English Language Skills

On this page you can find resources to sharpen your English language skills for tertiary study. You can also book a workshop, book an appointment or ask a grammar question online (click on Ask Live). A drop in is available in the library for quick questions about grammar, Mon-Fri 10.30-11.30am, Rm L003. This is a free service for all Lincoln University students.

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Grammar Practice

Have a learning advisor identify your priority grammar needs and work on a grammar point here:

Articles

Gerunds, prepositions and infinitives

Tenses

 Passive or active voice

Subject verb agreement

Plural or singular

Sentence structure

Punctuation and spelling

Useful grammar websites:

Grammar Editing Checklist

Vocabulary

Don’t forget to look at the resources in “Strengthening your writing” in the Study area of this site.

Reading, Speaking, Listening

Improving Reading Efficiency

  • An introduction to ways of  improving your academic reading skills

Reading Strategies

  • Specific tips on how to improve reading (for those whose first language is not English) (from Massey University)

Effective Reading

  • An interactive tutorial to help you read academic texts more effectively (from Monash University)

Understanding lectures in English

  • Brief tips on how to better understand lectures

ESOL Listening Strategies

  • Specific tips on how to improve listening skills  (for those whose first language is not English) (from Massey University)

ESOL Speaking Strategies

  • Specific tips on how to improve speaking skills (for those whose first language is not English) (from Massey University)

Paraphrasing

Summarising and paraphrasing

  • Useful tips on how to summarise and paraphrase (from Massey University)

Paraphrasing techniques

  • Some specific techniques for paraphrasing (from Massey University)

Paraphrasing

  • Video and practice exercises from Griffiths University