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AWARE Writing Centre: Exercises

Academic Writing and Research Excellence

Using English for Academic Purposes

Prepare for Success

Prepare for Success is an interactive web learning tool for international students who are going to the UK for study in further or higher education. It contains learning resources which are activity-based to help you find out about different aspects of academic life in the UK and the skills needed for effective study. Most importantly, the activities provide opportunities for academic English language improvement.

Academic Word List

This site focuses on the 570 words that make up the Academic Word List (AWL), which is subdivided into ten subsists. The AWL was primarily made so that it could be used by teachers as part of a programme preparing learners for tertiary level study or used by students working alone to learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions. The Academic Word List replaces the University Word List.

Writing for a Purpose

This site provides materials to improve the quality of discipline-specific student work. More specifically, Writing for a Purpose includes information about types of writing and purposes for writing, exercises to help you write, and examples from assignments that successful students have written.

Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Mellon University

The Open Learning Initiative offers online courses that aim to improve learning in higher education. You can register for their courses free of charge. Once you have registered, you can sign in to the writing course by putting “prose16” as the registration key and then hitting the link “enter course”. The modules in Prose Style provides you with a basic set of concepts and principles to help you produce prose that readers will understand more quickly and easily, and gives you practice in applying those principles. It focuses on the study of articles, agents, and nominalizations.