What you have to be able to do in English at university

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One of the most important things about making progress with something (like English) is understanding what you CAN DO NOW and what you NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO. When you can see where you are, and where you need to be, then you can start to plan how you are going to get there. This excellent page from the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies Materials Bank asks you to think about your academic writing skills – where are you now, and where do you need to be when you study at university? Follow this excellent link here.