Self-study resources

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The Language Center has put together a bank of online materials for students who plan to apply to AIT: try it out!

  • Unilearning Explanations for academic writing, from punctuation to technical report writing.
  • RMITVery useful tutorials and activities for writing, includes a variety of skills.
  • Elements of Styleby Strunk and White. This is an old but very well respected writing style guide that gives useful information about how to and how not to word your writing.
  • Purdue Online Writing LabThis is one of the oldest OWLS, and continues to be one of the best.

  • The Internet Grammar of English. The Internet Grammar of English is an online course in English grammar written primarily for university languages undergraduates. However, we hope that it will be useful to everyone who is interested in the English language. It does not assume any prior knowledge of grammar.
  • Jack Lynch’s Guide to Grammar and StyleThe author doesn’t make a clear distinction between the two, so it’s not really clear whether the guide belongs on this page or on theWritingpage. Whatever – it contains much useful advice.
  • Grammar QuizzesA variety of grammar exercises, as well as vocabulary and sentence activities.
  • http://esl.about.com/blgrammar.htmThis web site offers clear, American English grammar explanation and practice exercises. Students can choose their own problem areas. There are also various grammar quizzes.
  • http://www.grammarbook.comThis web site offers clear advice on grammar and punctuation. The exercises are not very interactive. It’s more suitable for advanced learners and native speakers.
  • BBC Grammar ChallengeExplanations, podcasts, and exercises for many grammar topics.
  • English PageGrammar and vocabulary exercises.
  • Monash UniversityGreat tutorials about passive voice, verb tenses, and articles.
  • University of OttawaComprehensive grammar information.
  • English 4 U
  • English Club

These websites have exercises to help you test your listening comprehension.

These websites have lots of interesting news stories to listen to for general listening practice.

These websites have speaking exercises with pronunciation tips.

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  • Cliche Finder: A cliche is an overused expression, and should not be used in academic writing.  Use this resource if you don’t know if you are using a cliche or not.
  • LOGOS Multilingual Translation

 

 

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