ELTons webinars: Winner of the Innovations in Learner Resources award

We are proud to bring you a series of webinars showcasing ideas from the 2014 ELTons winning innovations. Here we present the winners of the ELTon for Innovations in Learner Resources. Els Van Geyte, author from the team, presents a practical webinar about academic writing.

Theme: International students entering Higher Education may not be aware of the academic demands they will face post-IELTS. Conversely, they may receive conflicting advice, e.g. on how to improve their writing. In this webinar, I will look at some examples of this and consider how tutors can help students build on their existing skills while preparing them for the challenges ahead. I suggest how we might approach the teaching of areas such as paraphrasing, hedging, and writing introductions by focusing on reader expectation and on academic requirements and principles, i.e. on ‘why’ rather than ‘how’.

Download the presentation slides in pdf format.

About the speaker

Els Van Geyte is the author of Writing, which is one of the six books in the ELTon award-winning Collins Academic Skills Series. She has more than 20 years of language teaching experience, and has been working as EAP tutor at the University of Birmingham for over a decade. Els Van Geyte holds a Cambridge DELTA certificate, QTS, an MA in Modern European Studies, as well as an MA in Germanic Languages. She is also a senior Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy).


The Academic Skills Series by Collins is a six-book series for students who are studying, or preparing to study, at an English-speaking institution.

The judges described the winner as “even native speakers could benefit from the kind of structured, systematic thinking taught in this entry.”

Find out more about the Academic Skills series on the Collins website.

Watch the webinar recording here

Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests

Join a free online course starting 11 May

Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests is the latest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the British Council delivered on the FutureLearn platform.

Anyone thinking about taking an English language test will find this course particularly useful, but English language learners (and teachers!) will benefit from the tips and advice given in the course. The course helps learners improve their English and prepare for tests, such as IELTS reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Writing for a purpose

You can also take a look at our Academic Writing section on the LearnEnglish website.

Our new section shows you how to write everything from essays to case studies to lab reports, with plenty of exercises, videos and examples from successful assignments.

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