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Spoken English


'No-one understands me!' 

'I always have to repeat myself.'

'People speak too fast in English and I can't understand them!'

Does this sound familiar? If so, read on to understand some of the features of spoken English and how you can better use them to help you.

Language types

Languages can be broadly grouped into two main types: stress-timed and syllabic-timed. What does this mean? First, we need to understand what a syllable is. For example, the word 'syllable' has three syllables

Academic genres: the Critical Response


What is a Critical Response?

  • a type of writing task, requiring different sections depending on the task requirements
  • it may be a ‘response’ to a concept, or an article, or more than one article
  • at REW, it requires only two sections: Summary and Discussion

Why is it useful?

  • It requires the highly valued academic skills of summarising and critical thought.
  • It requires the ability to develop a clear and logical ‘academic argument’, which is extremely important for university and beyond.

Note-taking and answering questions from notes


Can you understand this?

I nd hlp w/tkng nts + answrng ?s from thm

It says 'I need help with taking notes and answering questions from them'. If you understood, you may already be on your way to taking effective notes! In this blog post, we'll break down the steps for academic note-taking from a lecture and then look at answering short answer style questions using those notes. Let's dive in! 


Turn your notes into answers!

How can I make good sentences?


Having trouble with grammar? This video covers the main sentence types in English: simple, compound, and complex. Watch to find out more! 


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