Academic English

Advanced Academic English Practice Online (British)

Advanced Academic English

ISBN 9780230740723


This is an Advanced English for Academic Purposes course. It corresponds to CEFR Level C1. You will find a collection of grammar exercises, listening and vocabulary activities, sample essays, web projects and grammar reference units. There are 12 units to this course, focusing on cultural and academic aspects, study skills development and grammar.

Why choose this course?

It will help you...

  • develop the academic skills to succeed within a university environment
  • communicate ideas effectively in tutorials, seminars and lectures
  • integrate language learning with academic and cultural development 
  • practise key listening, reading and writing skills
  • prepare for university life in the UK and US

Key features

  • targets skills development for academic writing, reading, listening and speaking
  • specially designed web projects integrate language learning with real-life student activity
  • includes 100 resources that guide students on cultural and academic aspects of university life 
  • can be used independently or to accompany any EAP coursebook
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Syllabus details

  1. Universities worldwide
    1. Universities around the world
    2. Choosing a university
  2. Courses and grades
    1. Comparing courses
    2. Which course is for me?
    3. Can I make the grade?
  3. Read efficiently
    1. Understanding the internet
    2. Animal testing on trial
    3. Teaching speaking skills to teenagers
    4. The causes of crime
  4. Listen effectively
    1. The English Civil War
    2. Comedy in culture
    3. Innovations in sustainable energy
  5. Make your point
    1. Are young people too selfish to have children?
    2. Declining birth rates
    3. Is globalization working?
  6. Take a look at nouns and articles
    1. Nominalization/nouns in academic writing
    2. Umbrella nouns in academic writing
    3. Articles in academic writing
  7. Take a look at noun phrases
    1. Noun phrases in academic writing
    2. Nouns and adjectives in academic writing
    3. Noun-verb agreement in academic writing
  8. Get organized!
    1. Do lectures work?: planning a discursive essay
    2. The changing family: planning a cause and effect essay
    3. Comparing work cultures: a compare-and-contrast essay
  9. The people on campus
    1. Who's who?
    2. Asking for help and support
    3. Globalization and economic inequality
    4. Speaking to staff and students
  10. Campus facilities
    1. On the campus
    2. Support networks on campus
  11. Work out meaning
    1. Music and personality
    2. Computers and e-learning
    3. Health effects of banning smoking
    4. Eliminating plastic bags
  12. Pay attention to key words
    1. States of consciousness
    2. Corporate social responsibility
    3. Can money buy you happiness?
    4. Interactive advertising
  13. Give a good presentation
    1. Giving effective presentations in seminars
    2. A picture tells a thousand words
  14. Take a look at verbs
    1. Formal verbs in academic writing
    2. Modal verbs in academic writing
    3. Passive verbs in academic writing
  15. Take a look at particles and prepositions
    1. Phrasal verbs in academic writing
    2. Prepositions following verbs in academic writing
    3. Prepositional phrases in academic writing
  16. Enrich your writing
    1. Can you define that?
    2. A theatre review: presenting evidence
    3. What is culture?: giving explanations
    4. The credit boom: evaluation in academic writing
    5. Global migration: structuring an essay
  17. Somewhere to live
    1. Close to the library or near to the nightlife?
    2. Bills included?
  18. Student experiences
    1. What's it like at university?
    2. Which side of the Atlantic?
    3. A little free time
  19. Find hints in words and identify facts and opinions in texts
    1. Word formation in academic texts
    2. Affixes in academic writing
    3. From the bottle or the tap?
    4. Wind turbines: green energy without a cost?
  20. Recognize fast speech and lecturers' opinions
    1. The economics of poverty
    2. Think sideways
    3. Trade v aid
    4. Statistics in the media
  21. Be polite!
    1. The United Nations
    2. Agreeing to disagree
  22. Take a look at reported speech
    1. Reported speech in academic writing
    2. Reporting verbs in academic writing
    3. Higher education in the United States today
  23. Take a look at conjunctions, adverbs and time words
    1. Conjunctions in academic writing
    2. Adverbs in academic writing
    3. Time words in academic writing
  24. Do it right!
    1. Punctuation in academic writing
    2. Individual learning styles
    3. Obesity in western children
    4. Bottled water: a critical review
  25. Get the most out of lectures
    1. Top tips for learning from lectures
    2. Why waste time in lectures?
    3. Why go to lectures?
    4. Learning from lectures
  26. Be effective in seminars
    1. How to be effective in seminars
    2. Paternalism and government
    3. Forms of government
    4. Using the library catalogue
  27. Master words
    1. The language of academic texts
    2. London today
  28. Take note!
    1. Young British Artists
    2. Sleep and dreaming
    3. Website design
  29. Do's and don'ts in academic writing
    1. The technological revolution in education
    2. Alternative medicine today
    3. Language change: avoiding plagiarism
    4. Population movement: using quotations
    5. Genre: using paraphrase
  30. Take a look at nouns and determiners
    1. Countable and uncountable nouns in academic writing
    2. Determiners in academic writing
  31. Take a look at clauses
    1. Relative clauses in academic writing
    2. Gerund clauses in academic writing
  32. Write summaries and describe graphs
    1. Inspecting the cargo: writing a summary
    2. Describing visual information