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University Terminology Dictionaries


  • The Complete Lexical Tutor (lextutor). Has a range of language tools, including a more sophisticated concordance programme which gives you your keyword lined up so it’s very easy to see the words coming before and after it. Useful to see how a word or phrase is used in context. Also has functions to allow a keyword to be found together with other specified words (to the right or left of the keyword). Lextutor also gives you access to a number of well-reputed vocabulary tests, e.g. Paul Nation’s, if you want to test your English. Goes up to the 14,000 word-family level.
  • Corpus of Contemporary American English. The largest freely available corpus of American English, with more than 425 million words.
  • British National Corpus (British National Corpus BNC), fairly basic concordance programme which accesses the 100 million word British National Corpus of texts. You can type in a word or phrase and see up to 50 sentences including your word. Useful to see how words are used in context.




The Academic Word List & Academic Phrases

  • Academic Vocabulary, the Academic Word List (by Averil Coxhead) split up into 10 sub-lists, this site also includes The Academic Word Highlighter, which can identify academic vocabulary in a given text, exercises to practice academic vocabulary and tips on how to use concordances, etc. There are also some further useful links to other related websites.
  • Using English For Academic Purposes (UEFAP) - very useful and comprehensive website containing exercises on reading, writing, listening and speaking in an academic context.
  • The Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological "nuts and bolts" of writing. It was designed primarily with international students whose first language is not English in mind.



  • Contains a large number of games and grammar exercises.
  • Guide to Grammar and Writing, Grammar.  
  • The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). Grammar exercises mostly.
  • VISL (VISL is a research and development project at the Institute of Language and Communication (ISK), University of Southern Denmark (SDU). Contains infinite amounts of Internet-based grammar tools for education and research.

 English Language Learning Online (including quizzes and tests)


Academic Writing


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Revised 2012.03.22