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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
What does referencing mean in an academic context?

Which of the following sentences would be inappropriate in an academic paper?

Which style of writing is better in an academic context?

How could ideal academic writing be summarized?

Which of the following words is more suited to academic English?

Which punctuation mark is rarely seen in academic textbooks?

Which of the following sentences is written in a more academic style?

Is it acceptable to give your personal opinion in an academic paper?

It is generally better to avoid idioms in academic writing.

What should you avoid in academic writing?


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148 Comments on “12 Common Errors in Academic English – and how to fix them!”


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nice lesson i enjoyed it .. i got 90% in the quiz :)

Friday, March 27th 2015

    I did not do that well on this quiz, but it was a lesson of great use Ahmed.

    Nice weekend!

    Sunday, April 12th 2015

      Academic report writing demands the development of specific skills such as the use of formal language, knowing how to cite your different sources properly,and how to develop clearly your ideas in the body of the report, to name just a few.

      Undoubtely, these tips will help us to develop better and better academic reports.

      Absorbing video lesson Rebecca.

      Thanks for sharing your valuable experience with all of us.

      Sunday, April 12th 2015

    Great! All the best.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Dear Ms.Rebecca,
thank you kindly, it has been an interresting lesson. I should like to wish you and your family a nice happy Easter. I pay my respect to you wonderful Prof. H

Friday, March 27th 2015

Dear Ms. Rebecca,
Thank you very much for your wonderful information. I hope other videos also in the days to come.

Friday, March 27th 2015

The quiz was difficult for me…but interesting. Thank you, Rebecca :)

Friday, March 27th 2015

The quiz was so helpful to me.. Thanks.

Saturday, March 28th 2015

Thanks, Very useful tips! Even in my own language!

Saturday, March 28th 2015

Thank you,Ms.Rebecca I like this one very much.

Saturday, March 28th 2015

Thank you Rebecca,

The video was informative. However, the excessive repetition of the words ‘okay’ and ‘alright’ was frustrating to some extent. The former was said 14 times and the latter was only four counts below it. This equates to the word ‘okay’ being uttered almost every 30 seconds of the video. In some instances these occurrences were only 5-10 seconds apart. This trait somewhat diminished the overall quality of this lesson.

Saturday, March 28th 2015

    Noted, and thanks. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

The video was informative and helpful.

Saturday, March 28th 2015

I got bad mark!!! I am trying to be good at English. thank for your helpful website

Saturday, March 28th 2015

9/10 :)

Saturday, March 28th 2015

Superb lesson. Very solid and useful summary. I’ve always suspected those nightmarish phrasal verbs to be common ;)

Saturday, March 28th 2015

thankyou for lesson

Saturday, March 28th 2015

I like this….Thank you so much:)

Saturday, March 28th 2015

Thank you

Saturday, March 28th 2015

rebecca…can you help me? actually my english in bad state..how can i master in english within 3 months? i need your idea…

Saturday, March 28th 2015

    Find an energetic and experienced teacher, join a class, read, write, listen, and use English as often as you can! If you are determined, you can achieve amazing results, but it does take a lot of effort. Have fun with it and keep saying “I speak English” every day, so you can start thinking of yourself as an English speaker. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

got 8 correct out of 10.
:)

Saturday, March 28th 2015

We cannot thank you enough for this enlightening Academic English lesson.How can we improve our academic English as ESL students ? Would you mind giving us tip about that ?

Saturday, March 28th 2015

    Aside from all the tips I have given in this lesson, you can get hold of books on Academic English specially designed for ESL students. There are many such books available and they will help you. All the best.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Thank you for the lesson. It is really helpful :).

Saturday, March 28th 2015

Thank you, Rebecca.

Saturday, March 28th 2015

Thanks teacher Rebecca, this lesson is excellent. Greetings from Mexico.

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Thank you, Rebecca.

Sunday, March 29th 2015

I got 70 score from its quiz, it is a very useful lesson and i learned more. thank you for your cooperation to provide this videos.

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Do yo have any proofreading unit to proofread our topics and essays?

Sunday, March 29th 2015

thank you for this informative lesson . I really like to get more and more classes to rich my English .

Sunday, March 29th 2015

    Thanks. And just to help you out, you want to enrich your English. All the best.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

I’m grateful for your lesson)

Sunday, March 29th 2015

It’s my first lesson on Engvid. Thank you, very much! 70 score. I will try again to watch for 100.

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Thank you.Definitely,this lesson helps us to improve in the writing.

Sunday, March 29th 2015

It is a good useful lesson. Thank you teatcher)

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Woohoo, 10 correct! Thank you))

Sunday, March 29th 2015

hey its a spelling mistake its not teatcher
its a teacher
you wrote test and doing mistakes ha

Sunday, March 29th 2015

    Of course -a teacher, may be I was not attentive…

    Tuesday, March 31st 2015

This lesson shows us exactly the necessity of Academic English: to speak as the professor do and to write like the texbook… (great deal to practice! I said, as student)

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Thanks Rebecca. Cool!

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Thanks Rebecca. I love yours lessons.

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Thank you for the guidance. I never cared for all these mistakes before.

Thank you for correcting me.

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Dear Rebecca,
If I understand, according this particular lesson, you are our best reference like professor on the site engVid. I am grateful to you for your performance.
Best regards.

Sunday, March 29th 2015

    Thank you kindly. My best wishes to you.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Thanks,well presented madam Rebecca

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Very useful information. I really appreciate your videos.

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Easy to understand!
Thanks a lot Rebecca!

Sunday, March 29th 2015

2. Which of the following sentences would be inappropriate in an academic paper?
The committee can’t understand the reason for the labour dispute.
The committee cannot understand the reason for the labour dispute.

Can you explai why the second sentence was not right. ( whereas, in the first sentence they have used contraction)

Sunday, March 29th 2015

    Because the main word in the question “inappropriate” so you had to choose the first sentence…

    Saturday, April 4th 2015

    You are right. The first sentence would be inappropriate because a contraction was used. The second sentence is fine. All the best!

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

I got 90%. Thank you Rebecca it is a smart lesson.
Thanks you and greeting from Sudan

Sunday, March 29th 2015

Totally in agree. Really interesting, Rebeca, many thanks.

Monday, March 30th 2015

Ver usefull, Thanks for continue uploading tons of content

Monday, March 30th 2015

thanks you, Rebecca. But. it’s very hard for me /

Monday, March 30th 2015

Thank you Rebecca It was hard excercise for me but it’s very interesting.

Monday, March 30th 2015

Thank you Teacher:D Rebecca
I got 50 score on the quiz.
I will fix them~!

Monday, March 30th 2015

Hello, Rebecca! Your lesson was very helpful as usually. Besides, we can apply your tips when we are wrinting in our mother tongue too.

Monday, March 30th 2015

Thanks for Rebecca ; useful notes

Monday, March 30th 2015

Interesting!! i got 90 ^^

Monday, March 30th 2015

Interesting , i got 80 , thank you very much Rebecca for this lesson , we need more academic expressions , please do another lesson again

Monday, March 30th 2015

I got 9/10, I very happy to improve my English through this lesson.

Monday, March 30th 2015

10/10 Very good lesson and very nice teacher! Thanks!

Monday, March 30th 2015

thank you very much.very informative lesson

Monday, March 30th 2015

good lesson, rebecca. 100 points

Monday, March 30th 2015

Thanks Mam Rebecca, again I got 90% in the lesson. Best wishes.

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

I wish you remember me. When visiting at LOS ANGELES CITY. In downtown YOU said you have big dig you don’t know how TO DO!

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Thank you, it is very helpful knowing those tips in writing.

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Oh my God, I’ve got all the answers correct without watching the video. I’m really good. Thanks .

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Nice lesson I got all answers correct in the test . This is very useful . THANK YOU REBECCA. I WOULD LIKE TO LEARN ABOUT ANTONYMS . I HOPE WE’LL HAVE THIS LESSON VERY SOON . I HOPE THAT MY DESIRE WILL BE FULFILLED .. LOVE AND GREETINGS FROM ALBANIA … <3

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

HI! Dear Rebecca
I do not know how to thank you… your lessons always motivated me to learn more english. thank you

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

Hello Rebaca it was absolutely nice as usual ,interesting and perfect for me ;thanks again and happy Easter Dear Ms.Rebecca,

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

    Hum hum, yeah, of course.

    Friday, April 3rd 2015

    Hi Preemy! Can you add me at skype? So, we can to practice through writing or speaking.
    This is my skype:

    wellington.porto.brito

    Have a nice day. Bye!

    Thursday, April 9th 2015

      NO SORRY ONLY WRITTING EMAILS
      THANKS HAPPY HOLIDAYS

      Sunday, December 27th 2015

9/10 In the second question, I made a precipitated reading and as a consequence, I choosed wrong answer. Of course, we must never use contractions.
In conclusion, if you have an academic IELTS in your horizon, you ought to speak and write English, formal and objective.

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

According to this video, the considerable issue for me are that: 1) I do not know too much high level English; 2) I do not know which word is belongs to high level English…

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

Hi Rebecca, and everybody,
I was teached to write as you mention, but one thing disturbed me in the last days, it is about this quote:

“Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.”
Kurt Vonnegut

What do you think about it? THANK YOU

Wednesday, April 1st 2015

    Well, famous people can afford to make jokes! In real life, which tends to have pretty standardized expectations, it’s not so bad to write like you’ve been to college. All the best!

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

This lesson has considerable improved my knowledge of Academic English. Once again excellent teaching. Thank you.

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

I got 9 out of 10 this time, not bad, I should be more carefully with academic English.

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

Nice, I got 80% :)

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

Thanks very much Rebecca.

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

Useful lesson. But I want to know the reason.

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

    just make it more official

    Thursday, April 16th 2015

i have a probem in playing a video how i play video

Friday, April 3rd 2015

thank you for your lesson it is important to learn and use them.
I got 90%(9 out of 10) in the quiz

Friday, April 3rd 2015

thank you very much for the lesson, Which I have shared with my daughter and her friends who will take an exam in May
I encourage them to learn the list of formal and informal word you put on the engVid.
I become EngDiv “addict”
Mathilde

Friday, April 3rd 2015

    Hey, Mathilde, thank you so much for watching our lessons and very happy to know you find them helpful enough to share with others. Please check our resources page, also, for lots of useful advice on improving your English. I wish you all the best.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Appreciated. very helpful.

Saturday, April 4th 2015

Thanks for such an informative lecture. Although, I have done my studies with english as a medium of learning, but yes I find a gap. Essentially, I find this gap during speaking sessions or at the time of writing a research paper- an academic part. I believe in myself that I can improve both my writing and speaking part with your informative lectures. May God bless you – Amen.

Saturday, April 4th 2015

    Thank you kindly. You do write well. I wish you all the best.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Thank you, thank you and thank you!

With gratitude.

I’m an Associates degree student and this lesson is very helpful to me, it is just like I was searching of.

Sunday, April 5th 2015

    So glad you found the lesson helpful. All the best.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Thanks, Rebecca .
This lesson let me know how more polite to ask or answer someone. Thanks for your teaching.

Sunday, April 5th 2015

Thank you Rebecca i get a new information

Tuesday, April 7th 2015

Thank you

Tuesday, April 7th 2015

thanks

Tuesday, April 7th 2015

Thank you. I got 80

Tuesday, April 7th 2015

thsnks alot i had 100%

Tuesday, April 7th 2015

Thank you Rebecca. The lesson is informative and got 90% on the quiz.

Wednesday, April 8th 2015

Very interesting lesson. Thank you very much. I got 90 percent.

Thursday, April 9th 2015

Great! Specially for those who are practicing for IELTS Academic.

Thursday, April 9th 2015

secured 100%…the result says i learnt something today….thank you rebecca

Saturday, April 11th 2015

Hi Rebecca, thanks for this great website¡ I’m very glad I can be your linguistic partner :-)

Keep enjoying and teaching the world your warmth, caring, and love of the English language¡ :-)

Saturday, April 11th 2015

    Thanks so much for your kind words. Always a pleasure to hear from a fellow English teacher. Let us know if your students have any special problems and we may be able to record a lesson for them. All the best to you and your students.

    Wednesday, July 15th 2015

Thank you Miss Rebecca . Valuable notes we need in academic life.

Sunday, April 12th 2015

Thank You Rebecca

Sunday, April 12th 2015

Thanks Mrs.!!!

Sunday, April 12th 2015

Thank you Rebecca!!

Tuesday, April 14th 2015

no words awsme

Wednesday, April 15th 2015

100%. Very helpful lesson. Thaks!!!

Monday, April 20th 2015

Thanks Rebecca, it was an excellent video. I am wondering if have any website that you recommend, which contains academic words and setting phases for academic writing?

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

Thank you Rebecca, very importan lesson.
Could you prepare a lesson on the differences between somehow and somewhat please?
im advance thank you very much
greetings from Chile
Best regards

Thursday, April 23rd 2015

Thank you Rebecca, this lesson helped me alot.

Thursday, April 30th 2015

thank you Rebecca.

Monday, May 4th 2015

It is helpful, thanks

Monday, May 4th 2015

The tips are really useful, thank you!

Thursday, May 7th 2015

exellent

Saturday, May 9th 2015

love it, thanks.

Tuesday, May 12th 2015

Thank you for the lesson!:)

Wednesday, May 13th 2015

thanks teacher

Thursday, May 14th 2015

Thanks for your guidance..it will be a great help.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

Teacher, Rebecca, many thanks for your clear explanation about the topic. I got it.

Thursday, June 4th 2015

Thank Rebeca

Wednesday, July 1st 2015

great lesson thank you Rebeca
and thank you engvid

Thursday, July 2nd 2015

Glad to know that many of you found the lesson on Academic English helpful. It is critical when studying at an English-medium school, college or university or when writing academic essays, tests and assignments. All the best to you.

Wednesday, July 15th 2015

HELLO, Rebecca. i did the quiz, and i got confused about the number two. I choosed the option with: “Can not, as you say in the video that we need to avoid the contractions, but when i’ve finished it was wrong. why? explain it to me, please.

Friday, July 17th 2015

Good lesson! This lesson helps me clarify some questions!
Already subscribed!

Monday, July 27th 2015

Rebecca, thank you for all of your inspiring lessons!!!!! You are a great teacher!!!

Wednesday, September 9th 2015

thanks for the lesson :) that helps me :)

Friday, September 25th 2015

Thanks.These videos are very comprehensive. Ms.Rebecca’s teaching style is quite attractive.

Saturday, October 10th 2015

10/10
Hello Rebecca,
I am a spanish teacher. I think you are a very good teacher. Your explanations are very interesting and I hope you make me feel so happy with your lessons (I know it is not correct use personal opinions in a formal writing).
Thank you so much.
Regards!

Saturday, November 7th 2015

overall this lesson was amazing…i really like your way of teaching

Friday, November 20th 2015

2. Which of the following sentences would be inappropriate in an academic paper?
The committee can’t understand the reason for the labour dispute.(correct as per quiz results)
The committee cannot understand the reason for the labour dispute.(correct as per your lesson tells)

Teacher Rebecca can you please justify above question? as you taught us in the lesson that avoid contractions in academic english use “is not” instead of “isn’t” but your above answer of question confuses me…Help!!

Friday, November 20th 2015

sorry i misunderstood the word “inappropriate” mixing it with “appropriate”…please ignore my above stupid query

Friday, November 20th 2015

Sorry it was very hard to understand nor used it while writing but I will try again thanks anyway dear REBECCA

Sunday, December 27th 2015

I got 90% yay. Thank you, rebecca

Thursday, January 7th 2016

9 out of 10 Great!!

Saturday, January 16th 2016

Are these rules used in all countries like USA, Canada and UK?

Saturday, January 23rd 2016

It was an enjoyable lesson.

Monday, January 25th 2016

7/10

Monday, March 7th 2016

According to the quiz result, I got 60. so bad. but however I thank to Rebecca and all tutor of engvid.com it was very useful for me.

Monday, June 27th 2016

Hello Rebecca,

I hope you will be able to read my comment because this is the only way I can ask you a question. I got perfect 10 on the quiz. By the way, my question is related to the IELTS exam. In IELTS academic writing are we still need to avoid idioms? Or it is just applicable to Universities and colleges?

Thank you for taking time reading my comment.

Sunday, July 24th 2016

7/10. thank you

Thursday, September 1st 2016

Please be advised this is NOT academic writing: yay I got 100% Whoot, whoot!lol

Sunday, October 16th 2016

The mentioned information and writing techniques are useful and practical.

Sunday, November 13th 2016
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