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Academic English

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  • 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 presentations. 
  • Prepare for Success  Click the link, then click "Academic culture"
  • You can come to free Academic English workshops at YSJ


Study skills


Help with academic language


Useful books

  • 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 – click here for a link - and you can also buy it online, of course.  There are copies of the first edition available at this 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 a link. 
  • Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary with CD-ROM  Click "see inside" and choose Presentation.  Look at the iWriter (on the CD) - very helpful. 




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