Category Archives: English for Academic Purposes

New Teaching Presentations Skills e-book

Like all my e-books for teachers, this new one has over 300 pages of photocopiable worksheets for just three quid, with a mix of polished up classics and totally new materials, and with detailed indexes and instructions to help find … Continue reading

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Collins Academic Skills: Presenting and Group Work review

Another MET one. This time the reviews editor added words that suggested I’d still recommend the Group Work title, which is a rather “generous” reading of what I wrote… Group Work by Graham Burton: ISBN 978 000 750714 6 Presenting by … Continue reading

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50 Steps to Improving your Academic Writing (Garnet) review

As usual, as published in Modern English Teacher magazine. And as usual, the published version probably seems at least more positive than I was in this original version… There is no lack of well-respected ESL academic writing books on the … Continue reading

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The most important and neglected kind of academic writing?

To my pleasant surprise, about 80% of my academic writing students last term chose “emailing to academic staff” as the most useful thing we covered in that course. The surprise comes from the fact that I’ve never seen it in … Continue reading

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English for Academic Purposes (EAP) pages expanded and reorganised

I’m spending most of my time teaching university classes at the moment, including academic writing, academic presentations and academic discussion skills, plus English for Specific Academic Purposes classes for design, economics and social science students. As with most of my … Continue reading

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New education vocabulary page

Particularly useful for listening in academic exams like IELTS and ToEFL, and also for Part One of speaking exams like FCE and CAE – but also for anyone who might ever need to explain their past, present or future education. … Continue reading

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Longer phrases games (TEFLtastic classics Part 12)

Updated version of this post with more worksheets and explanation here. In my endless quest to get students using higher level functional language, I invented this simple but popular game. Students match up beginnings and ends of useful phrases, then … Continue reading

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Teaching the Academic Word List (AWL)

New article on the topic here: How to teach the Academic Word List – LINK UPDATED One of my main tips in the article is to combine the vocab with phrases they will also need, as I’ve tried to do in … Continue reading

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New ELT articles and classroom handouts January 2012

Not a bad batch this month, though I say so myself… Articles Fun classroom activities for ordinal numbers – LINK FIXED Functional language for IELTS Speaking – LINK FIXED How to practise Used to Worksheets IELTS Speaking Clarifying language Cambridge First Certificate … Continue reading

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University applications in English worksheets

Only three so far, but apparently there is a lot of demand for this and not much out there so I thought I’d put a link to them now. Will also be adding others here as I do them. All … Continue reading

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