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AWL Academic Word List Test

Average: 2.5 (6 votes)

There are 570 headwords on this list (proposed by Averil Coxhead at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), which is said to contain the most frequently occurring vocabulary in academic contexts. Starting with the letter 'A', test your familiarity with ten words on the AWL.

Choose the word or expression that differs in meaning from the given word:

Danny's 'Where are you going now?'

Average: 3.9 (8 votes)

Have you ever looked back at your life and found yourself wondering how you got to where you are today? Ever noticed how every single decision you've ever made has, directly or indirectly, brought you here?

Amazing, isn't it, when you think about it...

Cartoon - Cut it

Average: 3 (11 votes)

Cut It - Learn English Cartoon

We use scissors to cut paper. Cut can be used as a verb. Did you know that cut is used in a common English idiom? Read on...

School Talk - Learn Idioms

Average: 3.5 (8 votes)

What are the similarities and differences between your school system and the American one?  What kind of student are you?  Are you brainy (very smart) or a low achiever (a poor performer)?  Do you sometimes ditch your classes (not attend your classes)?  Or, are you the teacher's pet (the teacher's favorite student)? 

Take this quiz to see how good you are at recognizing some common American expressions for talking about school performance. 

Chat Room and SMS English

Average: 2.9 (78 votes)

The generation gap is a popular term used to describe differences between people of a younger generation and their elders, especially between a child and his or her parent's generation.

Once you have crossed the generation gap, you are old, out of touch and there is no way back!

Here's a good way of finding out if you are now on the other side of the generation gap:

Your Questions: The best of June

Average: 3.3 (20 votes)

Every month we ask our newsletter readers to send in their questions to Tim, our English teacher at EC Brighton, about the English language. Here are your questions:

 

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Vocabulary Exercise - How well can you do?

Average: 3.9 (8 votes)

Todays's exercise is a what we call a 'mixed bag'. That means it has a bit of everything.  Let's begin.

OK, so you think you're good at English? Well, today we have ten tricky words and phrases that I think you've heard before. They're all common and, above that, they're all useful. Let's see how many of you can get 10/10 and let's see if I made any spelling mistakes...right, Yura?

How to use Subject Pronouns and Object Pronouns

Average: 3.2 (183 votes)

Choosing between a subject pronoun and an object pronoun can be tricky in a number of situations.  First, let's look at a list of pronouns.

Learn English Idioms

Average: 4.7 (10 votes)

Idioms. There are thousands of them! Pick up a newspaper or watch a TV show and you'll find them everywhere. Let's see how many of these idioms you are familiar with. Choose the correct word to complete each idiom. 

Link: Practice Idioms

In the news: Michael Jackson dies at 50

Average: 3.1 (7 votes)

Michael Jackson, the legendary King of Pop, passed away on Thursday 25.

Paramedics were called to the singer's house in Bel Air following an emergency phone call.  It is believed that he suffered a cardiac arrest. Although the paramedics tried to resuscitate, he was pronounced dead two hours later at the UCLA medical centre.