- Access UK
is excellent software for students coming to the UK. It's
free to YSJ students. Click the link, then enter your YSJ
login details. You may need to click "Self-enrol".
- Prepare for
Success This website explores all aspects of studying in
the UK. It covers some aspects of academic English, but
is also more general. It's full of good advice about living
and studying in the UK generally. It includes videos of
students talking about themselves and giving
for Success Click the link, then click "Academic
- You can come to free Academic
English workshops at YSJ
Help with academic language
- Lewis, M. and Reinders, H. (2003)
Study Skills for Speakers of English as a Second
Language London; New York: Routledge.
- Cottrell, S (1999, 2003, 2008)
The Study Skills Handbook (Third
Edition). London; New York: Routledge.
- Bailey, S. (2006, 2011) Academic Writing: A
Handbook for International Students (Third
Edition). London; New York: Routledge. This book
is an excellent guide for academic writing and well worth owning if
your English is at IELTS level 6.0/6.5 or higher. We have a
copy of the second edition in the University Library
here for a link - and you can also buy it online, of
course. There are copies of the first edition available
page, for example.
- Peck, J. and Coyle, C. (2005) The Student's Guide
to Writing. Basingstoke, Palgrave (Macmillan) Study
Guides. This is an excellent book. Although it's
written for native-speaker students, it is very clear and useful
for International students. Again, we have copies in the
University Library – click here for
Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary with CD-ROM Click
"see inside" and choose Presentation. Look at the
iWriter (on the CD) - very helpful.
Written by Charlie Martineau