Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones

Teaching international learners for over 15 years, helping hundreds of students progress to university study in the UK. Passionate online learning advocate bringing the classroom to your browser.

Location Coventry


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  • @WallyBarkat have you tried downloading the video using the link below the player on the right hand side?

  • Hi Yessica, please try and practise using English on this course to help you improve.

  • Please try to practise using English throughout this course to get the most from it.

  • Hi @JiahsinLiu, We provide lots of courses online. You can see all of the courses Coventry University offer here:

  • Good question @drIUliaLuca. Universities in the UK really try to help their graduates get a job in their specific field after they have finished studying. A lot of universities offer students the chance to do placements with companies whilst they study so that they can gain experience and Coventry University even designs a lot of its courses with employers so...

  • Hi @RobertoCattolico the best way to learn collocations is to notice how successful writers and speakers use words together and try to emulate them. However, to get you started, here is a list of the most common academic collocations from Pearson: :)

  • Hi @ElizavetaKrupoderova it is definitely possible to know how every word is pronounced, you can use the dictionary, the audio examples and the phonemic transcript.

  • Hi @shimaamakram you can use a dictionary to find out which syllable of a word should be stressed but you cannot use a dictionary to understand which word in a sentence should be stressed. To identify which words in your sentence should be stressed you have to think about which words are the most important words to show your meaning. Usually we stress nouns,...

  • Hi @GeorgeAnfloOris an infinitive verb is the present tense of a verb. You can think about 1. Present tense 2. Past tense 3. Past participle e.g. 1. Eat 2. Ate 3. Eaten. Collocation means words that go together well. Some words are used together a lot, so they sound 'natural' when we hear them. Other words make sense when they are used together but they are...

  • Hello everyone, if you would like to share your vocabulary log with other students on this course you should:
    1. Download the 'Vocabulary Log Blank Template' from the downloads section above.
    2. Complete the vocabulary log with some examples you would like to share.
    3. Upload your completed vocabulary log document to a cloud drive like OneDrive, Dropbox or...

  • Hi @SalestinMary you should watch last weeks video, I covered how to create a simple vocabulary log in that. Hope it helps :)

  • I ❤ excel!

  • @DiegoAndresCastaño it just means that those words go together with 'accurate' and are commonly used together. Some words do not go well together and are not used very often so they can make your speaking or writing difficult to understand.

  • @DhiFadil try to look at the example from @Miryam C below to see if that helps you

  • Critic ˈkrɪtɪk
    Critical ˈkrɪtɪkəl
    Critically ˈkrɪtɪkəli
    Criticality ˈkrɪtɪkælɪtiː

  • reflection rɪˈflɛkʃən (f)
    lecture ˈlɛkʧə (l)
    genre ˈ(d)ʒɑːŋrə (g)
    independence ˌɪndɪˈpɛndəns (p)
    autonomous ɔːˈtɒnəməs (t)

  • Reflection = rɪˈflɛkʃən
    Lecture = ˈlɛkʧə
    Genre = ˈ(d)ʒɑːŋrə
    Independence = ˌɪndɪˈpɛndəns
    Autonomous = ɔːˈtɒnəməs

  • The dictionary has a lot of definitions for a single word, you should always read through all of them to make sure you choose the correct definition for the context :)

  • The understanding dictionaries course is really great, I highly recommend it as well!

  • Did you try using the transcript to help you follow Lorraine's accent?

  • @JavieraSolar great advice!

  • @GianGilian Try to write in English as much as possible, practice makes perfect! :)

  • @FelipePedraza Try to write in English as much as possible, practice makes perfect! :)

  • @AngieStephaniaCardonaOcampo Try to write in English as much as possible, practice makes perfect! :)

  • @erikaturizo Try to write in English as much as possible, practice makes perfect! :)

  • @AlejandroJordán Try to write in English as much as possible, practice makes perfect! :)

  • @RaffaeleBarrientosEscalante I used to live in Arequipa! I miss seeing el misti every morning!

  • @DhiFadil What kind of things do you like to cook?

  • I ❤ Bali it's so beautiful!

  • @CyTumur are you studying in London at the moment?

  • Can you recommend any good documentaries for us all Frankie?

  • What is your favourite place you've travelled to so far Thokozile?

  • Hi everyone, my name's Gareth, but you can call me Gaz if you like.

    I come from Coventry, a small city in the middle of the UK. Coventry recently won the city of culture award for 2021 so we are all very excited about the different events that will take place here next year to show the world some of the amazing things about our city. You can find out more...

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    Hi everyone, my name's Gareth Jones and I work as a Course Leader for the Pre-sessional English courses at Coventry University. I've lived and taught English in lots of different countries around the world but now I am back home living in beautiful Coventry! I love teaching English because I know the huge impact learning another language can have on people's...

  • Hi Medo, that's a lot of things! We cover all of this on the Pre-sessional English Online Award: but there are lots of free courses on futurelearn that might help as well. Try searching 'ENglish' and you should get a range of different free courses!

  • Great question Ahmed, you can define most things in this way but it is better to notice how successful writers and speakers define things and then use the things you notice to improve your own definitions. You could watch some TED talks and try to find definitions in the transcript to see if they structure their definitions differently and then copy that...

  • Hi both, we cover speaking in the Pre-sessional English Online Award: or you could try 'What makes an effective presentation?' a free course from some of our colleagues at Coventry University:

  • @MarinaSikharulidze Great explanation!

  • @FaizaKhan Thanks! :)

  • Hi @YousefAbdulwahabAbdullahAhmed is a great site for listening to how phrases are pronounced differently. Ted talks are also a great start for practising note taking which you can then compare against a transcript.

  • Hi @TrầnLinh, for sentence stress you meed to think about what the key words in your sentence are. Which words are the most important to help the listener understand your meaning? E.g. 'I want to go to the shop' = I/go/shop so 'want to' and 'to the' are condensed and use the schwa sound but the key words are pronounced fully and 'shop' is stressed e.g. '/aɪ...

  • Do you think military is a good collocate for 'discipline' (e.g. subject) in an academic context.

  • @LcCh you cannot count the noun 'rain' so there is no 's' at the end. However you can use rain as a verb so 'it rains in England all the time' is correct :)

  • @MechelRafailes great list! Does Professor Gardner define all of these words though?

  • @LcCh Hedging a statement means trying to make it less certain. In academic writing it is important to acknowledge you are contributing to a debate and that others may disagree so saying things like 'everyone knows/It is true that/Every ____ is/' should be avoided. There are some great examples and a much better explanation...

  • The second definition is also pretty good!

  • Great conversation, I totally agree, participation in all elements is vital to being successful and independent research/learning is key to making group activities meaningful and engaging!

  • Which types of assignment were you asked to submit?

  • @AsimaManzoom Thanks for your comment. Remember, it is important to use hedging language in your writing, you can see below that Elif has not been in a lecture so 'Many students have been to a lecture' could help you be less certain :)

  • Hi Marina, it really depends on your particular module and the tutors/lecturers you have. Often a seminar will give you the chance to discuss a lecture, new topic or reading with your classmates and tutor whereas a tutorial might be looking at work you are doing or have submitted for feedback.

  • @ElifŞimşek Did you learn any new information about our key words Lecture, seminar, tutorial and independent learning?
    You should add a new entry in your vocabulary log for the new words you encountered 'provoke, deepen, guidance, 'pitch it'' and start to build your understanding of them over time. :)

  • I'm glad many of you like the SKeLL link, it's a great site for seeing how words are used together.

    Another great way of doing this is by listening to how words are used in speech. You can do this by typing the word or phrase into YouGlish and then clicking through the different example:

  • @MechelRafailes We try to cover some of the fundamentals in this course and it gets a lot more in depth/complex on our 16 week pre-sessional course 'Pre-sessional English Online Award'

  • @BushraAyoub you should be able to access week two now from the 'to do list' :)

  • Hi Anna, I've added a video in the previous step about the phonemic chart, I hope it helps!

  • @oueslatimohamed unfortunately we do not have this function in the open version but we do have wekely video calls in the Pre-sessional English Online Award 16 week course starting again in May.

  • That's great Laimeche, I talk to Google and Siri all the time it's great fun :)

  • Glad you enjoyed it, I talk to Google all the time!

  • @LcCh try using a chrome browser and then search using the microphone symbol, Google voice search is really good at recognising words.

  • @FaizaKhan Laimeche Ami has suggested Cortana on a windows computer but you can also use Siri on a Mac or Google voice search in your Chrome browser.

  • Independence is stressed on the 3rd syllable :)

  • Reflection = /rɪˈflekʃ(ə)n/ 3rd syllable
    Lecture = /ˈlektʃə/ 2nd syllable
    Genre = /ˈʒɒnrə/ 2nd syllable
    Independence = /ˌɪndɪˈpendəns/ 4th syllable
    Autonomous = /ɔːˈtɒnəməs/ 3rd and 4th syllables

  • @AnnaShepet A tiny bit of Thai and an even tinier bit of Spanish :)

  • @MarinaSikharulidze I hope not too! Will you start in September? I think everything will be back to normal by then, fingers crossed!

  • @ViewRavita you forgot hot, hotter, hottest ... RAIN!

  • @PlalalaNichanan super smart, super cute!

  • Hi Elena, as a former ESOL teacher myself I can wholeheartedly recommend as a great place for teachers to connect with EAP professionals and as an excellent resource for learning about differences in genres across the disciplines. Good luck!

  • :) Great answer! Learning a new word is a process and it involves all of the steps mentioned at different times. :)

  • Great idea, don't let the word stop you from understanding the gist but then go back and research the word when you need to get a detailed understanding :)

  • Exactly, learning how to work with others successfully is a key benefit of university study :)

  • Great, listening for gist on the first go and then listening again for specific details is a great technique for getting the most from listening texts :)

  • @MarinaSikharulidze that's a good definition of resilient :)

  • Great!

  • Yes, don't worry about mistakes and try to use the responses from other people to write your own ones in English :)

  • @SamuelArifPrince great idea 'thinking like your own professor' is a great way to understand the context and it will help your brain access vocabulary and connect ideas a lot more easily!

  • I agree Mohammad, it takes a lot of practice not to get distracted by unknown words but it gets easier the more you do it.

  • Great strategy! It's really good to try and download or print the lecture slides in advance if they are available to help you take notes!

  • One of the best ways to keep improving your academic writing is to do lots and lots of academic reading!

  • What's your favourite food?

  • What subject would you like to lecture in Jessica?

  • @JessicaAngelaSouw Thanks for asking! I have a big rottweiler! Sounds scary but she is the cutest friendliest dog ever!

  • @EyaFatn'si Why not?! Aim high!

  • @SimoneSoldato Hahaha good question! I think the strangest thing was when I lived in NakhonSawan in Thailand and the whole city flooded so we had to get around in boats, it was sad but kind of cool and weird!

  • @MarinaSikharulidze Which Master's degree will you study? Online or on campus?

  • @苏永恩博 Try to use this opportunity to practise writing short sentences in English, you can use the other responses to help you write your own and don’t worry about mistakes, we’re all here to help each other!

  • Hi Loren, try to practise writing in English, don`t worry about making mistakes, we`re all here to help each other improve! :)

  • I like “student groove” :)))

  • @AminataSow After the first two weeks you can join the PSE Online Award by registering at

    Or, if you are talking about the next steps on this course then you should click the `to do` icon at the top of the page and it will display all of the steps for this course ad...

  • @robertrwebangira Have you seen our FutureLearn course MBA for the Healthcare Sector?

  • @SamuelAribisala We have great Physio courses here at Coventry University, where are you thinking of studying?

  • Great question Woranut and the answer is no! Both pronunciation and stress are different in British V American English. Here's a good list of how words are stressed differently from

  • That's great Woranut! Did you check with Google/Siri?

  • @RajendraManSingh It's almost impossible to tell based on the spelling of the word Rajendra and so it's best to use the dictionary
    e.g. /dɪˈzɜː(r)t/ Vs /ˈdezə(r)t/
    You can see that the stress marker [ˈ] is on the second syllable for 'dessert' and the first syllable for desert. You can also see that the letter 'e' is pronounced as an 'I' sound for...

  • Hi Musa, you can use the Macmillan Sounds app to hear the sounds of the phonemic chart here:

    Or Adrian Underhill's version if you can enable Flash player on your device...

  • Thanks Nick, I think we'll keep it like this as it matches the resources available at the moment such as the online dictionaries from Macmillan and Cambridge, the interactive phonemic charts from Macmillan and the British Council etc.... I'll definitely update when they do though! :)

  • I agree Emad, having to consider the context to understand the way a word is being used and the correct definition is very challenging!

  • Well done Niaz, the definition does not fit this context :)

  • @KhanhNguyen I think this is a great way of tracking your vocabulary development. When you study at university it will be really important not to just think about the frequency of general words but to begin thinking about how common words are within your discipline. You can use the BAWE corpus to identify the frequency of words in your discipline and the...