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SKILL-UP - learning beyond the classroom

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What's on

Scheduled ICTE-UQ activities and what's on around campus and Brisbane.

Online courses

Online courses

English language training activities tailored to suit your enrolment (MacMillan login required)
English language lessons by ICTE-UQ you can do and share. (Sign-up required)
Software, social media and business training. (Login by entering www.uq.edu.au in the organisation box, then your usual UQ login)

Favourite apps

These apps are favourites with teachers and past students. Download apps to your phone or tablet to try them out.

  1. Sounds - created by the English pronunciation guru, Adrian Underhill, the free version of this app gives quick access to an interactive phonemic chart and is the ultimate mobile English pronunciation aid.

  2. Quizlet - providing millions of study sets and topics, Quizlet lets you learn, review and share vocabulary in a variety of interactive and effective ways.

  3. Memrise - wonderful vocabulary and content learning app that blends science with a sense of community and fun. Watch your learning prosper like flowers in the sun with Memrise.

  4. Phrasal Verbs Machine - With Cambridge University Press's Phrasal Verbs Machine, learning this essential element of English writing and speaking takes on a visual aspect and gives you more than just one meaning of common phrasal verbs.

  5. Evernote - take interactive and multimedia notes with Evernote and access them from any device - you'll never need another note-taking app! 

 

 

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Favourite websites

These are favourite sites for teachers and past students. Check them out for ways to build skills in particular areas outside of class.

Practice pronunciation on your own

Watch Rachel at Rachel’s English pronounce sounds then record yourself making the same sound in another tab using  Vocaroo ,  a simple voice recorder.  Try the activities at Phonemic Alphabet with Sounds to improve your pronunciation of specific sounds.

Prepare for conversation

Learn about conventional topics of conversation and ways of saying things with English Club Speaking.  

Practice speaking with others

Join Speaky to practice conversation with other people online.  Sign-up, choose your level to get started, then pick from a gallery of people around the world who want to speak now.


Teacher's tip: being social is the fastest way to improve your conversational English - take advantage of the activities organised by ICTE-UQ to use your skills and grow your confidence in speaking in English.

Start with small amounts of text at an easy level and then increase the length and difficulty of the texts you read.

Short reads

Tiny Texts is a great little blog that lets you listen and learn English in little bits at a time.  

Breaking News English provides short texts and podcasts on current news stories organised in 7 levels (similar to our 7 levels of General English). 

Longer reads

News in Levels and Read it English each begin with a test of your English level and then shows you articles to suit your level. At News in levels you can also listen to the news and follow up by finding a speaking partner in the Skype or chat section. Read it English offers interesting articles beyond regular news and you can provide feedback at anytime to get more difficult articles as you progress.


Teacher's tip: the more you read, the better you get so read for fun.  To stay motivated, look for texts about things you enjoy and read widely.  If you prefer reading from a book, visit the Learning Centre.

English Central - a great way to learn English through a huge pop-out wall of quick videos.  This site can help you improve not only your listening but also your pronunciation and vocabulary with definitions of words provided in the videos. 

Elllo - one minute videos and transcripts of real people talking with small quizzes to test your understanding. 

Australia Plus: Australia-related videos and English learning activities set up for international students studying in Australia.

Podcasts

Subscribe to these podcasts or download individual audio files.

ESL Pod - this podcast is updated frequently and spans a wide range of topics, from Business English to Shopping and Daily Life.

Better at English - this podcast helps you improve through real English conversations and also includes lessons and language learning tips to make your learning more enjoyable.

The English We Speak - From the BBC, this short weekly podcast looks at everyday words and phrases to help you use natural English expressions…naturally!

Splendid Speaking - this podcast is for advanced learners of English who want to develop their speaking and conversation skills and will be very useful for students preparing for English tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, CAE or TOEIC. 

The Aussie English podcast - this podcast has a strong focus on pronunciation and will have you speaking like a true-blue Aussie in no time – fair dinkum!


Teacher's tip: make a weekly 'listening schedule' where you set a specific amount of time aside for different types of listening practice every day.  Listen with a purpose and use a variety of listening types. 

Fun exercises

Sign-up to No Red Ink to practise grammar and writing skills with fun topics, engaging exercises and instant, specific feedback. With loads of grammar rules and exercises to choose from, you will become a grammar guru in no time at all!

Instant feedback on your own work

Get instant feedback on your own written work by uploading it to Cambridge English's Write and Improve

Install the Grammarly browser extension to proofread your writing for grammar, punctuation, spelling and more as you type.

Structuring your writing 

Spiderscribe - great online mind-mapping and brainstorming tool lets you organize your ideas by connecting notes, files, and even calendar events in free-form maps. You can collaborate and share those maps online.

MindMapfree - a fantastic educational app that lets you create quick and easy mind-maps, hassle-free. You'll never forget another brilliant idea again! 


Teacher's tip: practice, practice, practice! Doing some writing every day will soon become a habit and will help you make great improvements in your writing skills.  Rewrite everything you do - if your teacher makes corrections, rewrite to include these too.

Smart Company - sign up to Smart Company to receive the latest business news. It’s an Australian news source that is very informative. Reading this will help you to recycle vocabulary learnt in class and learn more about the business community here in Australia.

Business Review Weekly- visit Business Review Weekly through the UQ Library to get in-depth business articles on hot topics here in Australia like the top places to work, information on our top entrepreneurs and the latest tech & gadgets.

Business presentations tools - take a look at the Prezi website, where you will discover free online presentation software. The site has demonstration and learning tools that will help you create a simple and smart presentation using well-designed slides.[ training for this and other pres software in Lynda.com]

Business English Pod - Business English Pod is a world-renowned publisher of podcasts and mobile learning resources for intermediate and advanced learners of Business English. Each podcast will introduce the topic, then you listen to the dialogue and follow up with some questions to answer. A great on-the-go learning tool.

TED for Business and Economics - Watch TED's talks on Business and Economics where you will learn about different topics within Business and Economics environments through videos, a 'Think' Q&A, and a discussion board where you can interact with others to help you improve your business language skills online.


Teacher's tip: a large part of being successful in business is networking, and university is the perfect place to build your network! Find opportunities, such as networking events or social clubs and societies to get in contact with like-minded people and to practice your business English.

Many of our students are preparing to take the IELTS test. You can prepare and book your test here at ICTE-UQ,  Brisbane's first IELTS test centre, where we offer free, expert preparation online (enrol in the course or sign-in if you have enrolled already) and in monthly face-to-face classes.

Other IELTS preparation materials and resources we recommend include websites from three IELTS experts: Pauleen Cullen’s IELTS Weekly, Simon Corcoran’s IELTS-Simon and Dominic Cole’s DC IELTS.

For help with preparing for university studies in English, Using English for Academic Purposes is a great resource to improve your academic writing style, organisation and grammar, while the Academic Phrase Bank can help you find the right phrase for the right academic situation. Academic English Online is another great resource that has a number of web-based activities to improve this aspect of your English.


Teacher's tip: Attend the guest lectures and workshops held at ICTE-UQ which focus on academic topics to help you become familiar with Australian academic culture and requirements. See the What's on guide for details.

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