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Listening Resources

BBC English: Top International Universities

BBC 6-Minute Listening: The top 200 universities in the world and why American universities are so high up the list. Level: ***** [C2/B1/B2/]  /  Video 

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TED Talks: The Great Firewall of China - Michael Anti

TED TALK: How the central government controls the internet and how a number of micro-bloggers are finding ways around this control. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [18:51]

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TED Tests: Don't insist on English - Patricia Ryan

TED TALK: The globalisation of English and its testing systems can have negative affects on students from various backgrounds. Level: ***** [B1/B2/]  /  Video [10:35]

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TED Tests: Plastic Pollution in the oceans - Dianna Cohen

TED Talk 6 minutes: How plastic is polluting the marine environment with the Pacific Gyre and possible solutions for a more sustainable societyLevel: ***** [B1/B2/]  /  Video [5:18]

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HBR: Aligning Strategy with sales - Harvard Business School

Harvard Business Review: Short 3 minute lecture on the importance of effective strategy within sales and leadership issues. Level: ***** [B2/C1]  /  Video [03:23]

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Lectures: Sell your ideas like Steve Jobs - Carmine Gallo

Stanford lecture: the innovative and powerful way Steve Jobs could influence and market products through intelligent presentation skills. Level: ***** [C1/]  /  Video [50:00]

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Pronunciation: Gap Fill 1

10 Academic Words (a-c)

  1. Analysis 
  2. Approach
  3. Area 
  4. Assessment 
  5. Assume /
  6. Authority
  7. Available
  8. Benefits
  9. Concept
  10. Consistent

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Pronunciation: Dictation 1

10 Academic Words (a-c)

  1. Analysis 
  2. Approach
  3. Area 
  4. Assessment 
  5. Assume /
  6. Authority
  7. Available
  8. Benefits
  9. Concept
  10. Consistent

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 Free Dictogloss Resources

Free Dictogloss: Financial Crisis 2008 

The causes of the Financial Crisis and new regulation that has been implemented to prevent future crashes. Focus areas: Passive structures / academic Words (AWL 1) Level: ***** [B2/C1]

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 Free Writing Resources

Argument Essays: Home Education

 Question: 'Should parents educate their children at home?' This is the full lesson from the images above. The essay can be used in a number of different ways - see the lesson plan. Words: 440  Level ***** [C2/B1]

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Paraphrasing: writing worksheet 

This worksheet provides paraphrasing practice. There are five sentences taken from an academic text and students paraphrase the sentences to keep the same meaning. Includes possible answers.

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Reporting verbs: worksheet 

 Use the verbs in the box to put into the sentences in the worksheet. Each sentence has a description of the type of verb needed. Check the grammar of the verb too!

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 Free Reading Resources

Reading Skills: Reading Timeline

A biographical account of British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin. Read the text and order the events of his life on the time line sheet provided. Words: 731  Level ***** [B1/B2]

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 Free Vocabulary Resources

Academic Vocabulary: Academic Word List Sublist 1

This is a worksheet to practise using the a Academic Word List (AWL) sublist 1. Read the 10 sentences and put in a suitable word in its correct form. Academic Word List..    Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  

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Academic Word List Lesson - Sublist 1-10 

This lesson is the 10 sublists of the Academic Word List put into tables to be cut up. In small groups, students explain their word using synonyms, explanation and definition. There are lots of other activities included too. More information  Level ***** [B1/B2]

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 Free Grammar Resources

Passive Grammar - the basics

This is a worksheet that provides an overview of the basic passive structures, the rules and tense exercises. It also includes a speaking activity. A nice lesson to revise the basic structures and use of the passive.  Level ***** [B1/B2]

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Grammar - hedging / cautious language 

An important feature of academic writing is the concept of cautious language, often called "hedging" or "vague language". It is the language to show the strength of the claims you are making. Includes a Video Level ***** [B1/B2]

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 Free Error Correction Resources

Error Correction Code Practice & Answers

Teachers or students: This is an introduction to the error correction code & a worksheet to practise correcting written mistakes with the code. You need this correction code - click here 

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 Free Speaking Resources

 Speaking - Academic Discussion Topics

This is a worksheet of three different types of questions (easy, medium and hard). There is also a discussion phrase sheet that goes with it. Click here  Level ***** [B1/B2]

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Independent Learning seminar

This worksheet is based on four videos. Students listen and take notes on the videos and then summarise their ideas on the worksheet. Using their new knowledge they formulate an Independent Learning action plan. With all this information they have a 20-30 minute seminar using a set of questions.  Videos Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] 

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