Academic English

Upper Intermediate Academic English with IELTS Practice Online

Upper Intermediate Academic English with IELTS

ISBN 9780230750920

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This is an Upper Intermediate English for Academic Purposes course. It corresponds to CEFR level B2. You will find a collection of reading and listening activities, sample essays, web projects, grammar reference units and IELTS exercises. There are 12 units to this course, focusing on cultural and academic aspects, grammar and exam practice.

Why choose this course?

It will help you...

  • contextualise academic English within a university environment
  • communicate ideas effectively in tutorials, seminars and lectures
  • build an effective learning strategy for the IELTS exam 
  • practise all listening, reading and writing areas tested in the exam
  • prepare for university life in the UK and US

Key features

  • focuses on university life, academic grammar and vocabulary and skills development
  • specially designed web projects integrate language learning with real-life student activity
  • covers all listening, reading and writing components of the IELTS exam 
  • complete with two IELTS practice papers
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Syllabus details

  1. Visit top universities
    1. Universities around the world
    2. Choosing a university
  2. Find out about courses
    1. Can I make the grade?
    2. Which course is for me?
    3. Comparing courses
  3. Use reading strategies
    1. Active reading
    2. Neuromarketing
    3. Visiting Papua New Guinea
    4. Earth hour
    5. Caring for the elderly
  4. Listen with a purpose
    1. Planet or asteroid?
    2. Tips for effective language learning
    3. Mahatma Gandhi
    4. The effects of climate change
    5. Schools in the UK
    6. Tsunamis
  5. Work out the meaning of words
    1. Impressionism
    2. The poetry of Emily Dickinson
    3. Review of Indiana Jones
    4. Entrepreneurs
  6. Take a look at future forms
    1. Future predictions and intentions in academic English
    2. Modal verbs for general possibility in academic English
  7. Study the elements of a good essay
    1. How microfinancing can help the world's poor
    2. What makes a successful language learner?
    3. The merits of 'local food'
    4. What is it all about?
    5. Bringing things to an end
  8. Get some IELTS reading and listening practice
    1. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 1: Business awards (Task 1)
    2. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 1: Business awards (Task 2)
    3. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 1: Business awards (Task 3)
    4. IELTS Listening Section 1: Making music (Task 1)
    5. IELTS Listening Section 1: Making music (Task 2)
    6. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 2: Houses of the future (Task 1)
    7. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 2: Houses of the future (Task 2)
    8. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 2: Houses of the future (Task 3)
  9. Get to know the people on campus
    1. Who's who?
    2. Asking for help and support
  10. Find your way around campus
    1. On the campus
    2. Support networks on campus
  11. Summarize it!
    1. The plastic problem
    2. Health and belief
    3. What is autism?
    4. The Old Vic Theatre
  12. Take note!
    1. A biography of Andy Warhol
    2. A great British leader
    3. The Northern Lights
    4. The National Health Service
  13. Make your point
    1. London Olympics 2012
    2. Eating green
    3. Standardized testing in primary school
    4. What is social responsibility?
  14. Convey the right message
    1. Comparing and contrasting in academic English
    2. Cause and effect in academic English
    3. Conditionals for logical results in academic English
    4. Purpose in academic English
  15. Study different types of essay
    1. The building booms in Dubai and Beijing
    2. Are computer games bad for you?
    3. Corn ethanol as alternative energy
    4. Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
  16. Get some more IELTS reading and listening practice
    1. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 3: Language myths (Task 1)
    2. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 3: Language myths (Task 2)
    3. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 3: Language myths (Task 3)
    4. IELTS Listening Section 2: What's on?
    5. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 1: Memory (Task 1)
    6. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 1: Memory (Task 2)
    7. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 1: Memory (Task 3)
  17. Find somewhere to live
    1. Close to the library or near to the nightlife?
    2. Bills included?
  18. Share student experiences
    1. What's it like at university?
    2. A little free time
    3. Which side of the Atlantic?
  19. Complete tables and diagrams
    1. Welcome talk
    2. The geology of Glencoe
    3. The 'Four Ps' of marketing
    4. Tutankhamen's tomb
    5. Evolution of management styles
    6. How vacuum cleaners work
    7. How toothpaste is manufactured
  20. Interpret statistics
    1. Greenhouse gas emissions
    2. Life expectancy by country
    3. Health statistics
  21. Identify opinions
    1. The energy of the future
    2. Pride and Prejudice
    3. A world of Scottish invention
    4. Complementary medicine
  22. Choose the right verb forms
    1. Present continuous in academic English
    2. Past simple and present perfect in academic English
    3. Passive verb forms in academic English
    4. Noun-verb agreement in academic English
    5. Verb + preposition + -ing form in academic English
  23. Describe and explain processes
    1. Drug-resistant bacteria
    2. How the Gold Rush changed San Francisco
    3. The history of NASA
    4. UK Border Agency
    5. Roman aqueducts
  24. Get some IELTS listening, reading and writing practice
    1. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 2: Interviews (Task 1)
    2. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 2: Interviews (Task 2)
    3. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 2: Interviews (Task 3)
    4. IELTS Listening Section 3: Business communication (Task 1)
    5. IELTS Listening Section 3: Business communication (Task 2)
    6. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 3: Sight and memory (Task 1)
    7. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 3: Sight and memory (Task 2)
    8. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 3: Sight and memory (Task 3)
    9. IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
  25. Use the appropriate register
    1. Speaking to staff and students
    2. Language on campus
  26. Do academic research
    1. The Google Generation
    2. In the news
    3. Cultural categories
  27. Pay attention to key words
    1. Ecotourism
    2. Principles for success in modern business
  28. Understand long descriptions
    1. Holidays with a conscience
    2. China's Terracotta Army
  29. Use appropriate language and punctuation
    1. The psychology of happiness
    2. Water found on Mars
    3. Bodies in the bog
    4. Get it write!
    5. On your mark
  30. Take a look at adverbs, quantifiers and clauses
    1. Position of adverbs in academic English
    2. Quantifiers in academic English
    3. Relative pronouns in academic English
    4. Participle clauses in academic English
  31. Take a look at reporting and references
    1. The development of telecommuting
    2. Ecotourism
  32. Get some more listening, reading and writing practice in IELTS
    1. IELTS Listening Section 4: Origins of the theatre (Task 1)
    2. IELTS Listening Section 4: Origins of the theatre (Task 2)
    3. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 1: Time (Task 1)
    4. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 1: Time (Task 2)
    5. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 2: Seabirds (Task 1)
    6. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 2: Seabirds (Task 2)
    7. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 2: Seabirds (Task 3)
    8. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 3: Blues music (Task 1)
    9. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 3: Blues music (Task 2)
    10. IELTS Academic Reading Passage 3: Blues music (Task 3)
    11. IELTS Academic Writing Task 2