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Who writes English for University. Com?
This blog is written by Patrick McMahon. I am a university lecturer in the UK teaching on a variety of Academic English courses and teacher training courses at Plymouth University.

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Who are you writing for?
I started it for my own students but I hope lots of people find it useful. Students using English, especially those at university, are the main readers.

How does the site work?
I post once or twice a week on language points that I think are relevant to students using Academic English. I usually put in a link to an online language learning resource. There are many high quality free resources available on the Internet – they just need finding! You can see the posts on the right-hand side of the page.

The site is a work in progress. That means it is constantly changing and growing. Collections of links need constant updating and some of the pages have far fewer links than I would like. However, come back soon because it will have more resources (and newer posts!) each time you visit.

You can sign up to receive my posts by e mail. I hope you’ll do this so you’ll know automatically when there is a new post. Of course you won’t ever receive anything else in your inbox.

Why is English for University a blog and not a usual website?
The good thing about a blog is that it can grow slowly, unlike a traditional website which is a bit more static. Blogs are usually more informal and it gives me a chance to comment on current affairs in my posts.

If you are a university lecturer why isn’t this part of your university’s website?
Good question! I love my university work but this blog is mine so I keep it separate from my university. It gives me more freedom to do what I want without worrying about the university!

Why do you put advertisements up on your site? There weren’t any before.
The advertisements bring benefits to the website. The advertisements mean that I can make my content available to readers for free.

How can I contact you?
You can e mail me on this address: englishforuniversity.com @ gmail.com (take out the spaces) or by clicking here.

How do I know that you’re not just some idiot who doesn’t know anything about English?
You don’t! But read a few posts and give it a go!

How is the site organised?This site is a blog, which means that it consists of  pages and  posts.

Pages are articles and lists of links which are permanent.

Posts are messages which I send out to readers. These are generally shorter than articles and more informal. They often refer to current affairs in the UK and are intended to inform and entertain readers. In the posts I tell readers about updates to the site and point out interesting language points. Sign up to receive these posts by using the form in the top right hand corner of the site.

Please make comments on posts or pages in the comment box below the article.

Recent comments from readers:

Submitted on 2009/06/15 at 10:31am
Brilliant!
Since I have started to work on this site, I have learned many things about writing, vocabulary and gramar.
Reza in Latrobe Uni

Submitted on 2009/06/09 at 3:35am
Thanks for everything!

Submitted on 2009/06/04 at 9:53am
Brilliant!
It is very useful for overseas students to learn English by this web, and I am one of the overseas students who follow your program which has a lot of positive consequences on me to learn more academically.

Submitted on 2009/05/25 at 6:18am
Thanks to your simple and clear style,I really appreciate your services

Submitted on 2009/05/22 at 1:59pm
Dear Sir:
I am a teacher of English. I teach at the undergraduate level. I read your articles regularly. This one is very good.

Submitted on 2009/05/19 at 10:33am
It looks like someone is not very happy about the fact that we can read the blog and access learning materials for free.
Thank you for your blog Patrick.

Best Wishes !

Submitted on 2009/04/24 at 2:09am
Thank you very much for writing about the attitute of oversees students. We are too quiet and myself in particular I do not like writing. Thank you for your encouragement. My other problem is not knowing how to type. This has often set me back I will not prepare myself to overcome all that so that I can write without fear and with speed. Thank you.

Submitted on 2009/03/18 at 12:35am
Impressive material!!! Useful for teaching my students at La Trobe Uni.

Submitted on 2009/01/26 at 11:07am
I always read your posts. I thank you for your good work which I very much appreciate. This one is coming at a very ripe time as I’ve begun writing my academic paper.
I hope to come up with an excellent paper once I adopt and apply the pieces of advice from you. Keep up the good work.
How do you get compensated for your time and wonderful work
Wish you all the best.

Submitted on 2008/11/14 at 2:01am
I am thrilled by this website and wish others will be as inspiring and helpful as it is. Please keep up the good work. It is a site for anybody (student, worker, lecturer etc) who wants to remain relevant and excel in this dynamic and transient world.

Submitted on 2008/10/22 at 11:07pm
Dear Patrick:
I hope I wasnt lating to keep this website for my homepage. An amazing website for a English learner,and I regretted that I missed it when you told us in class. Any way, give my best appreciation for your work.

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