Category Archives: Reading

24 hours in a day

Often we wish there were more…. but there are only 24 hours in hour. Practise your reading by finding out why there are 24 hours in a day. Ask Scientific American and ABC Science. What does 24-7 mean? What does 24-7-365 … Continue reading

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Learning English is SO HARD!

Sometimes when you’re learning English, you probably get depressed and frustrated – you study so hard, but you just feel as if you aren’t improving. And sometimes the best thing to do when you feel like this is to give … Continue reading

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Making a research poster!

In your university and academic career, you will be asked to make a poster about your research. It’s a challenge to make a poster in your first language, and a bigger one in a second language! There is a lot … Continue reading

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Shakespeare!

April 23rd was Shakespeare’s birthday – and the day of his death – so why not have a go at understanding Shakespeare’s plays yourself? Romeo and Juliet might be the most famous of his stories – but do you also … Continue reading

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Be happy (and practise your English!)

First of all, learn the words to the Pharrell song, Happy, and sing it to your friends, family and study partners. Next, here is a list of things you must do to be happy. Do them! When you have finished … Continue reading

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For teachers of English….

… or curious learners! IATEFL happened last week, and if you weren’t able to go, perhaps you have watched some of the talks online here. If you weren’t there, you can see the twittersphere’s highlights at #harrogatehighlights Or have a … Continue reading

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April Fools’ Day!

Were you fooled today? First of all, find out about the history of April Fools’ Day. The Guardian newspaper collected April Fools, and scroll down to read about even more! Also see the BBC collection from today. Look out for … Continue reading

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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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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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