English Language Support

The links below are to external websites that provide information and advice to improve your English for academic purposes. Students who would like additional help with their English should contact the Director of Higher Education or Academic Coordinator who will organise for testing and remedial English classes to be conducted by GCA's Metro English College.


  • Academic Vocabulary This site will help you expand your academic vocabulary using the Academic Word List (AWL). Learning vocabulary from the AWL will help you improve your comprehension of academic texts. It will also help you write assignments in an academic style.

  • Academic Phrasebank You can use this site to assist you with your academic writing. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological "nuts and bolts" of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper, e.g. describing methods, reporting results or discussing findings.

  • List of Reporting Verbs This list will help you to use a variety of reporting verbs when referring to other people’s research in your writing.


  • Editing Your Writing (pdf) This guide provides some valuable hints on how to successfully edit your own writing. The guide includes common error codes used by editors and examples of common errors and their corrections.

  • Language Editing Checklist (pdf) Use this checklist after you have edited your writing to identify your weaknesses and common errors.


  • Guide to Grammar and Writing On this website, you can find an extensive guide to English grammar with example sentences and interactive quizzes.

  • Preposition List (pdf) This booklet by Josef Essberger lists 150 English prepositions and shows you examples of their use in context. You can also test your understanding of prepositions with quiz questions at the end of the booklet. (Answers are provided)

 Websites with ESL Resources 

  • ESL Resources for Students This is a page with links to resources that assist EAL students by answering general questions about the English language and helping with grammar problems, idioms, and academic conventions. It includes a large number of links to online courses, grammar sites, vocabulary activities and help with specific tasks.

  • Academic English Café On this site you can take free English language quizzes on grammar and writing topics, practice with real academic vocabulary, read model essays on many academic topics and listen to authentic English language programs.

  • Edufind The EduFind Online Test Centre is a site where you can work through fully interactive tests and educational games to improve your skills. There is no charge but you do have to register to use this resource and your browser must accept cookies and have Flash Player installed. Once you are registered you can also keep track of your test scores over time. While the test itself is free, it is part of a commercial site so there are some optional extras that require payment.

  • Activities for ESL Students This site has quizzes, bilingual quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language.

  • ESL Writing & Reading On this site, you can learn writing and reading skills that will help you through your academic career.

Reference was made to the James Cook University website (English as an Additional Language) to provide the above information.