Academic Teachers' Lessons

Speaking Lessons

Presentations

Presentation Worksheet [Teacher]

What is an academic presentation? This lecture discusses the key ideas of giving a presentation including referencing, signposting, delivery and rehearsal. Teacher's notes and 2-page listening worksheet with answers. Great lesson to introduce students to giving an academic presentation [webpage].Example Video [7:00]  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / MEMBERSHIP

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Create PPT slides people will remember - Duarte Inc [CEO]

Harvard Business Review: How to plan an informed presentation and what is needed to create really effective slides that keep an audience engaged. More HBR listening worksheets are [webpage]  Example Video [03:08] Level: ***** [B2/C1]  / MEMBERSHIP

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Independent Learning worksheet

This worksheet is based on four videos. Listen to the videos and take notes. Then use your notes to answer the questions and compare your answers to the key answers.  Example / Video Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1] MEMBERSHIP

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Listening Lessons

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Academic English: How is it different?

What is academic English? This lecture by Cambridge University Press discusses the key differences between Academic English and General English. The listening worksheet has a variety of questions and is great introduction to understanding Academic English. Example Video [5:20]   Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  / MEMBERSHIP

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The Future of Fair Trade [podcast]

This is a 28-minute Radio Podcast from BBC Radio 4. The podcast divides into two parts with the first 15 minutes discussing the positives of Fair Trade and the second part interviewing critics of Fair Trade. The worksheet has questions based on all the main points of the podcast  (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]   Podcast [27.54]  / MEMBERSHIP

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The Gig Economy - AEUK Test

This is a lecture on the defining the Gig Economy and discussing the positives and negatives of three Gig Economies (AirBnB, Uber and Task Rabbit). It includes a video, test questions and PPT (see example).  Level ***** [B2/C1]   Video [12.14]   PowerPoint Download  / MEMBERSHIP

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Business Accounting & Finance: Documentation

This is a 12-minute accounting lecture on the key terms connected to business transactions and documentation. It discusses purchase orders, invoices, terms of trade, statement of account, VAT, credit note etc.. It is a 4 -page test booklet with a variety of question types (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Video [12:01]  / MEMBERSHIP

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Business Leadership: the most important skill

This is a 6-minute HBR lecture interviewing key leaders and academics on what they believe is the most important skill for future leaders. The worksheet is a table format to be filled in with the key skill and support (see example).  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Video [5.41] MEMBERSHIP

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Reading Lessons

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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Reading Strategies [Teachers]

Topic: Leadership & Management Styles.Use and practice a variety of reading strategies to understand how to read journal articles efficiently. 5-page worksheet on all reading strategies (scanning, skimming, genre analysis, reading for detail, summaries) & 8-page reading document.  Level ***** [B2/C1] Example

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Reading Summary & Response

Topic: The World is Going to University (The Economist, 2015). Two page text (Download from the Economist) - students read text, make notes of key ideas, relevant support & write a 250 word summary.  Then write a 150-word critical response. Lesson includes a plan, outline, main points & support, a model summary and model response.  Level ***** [B2/C1] Example

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Reading Summary & Response

Topic: 100 year study of A.I (Stanford Uni, 2016). Two page text (included) - students read the text, make notes of key ideas, relevant support and write a 250 word summary. Then they write 150-word critical response. Lesson includes a plan, outline, suggested main points and support, a model summary and model response.  Level ***** [B2/C1] Example

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Reading Tests: The path to Brexit.

The text discusses the background history of the EU, its three key treaties and the economics of the EU. It then highlights the dissatisfaction of EU policy in the UK that led to the referendum. The reading tests include a range of questions (TFNG / table completion / short answers / open answers / summaries / vocal development). Example  + More reading tests.

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Summary Writing: The causes of the 2008 Financial Crisis

The text discusses the background history of the financial crash including the key reasons behind the profitable trading systems of that time and the banking regulations that were introduced in 2009/2010. Students read the text, identify key points and write 150 word summary. Also includes a critical thinking section.  Example + More reading summaries

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Gig Economy Lesson PDF Book

AMAZING VALUE - Six Lessons in one book. Introduction, definition, reading test, summary writing, Lecture listening & seminar [all written by AEUK] More information

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Writing Lessons

How to write an academic introduction.

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It then focuses on highlighting those key sections in three model introductions with particular attention to the thesis (question / topics / stance) and finally finishes with writing an introduction using a range of titles. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  

How to write a thesis statement.

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It focuses on different writing structures using words like however, although, despite and then includes a writing task. Students write three thesis statements using the introduction models. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  

Paraphrasing Lesson - how to paraphrase effectively!

Excellent lesson to teach paraphrasing. It starts by discussing the differences between quotation, paraphrase and summary. The lessons uses four websites to help student paraphrase (go here). It takes students through the basics of identifying key words, finding synonyms and then changing the grammatical structure. There is plenty of practice all with efficient teacher notes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example

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Error Correction Code

Teachers: This code can be used to correct student's work. Underline the mistake and use one of the symbols to indicate problem. Students correct the mistake using the code and return to teacher to check. Example

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Error Correction Practice & Answers

Teachers or students: This is a much harder worksheet of 12 sentences with 3 or 4 mistakes in each sentence. It includes answers. Good introduction to the correction code.

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Academic Style: 20 key features to writing 

This lesson brainstorms academic style / formality in writing. Teacher feedbacks using the visual highlighting and explaining the concepts and then there are 10x practice exercises from informal to formal.  Time: 60mins  Example  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]

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Topic Sentences - the basics

This lesson takes students through 'noticing' how a topic sentence links to development. Then writing topic sentences from the content of paragraph and then writing the paragraph from a topic sentence..  Time: 60mins  Example  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]

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2-sided Argument Essay

Question: Is obesity a disease? This essay argues both sides. These lessons are based on a key argument text and includes a variety of different lessons - reading and highlighting arguments, writing an argument using key points or writing an argument and comparing to model. Academic Sources:9 / Words:765 / Level ***** [B2/C1]   Example

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Referencing Lessons

Credible sources

What is a credible source? This lesson highlights the key components of identifying credible and reliable resources. It also includes a check list on 20 different sources and students have to decide whether these are credible or not? Good lesson to do before students begin researching for sources.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  

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Harvard Referencing Worksheet

Two part worksheet that is a paragraph and reference list.  Students have to put in the correct in-text reference. The second part is a reference list exercise where students have to put the sections in the correct order. A nice lesson to introduce students to referencing and becoming aware of key referencing principles.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  Example

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APA 6th Edition Referencing Worksheet

Two part worksheet that is a paragraph and reference list. Students have to put in the correct in-text reference. The second part is a reference list exercise where students have to put the sections in the correct order. A nice lesson to introduce students to referencing and becoming aware of key referencing principles.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example

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Paraphrasing Lesson - how to paraphrase effectively!

Excellent lesson to teach paraphrasing. It starts by discussing the differences between quotation, paraphrase and summary. The lessons uses four websites to help student paraphrase (go here). It takes students through the basics of identifying key words, finding synonyms and then changing the grammatical structure. There is plenty of practice all with efficient teacher notes. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example

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Writing a paragraph - using quotes about smoking

Should smoking be banned completely in public? Students are given a worksheet with nine quotes taken from The New Scientist, BBC News, The Economist, etc... and choose only three. They use these three quotes to write a paragraph trying to paraphrase the quotes and produce a cohesion piece of writing. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]   Example

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Academic Grammar Lessons

Tense Review (3 exercises - analysis, gap fill, speaking )

This is a great lesson to introduce / revise the English Tense structures. The 1st lesson asks students to dscuss a selection of sentences & identifying the structure / the rule of use. TGive out Tense Structure handout (here) to consolidate. The 2nd lesson is tense review gap fill and the 3rd lesson is a speaking with lots of questions using the tense structures.   Level ***** [B1/B2/C1] Example

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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Academic Passive Structures / Nominalisation

An introduction to the impersonal passive structure 'it is said that...' and to infinitive passive form ' it is claimed to be...'. Also, how to nominalise verbs to nouns to show formality in writing. This worksheets provides key information and 10 writing questions. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]      Example

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Nominalisation (verbs to nouns)

An introduction to nominalisation. This worksheet shows the basics of nominalising, practices changing verbs to nouns, and includes three exercises from guided through to free practice. Good writing practice activity with a fair amount of challenge for all levels.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]      Example

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Hedging Grammar - Cautious language

This is a worksheet provides an overview of hedging language / cautious language and also includes a range of sentences for students to practise using hedging language.  Level ***** [B1/B2]

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Academic Vocabulary Lessons

Collocation (verbs / adjectives)

Collocation is words that go naturally together. This sheet refers students to use a collocation website (www.ozdic.com) to ensure fluency through the correct use of adjectives and verbs with key nouns.    Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]  

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Nouns - countable & uncountable

This lesson introduces countable/uncountable nouns. It starts with a matching activity, then goes into a worksheet of identifying common mistakes in quantifiers of uncountable nouns, and finally finishes with a speaking activity. Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]      Example

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Academic Word List Exercise x4

Four Academic Word List gap fill exercises. 10 sentences in each sheet with 10 words to choose from. Words must be put in correct form. Great way to improve awareness of academic words and word formation.  Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]      Example

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Academic Word game - Verbs to Nouns

100 high frequency words taken from the Academic Word List and put into grid. In groups of four, students guess the noun for each verb. The objective is to get as many four-in-in row as possible. This is a fun lesson to improve awareness of academic words and formality. Medium Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]      Example

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Academic Word game - Nouns to Adjectives

100 high frequency words taken from the Academic Word List and put into grid. In groups of four, students guess the adjective for each noun. The objective is to get as many four-in-in row as possible. This is a fun lesson to improve awareness of academic words and formality. Difficult Level ***** [B2/C1]      Example

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Academic Word game - Word + preposition

100 high frequency words taken from the Academic Word List and put into grid. In groups of four, students guess the corresponding preposition for each word. The objective is to get as many four-in-in row as possible. This is a fun lesson to improve awareness of academic words and formality. medium Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]      Example

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Academic Word game - Word forms [n/v/adj]

100 high frequency words taken from the Academic Word List and put into grid. In groups of four, students guess the correct form (each word in the grid has an acronym of the word to be guessed). The objective is to get as many four-in-in row as possible. This is a fun lesson to improve awareness of academic words and formality. Medium Level ***** [B1/B2/C1]      Example

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