GuruEAP

Academic English not only for Indonesians
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Windows to the soul

Another post highlighting and analysing cohesive devices in academic writing, this time a summary of research looking into the facial expressions of animals. (more…)

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Cohesion in the news

In this post we look at some cohesive devices used in a recent news report covering the unrest in Hong Kong. (more…)

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Comparing crash landings!

In this post we take a look at some nice language comparing two crash landings in which all passengers and crew survived! (full news story here). (more…)

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What is my IELTS score?

If you’re wondering what your IELTS score might be, take a look at these descriptions of language performance prepared by IELTS! What do you think your band scores might be in IELTS Speaking and Writing? (more…)

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First Page IELTS #3

A third ‘first page’, again from Harry Potter! This time I’ve highlighted the suitablility of items for IELTS Speaking and/or IELTS Writing Task 1 and 2. (more…)

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Academic Collocation Flashcards

Reloading the page gives you a randomised collection of common academic collocations. Can you guess the missing collocates? (more…)

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First page IELTS #1

I repeatedly advise students preparing for IELTS to read more fiction as a way to acquire and consolidate a wider range of vacabulary and grammar, but they often refuse to believe in the benefits of reading ‘for pleasure’.

If anybody in the class has a novel with them, I ask to see it and then highlight – from the front page – all of the language likely to get them band 7 or above.

And so I thought it would be useful to look at some ‘first pages’ on GuruEAP, beginning with one of the favourites among my own students – Harry Potter (In this case HP and the Philosopher’s Stone).

Navigate here and click the ‘stone’ button!

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Random academic collocations

Can anyone guess why I chose this particular image for the post’s profile pic? Answers in the comments below..! (more…)

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Awareness of ‘towards’

This approach represents their awareness towards the environment.

I think this another example of the clash of the collocation civilisations!

Indonesian flag Indonesians are probably thinking ‘kesadaran terhadap..’, and translating terhadap as towards. I’m afraid that’s not English collocation. Here’s what you need: (more…)

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The this, the that

‘The’ is a word largely missing from some languages. Listen to the song and sing along (lyrics below..)!

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Another song performed by AAS scholarship awardees: Andi, Velo, Rapta, Roy, Ade, Novi, Septia, Susan, Vita! (more…)