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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  • Scholarship refers to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding through research, study, and critical inquiry. It encompasses the various fields of academic study and encompasses the development of new ideas, theories, and interpretations of existing knowledge. Scholarship can take many forms, including the production of scholarly publications, the teaching...

  • Academic sources are materials that are commonly used in higher education and research settings to support arguments, provide evidence, and inform the understanding of a particular subject or topic. These sources can include scholarly journal articles, books, conference papers, and dissertations, among others. They are usually written by experts in the field...

  • Literature refers to written or spoken artistic works, including novels, poetry, plays, and short stories, that seek to entertain, inform, or inspire an audience through the use of language and storytelling techniques. It can also be used as a medium to express emotions and ideas, and to reflect on the human experience.

  • Scholarship refers to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding through research, study, and critical inquiry. It encompasses the various fields of academic study and encompasses the development of new ideas, theories, and interpretations of existing knowledge. Scholarship can take many forms, including the production of scholarly publications, the teaching...

  • Literature refers to written or spoken artistic works, including novels, poetry, plays, and short stories, that seek to entertain, inform, or inspire an audience through the use of language and storytelling techniques. It can also be used as a medium to express emotions and ideas, and to reflect on the human experience.

    Academic sources are materials that...

  • Hi @NegahSamadi Negah, you can type the vocabulary into the comments in the same way the @Moqadasa has in the pinned post at the top of this page if you like. You could also share a Google Drive document if you want to keep the formatting of the table.

  • Re*flection
    *Lecture
    *Genre
    Inde*pendence
    Au*tonomous

  • @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: https://www.futurelearn.com/partners/coventry

  • 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: https://pearsonpte.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/AcademicCollocationList.pdf :)

  • 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: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/study-at-coventry/online-learning/pre-sessional-english-online/ 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...