lecture focuses on critical thinking at university. It includes a definition, alternative thinking styles, Bloom’s taxonomy and how to apply analysing and evaluation questions to reading and writing. It includes a video, test questions, tapescript and PPT (example).  Level ***** [B2/C1] / PPT link in download /  Video [10.00]  TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Critical Thinking Text Analysis

 

Critical thinking: reading text analysis 

A great lesson for developing and practising critical thinking skills. It is a 400-word text on ‘going to university’ with over 15 possible problems. Students use the higher level thinking skills of analysis and evaluation to examine, question and critique the textExample.  Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]

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Bloom's Taxonomy - Higher Order Thinking Skills

 

Bloom’s Taxonomy: higher-order thinking skills (new for 2020) LSU Centre for Academic Success

This short video provides a brief overview of Bloom’s taxonomy: classification of learning levels. It discusses each level but pays particular attention to the higher levels of analysing, evaluating and creating. It is a nice introduction to the theory of critical thinking. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [3.51]  / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Critical Thinking: fact over opinion

 

Critical Speaking8: questions most people get wrong! 

A great lesson for highlighting facts over opinions. This lesson asks students to discuss 8 questions based around a variety of topics. The lesson is based on research by Hans Rosling a UN advisor, professor of international health and medical physician, who argues many people have an over-dramatic world view that its not based on facts. The lesson includes factual data from the World Bank and UN to support all answers. Example.  Level: ***** [C1 – High level] TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Topic-based Lessons

Instant Lesson: Single Use Plastics

 

Instant lesson: single use plastics (SUPs) (new for 2021)

This instant lesson includes an introduction, a reading text (& comprehension questions), a 4-minute lecture listening (& comprehension questions), a speaking discussion (based on the two texts) and a paragraph writing exercise. Worksheet Example  Time: 1-2 hours.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [04.12] MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Instant Lesson: Mindfulness

 

Instant lesson: mental health (mindfulness-based cognitive therapy) (new for 2021)

This instant lesson includes an introduction, a reading text (& comprehension questions), a 4-minute lecture listening (& comprehension questions), a speaking discussion (based on the two texts) and a paragraph writing exercise. Worksheet Example  Time: 1-2 hours.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [03.48] MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Reading Strategies 2 (leadership styles text)

Topic: Leadership & Management Styles.Use and practice a variety of reading strategies to understand how to read journal articles efficiently. 5-page worksheet on all reading strategies (scanning, skimming, genre analysis, reading for detail, summaries) & 8-page reading document. Level ***** [B2/C1] Example / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

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Instant Lesson: FinTech

 

Instant lesson: fintech (new for 2021)

This instant lesson includes an introduction, a reading text (& comprehension questions), a 4-minute lecture listening (& comprehension questions), a speaking discussion (based on the two texts) and a paragraph writing exercise. Worksheet Example  Time: 1-2 hours.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Video [04.05] MP3 / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Topi-based Lesson: COVID 19

 

COVID-19 Pandemic PDF Book [new for 2021]

AMAZING VALUE – Five lessons in one book. Introduction (Internet research), reading test, summary writing, 1 x lecture listening & a seminar / Example / Webpage link / TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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Topic-based Lesson: Teamwork

 

Teamwork Lesson: [1x reading, 1x activity & 1x listening]

This lesson develops an understanding of teamwork. The lesson includes a discussion, a reading on creating a good team, a FUN ‘Marshmallow Challenge’ team-building activity and a short TED Talk lecture worksheet based on the findings of the activity. Example. Level: ***** [B2/C1/C2]  /  Video [06:44] /  PPT  More information.TEACHER MEMBERSHIP / INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

 

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