Tips For Success In Foreign Universities

Language Link Vietnam prepares you for university success
During my first year at university in the United States, I had to:

  • Read about 1,000 pages per week
  • Participate in class seminars (discussions) nearly every day
  • Write one 3-5 page paper every two weeks
  • Write a 15-20 page independent research paper twice per semester
  • Give a large, public presentation with a group of students

I did not take a single test my entire first year. I was judged entirely on my written and spoken work. My question for students who are planning to study abroad:

Are you ready for this?

The fact is, many Vietnamese students struggle during their first year in foreign universities. Why? Because even though they scored 7.0 or above on the IELTS, they have not prepared themselves with the foundation they need to succeed in a foreign academic environment.

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Thesaurus: The Best Tool for Building Your Vocabulary

Use a thesaurus to improve your speaking and writing skills at Language Link VietnamWhat if I told you there’s a tool that can expand your English vocabulary and improve your writing – and it’s 100% FREE? Would you be interested?

Well, there is such a tool, and it’s called a thesaurus. Learning to use a thesaurus is one of the best things you can do to develop your vocabulary and writing skills.

What A Thesaurus Can Do For You
A thesaurus can add style to your writing and make it more interesting to read. Consider this sentence:

I had a great vacation and did a lot of interesting things.

Is that an interesting sentence? No, not at all. But let’s put a few of these words into the thesaurus and see what comes up:

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Study Tips from Language Link’s Board of Managers

Language Link Vietnam's Board of ManagersLanguage Link Vietnam’s Board of Managers (BOM) creates the school’s executive strategy and is responsible for heading all major departments. The BOM has two foreign and two Vietnamese members.

It may be interesting for you to know that all four BOM members have a background in language education, both as teachers and as learners. Watch these short videos to:

  • Practice listening to authentic English
  • Test your understanding
  • Get free, practical study tips from the people who run the school
To get the most from these videos, first listen and try to answer the questions below, before you look at the answers!

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Best Websites For Learning English: BBC Learning English

BBC Learning English Website has a wealth of resources for English language learners

I’m certain you’ve heard of the BBC: the British Broadcasting Corporation. It’s the largest broadcaster in the world, providing TV, radio, and online services to thousands of households in the UK and beyond. But did you know that the BBC has been helping people learn English since 1943?

The BBC launched its Learning English website in 1996, and it currently has 1.5 million registered users. The site features print, audio, and video materials, along with downloadable lessons and worksheets. Content is based on real news events and stories, and updated daily by English experts in the UK. Some material is designed for teachers, but most is designed for students. And it’s all free!

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An Introduction to Punctuation

Watch this humorous introduction to English punctuation. Learn the most important punctuation marks, and see how they can help improve your writing. Make sure you have your speakers turned on so you can hear the audio!

Download the PDF: Simple Rules for Effective Punctuation

Key Points

  • Punctuation marks give rhythm and meaning to text
  • Do you know the names of all the punctuation marks? Learn them in this video
  • Just a couple of punctuation differences can change the entire meaning of a text
  • Look at a passage and decide how to punctuate it effectively
  • What if punctuation marks had sounds? Watch James Bond save the day…with the help of punctuation!

What Do You Think?
Do you know how to use punctuation correctly? Do you have any advice to add, or questions you’d like to ask? Let us know in the comments section below!

Note-Taking Tips for IELTS and Academic Success

Learn to take effective notes at Language Link VietnamSometimes, my students make me laugh.

Not long ago, I was teaching a TOEFL preparation class, and I asked my students to listen to a lecture and take notes.

I pressed PLAY on the CD player…and immediately they all began writing so quickly, I couldn’t see their hands! Their pens moved so fast, they began fanning the room!

I stopped the activity. “No! No! No!” I cried. “Don’t try to write down EVERY word!” They all looked up, confused.

Then I told them what I am going to tell you now:

The key to good note-taking isn’t writing MORE notes, it’s writing more EFFECTIVE notes.

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Five Reading Skills for Academic and Professional Success

Improve your reading skills at Language Link VietnamWhy do you read in English? Do you do it for pleasure? For work? Or do you read because you need to answer a question – from your teacher or on an English test? For many students, this last reason is most common.

People use different reading skills for different situations. For example, if you’re bored and looking through a magazine, you’re going to read differently than if you’re trying to answer questions on the IELTS.

In this post, we’re going to look at the kind of reading you do when you’re taking a test, such as IELTS or TOEFL. Understanding the kinds of questions you’re going to be asked will help you understand the strategies you need to answer them.

To put it another way, knowing why you’re reading can help you understand how to read.

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