Learning academic sentences is a powerful way to make your language stronger.
Like learning karate moves in the dojo, the more times you say or write them the more you will understand how they work.
Also like karate moves, once you know how they work, you can use them in the real world!
5 Academic sentences
- Employment not only offers us a way to make money for ourselves and governments, it also gives us the opportunity to do something meaningful in the world.
- In my opinion, there’s a very strong economic argument for effective primary school education.
- As long as free healthcare is managed well, there is no need for it to be wasteful or expensive.
- Prices fell by more than 20% last year and as a result, sales increased by 15%.
- Teachers have many roles, in addition to educating students they can often act as role models.
You need to practise reading…but you hate reading. You really hate it. It’s all boring. You hate reading in English.
Stop. On the internet there are a million interesting things to read.
Quora www.quora.com – hundreds of interesting questions answered.
I just visited this website to get a screen shot of it and ended up reading a question on ‘where we fall in a 1-10 scale of attractiveness’. I even watched a video too. Quora is a great website for reading things you are interested in, and if you can, answer some of the questions!
Newspapers – all over the internet and FREE
Guardian weekly – awesome free newspaper from the UK with articles on anything you are interested in.
the Telegraph – another great broadsheet from the UK.
The economist – for highbrow articles that mirror what you’ll find on your IELTS exam
Online journals – Get to Cambridge Core and search for the subjects you are interested in – you might also learn something about your specialist field.
For more help with your IELTS reading. Check out Richard L King’s book, Teach yourself IELTS reading
Can’t be bothered to read the blog? I wouldn’t bother either, here’s the worksheet: https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/the-zombie-lesson.doc
I quite like zombie films and most of my pre-intermediate and intermediate students do as well. Here is a three part Zombie lesson to get them talking and reading about the most popular undead monster in modern culture.
Pre- reading. – You can dictate these questions or cut them up and ask students to read them together
Reading – You could dictate a few comprehension questions about this or blank out a few of the words to make it a gap fill exercise.
Discussion – ask students in pairs to make their own zombie apocalypse plan outlining what they and their partner would do to survive the zombies. I put a few sentences students could finish but they could write anything. Help them out by giving them some ideas. What would they do if there really…
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Thomas Healy is one of the authors of Smart Choice as well as an Assistant Professor in the Intensive English Program at the Pratt Institute, New York City. A full time instructor, he presents regularly on how to adapt traditional classroom materials to meet the needs of the Selfie Generation, and how to use widely available and […]
Here’s another lesson for your ESOL, ESL or EFL students tapping the now mainstream interest in Vampires. Get the worksheet straight away by clicking here – https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/the-vampire-lesson.doc
Whether your students enjoyed the seminal video game Vampire: The Masquerade – bloodlines a few years ago or they enjoy The Twilight series of films or the TV shows True Blood or The Vampire Diaries, this lesson might be up their street.
Not everyone likes vampires, so I’d suggest you be careful with this one. Don’t use it with kids or those that are easily offended. Culturally, these kind of vampires are very ‘western’ and so if your students are not familiar with modern, American mythology then this probably won’t work. The Chinese have their own versions of vampires and so do a lot of other cultures…
There’s no special way to run the lesson, just follow the activities on the worksheet. There are broken lines around the worksheet so you can cut the sections up with a pair of scissors if you don’t want students to do it all at once.
Here’s the worksheet again – https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/the-vampire-lesson.doc
There’s not enough time!
If only I had more time…I could do better if I had more time. I need more time.
Slow down! There are no short cuts!
Academic reading tests are hard because they don’t give you much time. You need to be able to read faster! Here are three simple tips that will help you read more quickly.
1. Change your way of thinking.
If you want to succeed you will have to ENJOY READING.
Read something you like – do you like football? Aeroplanes? Video Games?
FIND SOMETHING YOU LIKE TO READ!
2. You will only get better at reading if you READ!
Read 1 article a day for 15 minutes. Try this for a month.
You can find good, free articles here.
3. Learn to skim and scan
Reading techniques help you find information quickly.
Download our worksheet here.
For more help with academic reading. Check out Richard L King’s book Teach Yourself IELTS reading.