English Language Resources

The School of Languages and Social Sciences and Aston's Library and Information Services have excellent learning resources and support services for international students.  

See below for a list of online resources or click here for a list of recommended books, which will help you to develop your English language skills.   

Using English for Academic Purposes 
You will find general information about Academic English + exercises

English for Academic Study
Here's a link to a website which contains a range of resources which can be used to practise writing, listening, speaking and reading.

Learn Higher
These resources are designed by the Learn Higher learning development centre to help you improve your skills required within a university context.

Cambridge University Press Online Dictionaries
A variety of Cambridge dictionaries including Advanced Learner’s, American English, Idioms, Phrasal verbs.

Macmillan Dictionary
A practical on-line dictionary with useful features , like pronunciation  practice and  a thesaurus.

Academic PhraseBank
Produced by the University of Manchester, this site gives a wide range of commonly used phrases and their usage.

Aston Corpus Network
Language reference

British National Corpus
Language reference

British Council - Learn English
A website with lots of different English learning activities

BBC Learning English
This  BBC website offers a  variety of activities all designed to improve your language skills

BBC iPlayer
You can use this webpage to watch programmes broadcast by BBC – a great way to practise your listening skills, learn vocabulary and find out more about British culture

English Page – English listening resources
This  site has a number of links to British and American quality radio programmes

This site is helpful for listening to informal, spontaneous language

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Language Centre
A comprehensive guide put together by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology language centre; lessons 7, 8, 10 and 15 are particularly useful for presenting

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