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Your advice to a friend

In this section, you are encouraged to share your ideas about being a successful student with your fellow learners and to practise using the new vocabulary and language features you …

Wrap of the week

Congratulations on finishing Week 2 of English for Academic Study. We hope you have enjoyed the course and found it useful. Over the last two weeks you have: explored the …

Do you have any questions?

What did you find most difficult this week? Is there anything you’re still unsure about? If you have any questions about anything we’ve covered this week, now is your opportunity …

Spoken definitions

In this video, Professor Sheena Gardner, professor of applied linguistics at Coventry University, defines some of the key aspects of university study, including different genres of writing and the differences …

Omar shares his experience

Watch Omar explain how his experience of lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent learning differed from his expectations. The way words are defined in a dictionary and what they mean in …

Do you have any questions?

What did you find most difficult this week? Is there anything you’re still unsure about? If you have any questions about anything we’ve covered this week, now is your opportunity …

Dictionaries in use

Watch Omar a Coventry University student, explain which type of dictionary he found the most useful. Your task While you are watching, try to note down the positives and negatives …

What did you miss?

Now that we have listened for gist and understand the main points from the video, it is important that we listen again and try to focus on the detail that …

Welcome

In this video, Mary Forbes, Director of Pre-sessional English at Coventry University, introduces you to this short course. This is the first course in Coventry University’s Pre-sessional English Online award. …

Success at university

In this video, key members of the leadership team at Coventry University discuss the characteristics of successful students. Watch the video for gist and focus on recording only the key …

More about collocates

Look at the differences between Farah’s and Omar’s emails. Farah Omar I will make a great experience you will have a great experience Will I have to work difficult You …

Sharing what you have learned

Now that you have defined some of the key terms and methods of teaching used in UK universities, it is time to think about how to share what you have …

Words that go together well

In this step we will learn more about collocates and how they can make your writing clearer and easier to understand. Words that go together well in English are called …

The structure of definitions

Now let’s look at the structure and grammar of definitions using another key term defined by Professor Gardner. Recording our definition Professor Gardner also gave us the following definition of …

Create your own definitions

Now it’s your turn to practise writing your own definitions. Read the following excerpts from Professor Gardner’s video and use the information in the video and the Macmillan Dictionary Online …