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  • Error correction code
  • May 23rd, 2017

  • This is a correction code which can be used to give feedback on grammar and other errors in written work.
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  • Multi highlighter
  • March 18th, 2017

  • This highlighter combines the three highlighters already on the website, namely the AWL, ACL and AFL highlighters.
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  • AFL highlighter
  • March 17th, 2017

  • This highlighter will allow you to input a text and highlight all words from the Academic Formulas List (AFL). As with its companion, the AWL highlighter, it comes with a gapfill maker to help create simple exercises.
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  • Academic Formulas List (AFL)
  • March 15th, 2017

  • The Academic Formulas List, developed at the University of Michigan, gives the most common three, four and fives word phrases used in academic speaking or writing. The full list is available here.
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  • ACL highlighter
  • March 13th, 2017

  • This highlighter will allow you to input a text and highlight all words from the Academic Collocation List (ACL). As with its companion, the AWL highlighter, it comes with a gapfill maker to help create simple exercises.
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  • ACL by type
  • March 10th, 2017

  • This is another version of the Academic Collocation List (ACL), this time listed according to collocation type, e.g. adj and noun, adv and noun, etc.
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  • Academic Collocation List (ACL)
  • March 8th, 2017

  • The Academic Collocation List, developed by researchers at Pearson, lists the 2,469 most commonly occurring collocations in academic written texts. The full list is available here.
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  • Reading and note-taking basics
  • December 20th, 2016

  • Reading and note-taking is a key part of academic life. Find out how to do it well.
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  • Critical reading
  • December 12th, 2016

  • Being able to make judgements about a text and understand any potential biases is a vital part of academic study. This process is called critical reading. This section includes important questions to ask as you read a text critically.
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  • Compare and contrast exercises
  • November 6th, 2016

  • Exercises for the compare and contrast essays pages added.
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  • Researching (writing process)
  • October 3rd, 2016

  • Continuing the section on the writing process, this page looks at researching to find additional information, a crucial stage in researched assignments after brainstorming ideas and and before writing an outline.
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  • In-text citations
  • June 18th, 2016

  • If you are going to use other writers' works in your own, you will need to know how to use in-text citations.
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  • Reporting verbs
  • June 17th, 2016

  • Reporting verbs are essential if you have in-text citations. There are many of them, each with a slightly different meaning.
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  • Feedback (writing process)
  • June 15th, 2016

  • Continuing the section on the writing process, this page gives information on responding to feedback, especially following peer editing. This page is adapted from the feedback page of the Study Skills section.
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  • Understanding the title
  • June 15th, 2016

  • Continuing the section on the writing process, this page gives information on arguably the most important step, namely understanding the title.
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  • Feedback
  • June 14th, 2016

  • Understand how to use feedback to improve your learning.
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  • Learner autonomy
  • April 8th, 2016

  • Students are increasingly expected to take responsibility for their learning, in other words become autonomous learners. Find out more about what this means and the skills that are involved.
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  • Note-taking styles (reading)
  • April 6th, 2016

  • This page is mostly a repeat of the listening and note-taking page on styles of note-taking, as linear notes and pattern notes are just as useful for reading as listening.
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  • Note-taking styles (listening)
  • April 6th, 2016

  • Find out more about the main styles of note-taking while listening, namely linear notes and pattern notes. The page also has information on a common method of note-taking, the Cornell Method.
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  • Login
  • April 1st, 2016

  • The Login function is a brand new feature of the site. It will unlock additional resources for users, such as exercises and activities or resources pages.
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  • Other discussion skills
  • March 11th, 2016

  • This page rounds out the discussions skills section by looking at other important discussion language such as giving suggestions and expressing uncertainty.
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  • Asking for clarification
  • March 10th, 2016

  • Continuing the discussions skills section, this page gives information on why it is useful to ask for clarification, and how to do this.
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  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • March 9th, 2016

  • This page gives useful phrases for agreeing and politely disagreeing in academic discussions.
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  • Giving opinions
  • March 9th, 2016

  • Continuing the discussions skills section, this page gives useful phrases for giving and asking for opinions.
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  • Digressions
  • February 17th, 2016

  • Lecturers sometimes go off topic or 'digress'. Find out more about digressions, how to recognise them, and why this is important for your lecture comprehension.
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  • Reading with a purpose
  • February 17th, 2016

  • Unlike everyday reading, which is usually done for pleasure, academic reading will have a specific purpose which will determine how you read the text - or whether you read it at all.
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  • Skimming, scanning, surveying a text
  • February 16th, 2016

  • Skimming, scanning and surveying a text are three important ways to increase how quickly you read.
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  • Reading skills
  • February 15th, 2016

  • With the vast number of text you need to read, finding strategies to increase reading speed is essential.
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  • Reference section
  • January 3rd, 2016

  • Reference sections can be confusing and difficult to compile. Learn how to build a reference section for the three most common formats, i.e. Harvard, APA and MLA.
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  • Summarising
  • December 31st, 2015

  • Summarising is one of three ways of using another writer's work in your own (the other two being paraphrase and quotation). Learn the essential steps in creating an effective summary from a text.
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  • Paraphrasing
  • December 30th, 2015

  • Paraphasing is an important skill in academic writing. Find out why, and how to do it.
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  • References & citations
  • November 10th, 2015

  • Understand the difference between references and citations, what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
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  • Recycling
  • July 12th, 2015

  • Lecturers often paraphrase, repeat or summarise ideas. Find out why and how they do it in this section.
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  • Definitions
  • July 9th, 2015

  • Learn how to write definitions.
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  • Classification
  • July 9th, 2015

  • Learn how to classify according to different criteria. Includes a guide to language for classification.
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  • Transition signals
  • July 8th, 2015

  • More information on transition signals, a key element of cohesion. Contains examples of different types.
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  • Cohesion
  • July 8th, 2015

  • Information on cohesion and coherence, and how to improve the way your writing 'sticks together'. Includes an example essay to demonstrate different aspects of cohesion.
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  • Persuasion essays
  • July 7th, 2015

  • How to write a persuasion essay. Includes information on counter-arguments, and an example essay.
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  • Discussion essays
  • July 1st, 2015

  • How to structure and write discussion essays, with an example essay.
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  • Compare & contrast essays
  • June 24th, 2015

  • How to structure and write compare & contrast essays, with an example essay.
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  • Cause & effect essays
  • May 23rd, 2015

  • How to structure and write cause & effect essays, with an example essay.
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  • Problem-solution essays
  • May 16th, 2015

  • How to write problem-solution essays, with an example essay.
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  • IELTS writing
  • May 6th, 2015

  • Information about the IELTS writing test.
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  • Presentations structure activities
  • April 7th, 2015

  • Some activities to focus on structuring a presentation. Includes a planning grid, with language guide.
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  • Critical writing
  • December 8th, 2014

  • What is critical writing? How is it different from descriptive writing?
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  • Academic style
  • November 15th, 2014

  • 10 rules for good academic style.
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  • Note-taking (Listening)
  • August 25th, 2014

  • This page describes the basics of note-taking when listening.
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  • Lecture cues
  • August 24th, 2014

  • Good lecturers signpost their lectures using lecture cues. Find out more about these, and how they can help you improve your note-taking.
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  • Study Skills podcasts
  • May 20th, 2014

  • Podcasts have been added for the pages in the Study Skills section.
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  • Podcast page
  • May 5th, 2014

  • A dedicated page has been added to the listening section to collect the podcasts on the site.
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  • Review of '50 steps to improving academic writing' [book]
  • April 17th, 2014

  • Review of '50 steps to improving your academic writing', by Chris Sowton. This book is published in the EAP series by Garnet Education. Is it the right book for you? Find out in this review.
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  • Writing home page
  • March 11th, 2014

  • A new look for the Writing home page, using a 'brainstorm' style layout with JavaScript mouseover effects.
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  • Guessing unknown words
  • February 17th, 2014

  • How to use context and word formation (prefix, suffix, root) to deal with unknown words when reading.
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  • Time management
  • November 26th, 2013

  • Tips on how to manage your time effectively, by identifying targets, prioritising, breaking down tasks, and creating a calendar or timetable.
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  • What is academic vocabulary?
  • November 11th, 2013

  • Academic vocabulary is more than just a list of words you can memorise. It differs according to your individual context. Learn more about what constitutes academic vocabulary here.
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  • AWL finder
  • November 6th, 2013

  • A tool which (when complete) will present the words in the AWL with more complete information, including word family, usage, and collocation. Needs some contribution from student volunteers (write to support@eapfoundation.com).
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  • Learning styles
  • October 17th, 2013

  • Information on learning styles, including Kolb styles, the VAK model, Honey & Mumford (common in the UK), and the Dunn & Dunn model (more frequent in the US).
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  • Review of AWL highlighters
  • August 30th, 2013

  • Review of 3 popular AWL (Academic Word List) highlighters available on the internet: Lextutor, Nottingham University, and EAPFoundation.com. Although they all do similar things (highlight words in the AWL), they vary in their information and usability. Find out which one is best for your study/teaching.
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  • News & Reviews section
  • August 28th, 2013

  • This website is a work in progress, so I thought it would be useful to have a place to share updates (the section you're reading now!). This section is also a place where I can share EAP news from other websites. Reviews (of websites and books) are also included here, as are past newsletters which have been sent to subscribers of the website newsletter.
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  • Using symbols & abbreviations
  • August 14th, 2013

  • Some basics of using symbols & abbreviations for lecture note taking.
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  • Lecture comprehension
  • August 14th, 2013

  • Understanding lectures is about more than just listening and taking notes. You should consider what you do pre-lecture, for example reading or vocab work, during the lecture, and post-lecture.
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  • Essay structure
  • August 9th, 2013

  • Information on structuring an essay, including the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion. Contains advice on writing thesis statements and topic sentences, with a complete (short) essay to show you how these give structure to the whole essay.
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  • Brainstorming
  • August 8th, 2013

  • Some different approaches to brainstorming, including clustering and free writing. Complete with real student examples.
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  • The writing process
  • August 7th, 2013

  • An overview of the writing process in two different contexts: coursework (when there is more time for researching) and exams.
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  • Tools page
  • July 31st, 2013

  • An 'anchor' page has been added to collect together the various EAP tools which exist in different sections of the website e.g. AWL word finder, AWL highlighter & gapfill, GSL highlighter, and GSL limiter.
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  • AWL highlighter - tag cloud version
  • July 30th, 2013

  • I was looking at a website with a nice tag cloud when it occurred to me that this would be a nice way to present words in the AWL highlighter. It was relatively easy to tweak the JavaScript from the existing AWL highlighter to make it work. This format might appeal to students who are more visual.
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  • About page
  • July 13th, 2013

  • The About page was revamped, adding information previously contained on the Home page. Find out more about the website, some of the principles behind it, and me, the author.
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  • Home page
  • July 13th, 2013

  • I redesigned the Home page of EAPFoundation.com following feedback from a colleague (Suzanne Littewood), to make it a simpler portal to the website. Uses some simple JavaScript to animate images for each of the sections.
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  • Search function
  • July 3rd, 2013

  • To help users find content, a search function has been added to the website. The search code is a free php code called Sphider (available from www.sphider.eu).
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  • Forum for EAPFoundation.com
  • July 1st, 2013

  • A Forum was added to the website so that students could ask me (and each other!) questions about EAP. The code is a free php code called GentleSource (available from www.gentlesource.com).
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  • How to reflect (the learning cycle)
  • May 14th, 2013

  • Information on the Kolb learning cycle and how to reflect. Completed in time for my students to use when writing reflections for their end of year language learning journals. Contains a guided structure for writing reflections, using the Gibbs reflective cycle.
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  • GSL limiter
  • May 4th, 2013

  • The GSL limiter is a tool for highlighting selected words in the GSL (General Service List). It is most useful at the higher end (i.e. less frequent words). Many of these words are perfectly fine in academic writing, but are often overlooked by students who go straight to the AWL (Academic Word list). The GSL is often a better a place to start for many students. This tool was developed alongside the GSL highlighter. Still some JavaScript bugs to fix, but mostly works fine.
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  • GSL highlighter
  • April 30th, 2013

  • The GSL highlighter is similar to the AWL highlighter, but covering words in the GSL. It is not as useful, as words in the GSL have around 80% coverage. To try to make it more practical I have divided the GSL into 10 levels, each giving similar coverage (around 8%). This tool is interesting, but the GSL limiter is probably more useful for students.
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  • Presentations section
  • April 22nd, 2013

  • The content of the presentations section is complete (exercises still missing). This was timed to coincide with my students assessed individual presentations for EAP. The section includes information on presentation structure, language, body language, delivery, and visual aids. Each section has a useful checklist to guide students when preparing to give a presentation.
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  • Vocabulary: what to study?
  • April 20th, 2013

  • Some basics of studying vocabulary, looking at meaning, pronunciation, usage, collocation, etc. Tips, and a checklist.
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  • The General Service List (GSL)
  • April 17th, 2013

  • Information on the General Service List (GSL), including words sorted by frequency (recommended) and alphabetically.
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  • Sitemap
  • April 17th, 2013

  • Ease of navigation was one of the guiding principles in the design of this website. I thought a complete sitemap would be essential. Much of this is still 'wishful thinking' at this stage: it maps out how the site will look when it is complete. To help with this, there is also an 'active sitemap', which shows all the pages so far completed. This will show when a user clicks on a guid for a section which is not yet complete.
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  • AWL widget
  • April 17th, 2013

  • The AWL widget uses the same files as the AWL highlighter (jQuery and JavaScript), but is embedded on (almost) every page, to highlight AWL words in context. This, like the AWL highlighter and gapfill, was one of the main areas of focus when I was developing the website.
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  • AWL gapfill (for AWL highlighter)
  • April 17th, 2013

  • Students too often focus on meaning when studying new words rather than usage, so I wanted to create a tool which would enable students to test their knowledge of word formation for AWL words. Needs to be used in conjunction with the AWL highlighter.
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  • AWL highlighter
  • April 17th, 2013

  • After some time using the AWL (Academic Word List) highlighters on the internet, I decided I wasn't satisfied with them and wanted to make my own. Not an easy task - had to learn a lot of jQuery and JavaScript to do it - but worth the effort.
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  • Launch of EAPFoundation.com
  • April 17th, 2013

  • The website EAPFoundation.com is officially launched. The website is specifically designed for students and teachers of EAP (English for Academic Purposes). Find out more about it in the About section.
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