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Here you will find a range of materials for English as a Foreign Language, English for Academic Purposes, linguistics, research skills, culture, teacher training, professional development, and more. My materials are interactive, fun, and have been tried and tested in the classroom. The products available range from activities to full lessons to complete courses. Please take a look!

Here you will find a range of materials for English as a Foreign Language, English for Academic Purposes, linguistics, research skills, culture, teacher training, professional development, and more. My materials are interactive, fun, and have been tried and tested in the classroom. The products available range from activities to full lessons to complete courses. Please take a look!
Social class in the UK
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Social class in the UK

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A listening activity with an authentic video that could lead in nicely to a class discussion about social class in the UK. Designed for both home students and English language learners. Particularly suitable for pre-sessional international students learning about British culture.
An Introduction to Syntax
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An Introduction to Syntax

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A good 2-hour lesson introducing some of the basic concepts in syntax: constituents, complements and word order. This package includes: A full and detailed lesson plan Three fun and interactive PowerPoints for the three main concepts Three activities for students to practise what they have learned A fun introduction to syntax for linguistics students of all ages and anyone who needs to understand basic syntax, including language learners and trainee language teachers.
Who wants to be a millionaire? (British culture)
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Who wants to be a millionaire? (British culture)

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The “Who wants to be a millionaire?” game on a fun PowerPoint, only this time the questions and answers are all about British culture. The questions lead nicely into discussion points, as the answers are not as straightforward as students might expect. Fully customisable, with audio to match the quiz show, this is a fun addition to any British culture class!
Making your writing "academic"
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Making your writing "academic"

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Students have to change the genre of a text from informal to formal. Suitable for presessional EAP students focusing on research skills and academic language. Includes answers.
An Introduction to Morphology
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An Introduction to Morphology

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A good 2 to 3-hours’ worth of material here. Fun activities and an interactive PowerPoint introduce some of the basic concepts in morphology: word classes, wordbuilding, derivation, and morphological trees, with homework activities and links to further resources. This package includes: A full and detailed lesson plan An interactive PowerPoint 5 separate activity worksheets for students Suitable for students of any age who need an introduction to morphology, including teacher trainees and general language students.
How to write a dissertation
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How to write a dissertation

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A really useful collection of resources on dissertation writing. This package includes: A fun PowerPoint summarising all sections of a typical dissertation (abstract, introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, and appendices) Two extended worksheets on how to write an abstract, introduction and conclusion A reference guide for the methodology, results and discussion sections Perfect for research skills classes, pre-sessionals, in-sessionals and study support. Particularly suitable for international students going on to study for their Masters.
English for Academic Purposes
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English for Academic Purposes

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Everything you need for any English for Academic Purposes course! This huge bundle covers core topics, such as synthesising, referencing, selective reading, how to write a dissertation, listening to lectures, academic genre, and seminar skills. Also included are complete module and course proposals, with tailored assessments.
Scheme of Work - Linguistics
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Scheme of Work - Linguistics

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An all-purpose scheme of work for any introductory linguistics course. Covering 12 weeks, this course begins with a discussion of “What is language?”, followed by phonetics, morphology and syntax. Finally, wider topics in sociolinguistics and language acquisition are introduced. If you need a basic Scheme of Work for your Linguistics 101 module or course, look no further!
British Culture Quiz
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British Culture Quiz

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A fun quiz on British culture, covering some basic topics, such as countries, politics, food, music, etc, but also more wide-ranging topics that could lead to class discussions, such as immigration, Brexit, and stereotypes. Full answers provided.
Scottish Independence - listening activity
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Scottish Independence - listening activity

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A nice little listening activity based on an authentic political broadcast during the Scottish independence referendum. Suitable for English language learners, students in politics/citizenship classes, critical thinking sessions on pre-sessionals, etc. Full answers provided.
Academic Reading Skills
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Academic Reading Skills

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This is a great activity to teach students how to read effectively, particularly in the context of higher education. It explains by doing: students go through the mini-booklet step by step to learn about the importance of selective reading. Includes source text. Enough demanding material for at least a 2-hour lesson. Particularly suitable for international students who are new to higher education.
10-Week Pre-Sessional Course
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10-Week Pre-Sessional Course

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Everything you need to jumpstart your own Pre-Sessional course! This 10-week course is divided into two strands: Language and Research (research skills, English for Academic Purposes, academic reading and writing, listening to lectures, etc) and Academic Culture (higher education context, studying in the UK, British culture). This package includes: A fun Induction PowerPoint Student details form Attendance statement Recommended reading list Course Summary document Full and complete Scheme of Work Notes for Tutors on both strands of the course Personal Tutorials PowerPoint introduction Personal Tutorial documentation (appointment form, common questions, course feedback form) Assessment Summary Assessment descriptions Full assessment criteria and marksheets Template documents (worksheet, PowerPoint, timetable, register) Marksheet Excel document with assessment percentages encoded A fantastic package full of readymade documentation.
Synthesizing and Selective Reading
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Synthesizing and Selective Reading

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This authentic task entails students selectively reading and taking notes on three journal articles, before writing a 400-word synthesis to a given question. This activity forces students to use the selective reading skills they have learned and that are detailed in the accompanying PowerPoint. Full lesson plan included. A demanding but powerful demonstration of synthesising and selective reading skills, suitable for pre-sessional or in-sessional students, particularly international students studying at an Anglophone university.
Research Skills Course
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Research Skills Course

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An outline of a 12-week Research Skills Course for pre-sessional students going on to study for their degrees. This package includes: Detailed scheme of work for the whole 12 weeks Introductory PowerPoint that includes research scenarios A rationale document explaining the ethos of the course Perfect if you need a solid and proven research skills course outline at short notice.
Language Analysis
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Language Analysis

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A detailed scheme of work for a 12-week course on basic linguistic analysis. Taking a descriptive linguistic approach, each week it introduces students to a different linguistic unit of analysis: segments, phonemes, morae, syllables, lexemes, word forms, phrases, and clauses. Also includes further reading, assessment ideas and course aims, this is perfect if you need a quick outline for an introductory linguistics course for your students.
British Culture
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British Culture

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Everything you need for any British Culture course: a range of activities involving the language, culture, education, and politics of the United Kingdom. Designed primarily for higher education, but could easily be adapted for lower levels.
Core Linguistics
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Core Linguistics

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A huge number of linguistics resources all tied up in a bundle! From whole introductory courses, fun activities, innovative assessments, to cutting-edge module proposals. A perfect kickstart for any introductory linguistics course.
How to write the methodology, results and discussion sections
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How to write the methodology, results and discussion sections

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A reference sheet that could be printed out as an A3 poster or used as an A4 worksheet. Summarises the differences between the methodology, results and discussion sections of an academic paper. Perfect for English for Academic Purposes students on research skills courses, pre-sessionals and in-sessionals, etc.
Example Essay Titles
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Example Essay Titles

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A list of 27 example essay titles organised by subject area. Ideal for pre-sessional and in-sessional students who need to practise subject-specific writing.
Intercultural awareness scenarios
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Intercultural awareness scenarios

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Three scenarios to explore issues in intercultural awareness (plagiarism, mixed-gender working, and speaking a foreign language in class). Particularly suitable for international students studying in Anglophone colleges and universities.