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Academic English not only for Indonesians
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Fallacies Browser

Fallacies are fake or deceptive arguments. Although they seem to make sense, they can be shown to be false. Fallacies are not always deliberate, but a good scholar’s purpose is always to identify and unmask them. (more…)

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IELTS Task 2 – body paragraph reconstruction

In this activity we see two body paragraphs taken from an IELTS Task 2 essay discussing space exploration. (more…)

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Two chill pills for writers

Students experience stress when they enter university because college life is tough and tiring.

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Worthy (of) worth?

Taking a break between school and university is worthy of their time.

OK so here it would be better to write: (more…)

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(And) besides

Search features help shoppers to find what they’re looking for. Besides, online shopping offers customers various payment methods.

Besides…
And besides…
These are often used inaccurately as they don’t translate well from other languages. (more…)

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I love you because I love you

Yes, I like my job because it matches my education.

In IELTS you will often be required to express opinions about topics that you may not have thought about very deeply or discussed in daily conversation with friends. Not only do you have to give opinions, you also have to give reasoned support for these opinions. (more…)

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Book or film?

Students, especially Indonesian students, often tell me that they would much rather watch a film than read a book. Reading is boring, they say.
I would like to invite you to think again about reading. (more…)

Opinion in topic sentences

A student recently asked what is the difference between..

  • the topic sentence of a body paragraph
  • the main claim of the paragraph

Many students have read about topic sentences and believe that it’s essential to make a separate sentence to introduce the topic before making any kind of argumentative claim: (more…)