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Understanding academic grammar

Understanding academic grammar

For students new to dealing with academic texts in English, they can seem daunting; full of long words and long complex sentences. Are academics just trying to show off how clever they are and confuse their poor readers? Well, maybe just a little bit sometimes, but most of the time, there are good reasons for the grammatical choices made by academic writers. Understanding the reasons for those choices can help students of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) make more informed choices in their own writing.

Tense vs aspect

Tense vs aspect

Tense and aspect are often labelled as the same thing. It’s not uncommon to see the present progressive referred to as ‘the present progressive tense’ or will have + past participle referred to as ‘the future perfect tense’, for example. However, tense and aspect are not the same thing.

Grammar and register

Grammar and register

This article has been written by Julie Moore, who is an ELT materials developer and lexicographer. Our last post focused on the difference between ...

Prescriptive vs descriptive approaches to grammar

Prescriptive vs descriptive approaches to grammar

What's the difference between prescriptive and descriptive approaches to English grammar, especially in the context of the Collins COBUILD English Grammar? Penny Hands, one of our series editors, answers in this blog post.

Collins COBUILD English Grammar: a functional grammar

Collins COBUILD English Grammar: a functional grammar

This article has been written by Penny Hands, who is one of the contributors to the Collins COBUILD English Grammar.   Most people who study and us...

Who am I? A bio-mini-quiz to inspire your students

Who am I? A bio-mini-quiz to inspire your students

Are you looking for original ways to get your students to read? Here are 8 ‘Who am I?’ questions revealing interesting life-facts about some of the Amazing People featured in Collins Amazing People ELT Readers series. Can you guess who the people are?

Get your students off to a flying start with Amelia Earhart

Get your students off to a flying start with Amelia Earhart

We've compiled some classroom ideas showing how you can use Amelia’s story in Amazing Aviators with your students. You can adapt the ideas to use them for many of the other Amazing People ELT Readers to help support your students on their English Language learning journey.

Make Your Meetings Work 

Make Your Meetings Work 

There are three main strategies that we teach to non-native speaker executives running, or taking part in, international meetings, either virtual or face-to-face.

The outcomes for them are confidence, greater fluency and the ability to run meetings, or take part in meetings, more effectively.

How to help students deliver effective meetings and presentations in English

How to help students deliver effective meetings and presentations in English

  Everything takes place in English. That is, ultimately, why we are employed. However, English language skills alone are not enough. Our business ...