Monthly Archives: March 2014

Short stories

Excellent reading practice, great for building vocabulary, seeing real English in context and hopefully fun, interesting and maybe inspirational! Before you start reading, make sure you’ve got a good dictionary ready to help out with new or forgotten words. For … Continue reading

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Hot English – free lessons for you

Hot English is an online magazine produced by a company based in Spain. It’s aimed at young(er) learners who want to improve their general English. Something you might like to do is subscribe to their monthly newsletter. It’s free, and … Continue reading

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Listen to local radio

An easy way to improve your English is to listen to the radio. Intensive listening: to news items or interviews you can rewind and replay until you have understood the whole item. Immersive listening: have the radio on in the … Continue reading

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Do you love Garth Brooks?

If you love country music, you have probably heard of Garth Brooks… “Garth Brooks is the most commercially successful artist in country music history and a man who changed the Nashville sound as much as any who came before or … Continue reading

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The biggest, the best… Practising comparatives!

Did you know that…. Immersing yourself in superlatives and comparatives is the best way to practise them! More Guinness is drunk on March 17th than on any other day – find out why! The largest galaxies have around 400 billion … Continue reading

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How to read an Abstract

When you’re collecting journal articles to read for your Literature Review, you haven’t got time to read each article in full, so being able to read the abstract effectively is a vital skill. Something that might help you get to … Continue reading

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Test your vocabulary

Sunday* is a good time to test your vocabulary. So, here are some tests you might find helpful. After you’ve taken a test, make sure you have a record of some words you don’t know so you can find out … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day

First of all, practise your English here, on the topic of International Women’s Day: listening comprehension reading comprehension Next, improve your reading with some authentic texts: – Find out more about International Women’s Day here. – Why do we need … Continue reading

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Writing your research question

If you’re writing a Master’s dissertation this year, one of your first steps is to decide on, and write, your research question, or questions. Essentially this is the question you are going to attempt to answer in your dissertation. So, … Continue reading

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Listening practice: podcasts!

A good way to practise your listening is to subscribe to one (or more!) podcasts. Choose a podcast on a topic you are interested in, and listen to it! Listen more than once, collect new words and practise your pronunciation. … Continue reading

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