Mind Mapping

Mind Maps can be used to organize everything from the content of a book to concepts, meeting notes, your observations about a subject, the possibilities are almost endless.  It can also be used as part of the creative process as a way to prepare to write, consider strategy or organize a speech… 
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Bookworms Club Reading Circles

The award-winning formula for natural, enjoyable discussions in English.

Reading Circles
Reading Circles are small groups of students who meet in the classroom to talk about stories. Each student has a special role, and usually there are six roles in the Circle. Move your mouse over each role to learn more.

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+ (!) don’t forget to print and bring THIS

The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style
William Strunk, Jr.
Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

Essay writing tips




Why write essays?

Some people enjoy writing essays and others don’t. However you feel about this, it’s worth considering what the purpose in writing essays actually is.

  • Essays always require you to explore a particular topic or issue. So they are a way of extending your learning and understanding. Because you have to do the research for the essay independently, it means you can do this at your own pace, and in your own way, which is a great advantage. It also means that you are developing your skills in independent learning at the same time.
  • In order to produce a good essay, you have to present the ideas and information in a logical and coherent way. This means you have to organise all the information you have collected. To do this, you will be developing skills in analysis, and synthesis (bringing together).
  • In first year, essays generally ask you to ‘outline’, ‘explain’, ‘explore’ or ‘describe’, and then as you progress you are required to ‘discuss’ and to ‘critically evaluate’.
  • Essays generally require you to present ideas or a well reasoned argument backed up by relevant evidence. This involves many skills, including comparing the ideas of different writers, and being able to evaluate different perspectives. You are not just giving your own views!
  • Finally, essays are a means for you to demonstrate your understanding and how much you have learnt in a well structured format.

There is no single correct way to approach essay writing. Each person has to find what suits them best.

Oxford collocations dictionary


Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Students of English
A completely new type of dictionary that will help students write and speak natural-sounding English.

Level: Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
Key features

Collocations – common word combinations such as ‘bright idea’ or ‘talk freely’ – are the essential building blocks of natural-sounding English. The dictionary contains over 150,000 collocations for nearly 9,000 headwords.
The dictionary shows all the words that are commonly used in combination with each headword: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions as well as common phrases.
The dictionary is based on the 100 million word British National Corpus. Internet searches were made to ensure the most up-to-date usage for fast changing areas of language such as computing.
Over 50,000 examples show how the collocations are used in context, with grammar and register information where helpful.
The clear page layout groups collocations according to part of speech and meaning, and helps users pinpoint speedily the headword, sense and collocation they need.
Usage notes show collocations shared by sets of words such as languages and seasons.
It is an ideal companion volume to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary.