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About this book

Aimed at providing non-native English speakers with the skills needed to study overseas at an English-speaking University, this practical handbook prepares students to live abroad, understand university culture, and to improve their English. It is built around activities that give hands-on practice to make overseas university study a success.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Case studies: these people need help!

Chapter Overview
In this chapter you will meet a number of students we have worked with over the years. Each one speaks English as a second language, and each one is concerned about some aspect of studying at university. At the end of the profile you will read some questions to help you identify the problems they faced.
When you have thought about your own ideas, look at the suggestions at the end of the book (pp. 201–3). If it turns out that you are concerned about the same thing, then follow the directions to the chapter or chapters that will help you.
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis

Chapter 2. Planning your studies

Chapter Overview
This chapter will help you to:
  • find out where to go and how to choose the right university
  • write a good application letter for a scholarship
  • choose the right language test
  • learn how different language tests (and your scores) compare
  • learn what foundation courses are for
  • learn from other students’ experiences in choosing their studies
  • make sure you submit all the necessary information when enrolling
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis

Chapter 3. Improving your English

Chapter Overview
This chapter will help you to:
  • find out what language skills are the most important ones for you
  • find out your current English level
  • set your English language learning goals
  • find out what kind of learner you are
  • find the best language school
  • get to know about your university’s language support
  • build a language portfolio
  • keep a language journal
  • find excellent ways to learn English … while having fun!
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis

Chapter 4. Vocabulary

Chapter Overview
This chapter will help you to:
  • find out what ‘knowing a word’ means
  • learn about different types of vocabulary
  • find out what your vocabulary level is
  • find out what vocabulary you use in your writing
  • find out how to learn new words
  • work out the meaning of new words
  • use flashcards to remember words
  • make the most of a dictionary
  • learn how to use a thesaurus
  • choose an electronic dictionary
  • learn how to use a corpus
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis

Chapter 5. Listening to lectures

Chapter Overview
In this chapter you will learn about:
  • students’ problems with lectures
  • the purpose of a lecture
  • lecturing styles that change from country to country
  • note-taking tips
  • preparing for a lecture
  • the parts of a lecture
  • the language of the lecturer
  • becoming a better listener
  • the sorts of questions it is OK to ask in lectures
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis

Chapter 6. Small-group learning

Chapter Overview
This chapter will help you to:
  • understand the purpose of tutorials
  • consider reasons why some people don’t attend tutorials
  • hear ideas from other students about how to act in tutorials
  • plan for tutorials
  • build up your vocabulary of phrases for joining in discussions
  • note ways of getting a turn to talk
  • think about cultural differences in tutorials
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis

Chapter 7. Reading

Chapter Overview
This chapter will help you to:
  • plan and keep track of your university reading
  • find reading texts at university
  • read with a purpose
  • read a range of types of texts efficiently
  • learn about being a more efficient reader of online texts
  • become a more critical reader
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Chapter 8. Essays at university

Chapter Overview
In this chapter you will meet tasks to help you understand:
  • some common questions that students ask about written assignments
  • ways of interpreting essay questions
  • types of assignment you can expect
  • ways of making the essay topic easier to understand
  • how to gather your information
As you will see, although we mention many types of writing, we give most space to essay writing. At the end of the book, you will find references to more specialised academic writing books that are designed for students writing for particular subjects.
In the next chapter you will practise putting the material together in a good order.
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis

Chapter 9. The essay writing process

Chapter Overview
This chapter will help you to:
  • develop the essay topic into an essay thesis
  • write an essay introduction
  • develop an essay thesis into paragraph-topic sentences
  • develop topic sentences into paragraphs
  • make a paragraph read smoothly
  • link ideas together in a variety of ways
  • acknowledge your sources (referencing)
  • make all the essay parts fit together into a readable whole
  • edit and proofread your draft essay
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Chapter 10. Assessment

Chapter Overview
This chapter will help you to:
  • understand various ways that universities assess students
  • note some assessment criteria and ways of using them to your advantage
  • learn from feedback
  • prepare for exams
  • succeed in presentations, portfolios and other forms of assessment
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis

Chapter 11. Communicating with staff

Chapter Overview
By the end of this chapter you will be able to:
  • decide whether your problem or question is worth talking about with a staff member
  • choose the best ways of contacting staff
  • communicate with the department through your class representative
  • make effective use of the departmental website
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis

Chapter 12. Dealing with problems

Chapter Overview
In this chapter you will:
  • learn about managing anxiety and how to stay motivated
  • find out where to find help in your new university
  • discover how to manage culture shock
  • learn about coping with academic issues
  • learn about living on a budget and making extra money
  • read about opportunities to make friends
Hayo Reinders, Nick Moore, Marilyn Lewis
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