Academic English not only for Indonesians
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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…)

(And) besides

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

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

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…)