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

For each of the following grammar points, watch a Griffith University video, and try doing the grammar practice underneath:

Articles Video

Articles – practice





Passive and active voice

Subject verb agreement

Complex Structures

Punctuation and Spelling



Additional grammar resources:

Grammar Editing Checklist

Grammar Practice

  • Interactive tutorials from the University of Sydney



Vocabulary resources:

Expanding your vocabulary

  • Strategies for expanding your spoken and written vocabulary

The Academic Word List

  • Essential vocabulary for academic reading and writing (Averill Coxhead,  Victoria University of Wellington)

AWL exercises

  • This site has exercises to help you learn academic vocabulary  (from University of Victoria)

Workshop Resources/Writing

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Sentence Structure Workshop

Sentence structure patterns

Writing Clear Sentences (Workshop slides)

Tenses Workshop

Tense use in academic writing: Beginner’s guide

Tense use in research writing

Articles Workshop

Other writing related resources:

Relative Clauses

Prepositions (Workshop slides)

Transition signals

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)


Summarising and paraphrasing

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

Paraphrasing techniques

  • Some specific techniques for paraphrasing (from Massey University)


  • Video and practice exercises from Griffiths University