Using a corpus

Before you use a new word in English you should check it out! Take a look at how this word is used by British people before you use it yourself. How do you do this? You look the word up in a corpus. A corpus is a collection of language. Researchers collect a lot of … Read more

Academic Vocabulary

In this post I am pointing you to a site from the University of Hong Kong (yes, another one, they have excellent English resources!) which is great for developing your subject specific vocabulary. It’s called Professional Word Web. You should follow the link and then choose the subject you want to study from the list … Read more

Improving your academic vocabulary

Today I am going to show you a link to an impressive site created by Sandra Haywood at the University of Nottingham where you can really improve your understanding and use of academic vocabulary. The exciting thing about this site is that you make the exercises, using your texts. The problem with many exercises you … Read more

Academic vocabulary

Academic vocabulary This article about academic vocabulary links to a useful resource One of the hardest parts of writing essays in English is using appropriate academic vocabulary. Academic English is not the same as everyday spoken English and even British students need to work at developing a good academic style and tone to their writing. … Read more