Here you can find everything related to learning and revising different topics of English language and study skills. Some entries will be text, others video or audio recordings, that give you an overview of the language point. If an exercise is available as well to practice that point, you will find a link directly from the Learn post, or you can go straight to the Practice section first.
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Tips and ideas for learning effectively
Improving your listening skills
Learning from your mistakes
Expanding your vocabulary
Individual learning types and styles
Learning strategies and study skills for English language learners
Learn with online audiobooks
Learning by watching with subtitles
Writing an abstract: disambiguation and introduction
Academic writing is critical writing
Academic Writing: writing a literature review
Academic Writing as Storytelling
How to Express Your Personal Opinion
Creating textual cohesion
How I almost failed my bachelor’s thesis
Comparing: How to Describe Similarities
Contrasting: How to Describe Differences
Gender-inclusive Language in Academic Writing
Citing and referencing sources
Quoting and paraphrasing
Do’s and Don’ts of Direct Quoting
Academic Reading Skills
Tips and strategies for improving your skills in reading, especially with those demanding academic texts.
Effective reading: understanding texts
Critical reading: assessing reliability
Finding and identifying rhetorical devices in literature
Here you will find a number of video lessons and information about the phonetics, phonology and pronunciation of Standard American English.
Basic concepts of phonetics and pronunciation
Vowels are not absolute
Vowels 1: Front and Central
Vowels 2: Back vowels
Pronouncing consonants 1: basics
Pronouncing consonants 2: aspiration and other features
The many sides of the English ‘r’
Pronouncing consonants special: that pesky ‘th’
Pronouncing connected speech: liaison
Pronouncing connected speech: rhythm
Abstract is not only a school of creative arts. Many academics writing for publication are expected to submit their work with an abstract. Others are asked to submit an abstract before they start writing, perhaps…
Everyone loves watching television series and films. As a learner of a second language, you may even prefer to consume media in its original language, thereby alleviating some of the negative stigma that comes with…
After understanding the basics of the simplest English consonants, there are a few more things that determine how a speaker can sound more like a native speaker or at least comprehend some of the strange sounds native speakers make, especially when speaking quickly or colloquially, for example in television comedies. Some of those features are explained here.
A vowel differs from a consonant in that it has no obstruction or contact between different parts of the mouth or other speech ‘organs’ and it is always voiced. Still, vowels, like all phonemes, are pronounced using different parts of the mouth.