IELTS and ACADEMIC ENGLISH

IELTS

An expert in the world of IELTS

Excellent articles on all IELTS skills
http://ieltsadvantage.com/ 

IELTS Buddy - this seems reliable  (from Esam)
http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/

A blog BY students, FOR students

READ: it helps with ESSAY IDEAS as well as VOCABULARY

Dominic Cole's advice on different essay question types (hint: read the question)

Academic vocabulary for IELTS
http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-vocabulary/

DC's essay vocabulary list - TO DOWNLOAD - plus other advice
http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-essays/vocabulary-a-list/

A Link to the Academic Word List (AWL) - TO DOWNLOAD - and advice how to use it
http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-vocabulary/awl-exercises/

Tips to learn vocabulary - including a link to Nottingham Uni site, where you can CHECK YOUR WRITING by uploading it to highlight words from the AWL
http://www.dcielts.com/ielts-vocabulary/learning-vocabulary-10-tips/


British Council IELTS pages

Cambridge - what to expect on exam day
Watch a general-interest programme for 'light relief' and to extend your vocabulary


And don't forget to review your grammar, if you have weaknesses. Your main class teacher should tell you what these are, but verb tenses and forming proper sentences are good places to start.

The main tenses in English 

It's not enough to know how to form the tenses - you need to know when to use them. This website gives good summaries of their use.


English for Academic Purposes

Improving accuracy in academic writing - very high level English
The accuracy section of this website has several interactive exercises
Listening to academic English
Interactive listening comprehension and note taking – gap fills – often key words

Manchester Phrasebank
Useful phrases you can copy and adapt for your own academic writing - just add your own ideas (content words). They are common phrases so you don’t need to worry about plagiarism...

Listening to academic English - BBC Learning English
A series of 12 programmes, which are useful listening practice in themselves, but which also contain good advice for prospective students

University of Reading lectures
Several academic lectures on different subjects with tasks (questions), answers (key) and transcripts - again good practice mixed with advice

More universities offering open courses
http://www.open.edu/openlearn/   Open University (UK) - famously clear and well-organised courses
http://www.extension.harvard.edu/open-learning-initiative  Harvard
http://oyc.yale.edu/  Yale
http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm  MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
https://www.coursera.org/    international universities online video courses

Google Scholar - search within academic works
http://scholar.google.co.uk/






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