Academic Hangman

A version of hangman featuring words from the Academic Word List (AWL), and a built-in homework activity for anyone who needs the practice.

Remember to read the instructions carefully before you begin! ×
  • Click or tap letters to reconstruct words taken from the academic word list.
  • Click or tap 'Next word' to get another word.
  • For each word you begin with 9 lives.
  • After you have guessed 5 words correctly, you will be invited to write a text using those words.
  • Alternatively you can reload the page and play again!

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More papers and paper

For all you ‘visual learners’ out there, here’s a video version of a previous post in which we looked at the difference between the countable and uncountable forms of the word ‘paper’.

After watching the video you might want to have a go at the gapfill activity accompanying the last post dealing with ‘paper’!

Crime or crimes?

Several posts on GuruEAP deal with nouns that can be either countable or uncountable but with slightly different meanings. Here’s a text packed with examples of one such word – Crime. Select either ‘crime’ or ‘crimes’ from the dropdown menus and then check the answer key for analysis and explanations!

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(A) few, (a) little

Only some students hand in their homework on time.

Indonesian flag Elsewhere on GuruEAP we’ve looked at alternatives to ‘some’, which tends to be overused by Indonesians translating from ‘beberapa’, or, in the example above – ‘hanya beberapa’.

In this post we look at other alternatives to ‘some’ that are especially problematic for Indonesians because they are awkward to translate: few, a few, little, and a little.

As with all quantifiers, we need to begin by deciding whether the noun we’re quantifying is countable or uncountable. Continue reading

A problem has arisen

The involvement of government in indigenous governance has arisen a variety of arguments.

Here there is a vocabulary problem AND a grammar problem!

First the grammar problem..

In other languages (Indonesian flag ‘memunculkan’) the verb ‘arise’ can be transitive (can take an object), but in English it cannot.¬†However, there do exist alternatives that allow you to keep the object (obj – ‘a variety of arguments’): Continue reading