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Essays are a common form of assessment at universities in Australia. Johana Luhur shares her advice on seeking help with essay writing:

"I usually ask the teacher if I am not sure what to do. Essays have a certain structure which is different from other pieces of writing, such as reports."

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When you're eating with other people, there are a number of phrases you can use to offer suggestions about food and drink.
E.g. 'Perhaps we should order a salad.'
E.g. 'The food is really delicious isn't it?'
E.g. 'We have ordered too much food for four people.'
E.g. 'Don't you think this reminds you of your mother's cooking?'

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What is the difference between 'fit' and 'suit'? How can you use them in everyday conversation? Find out below!

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In Australia, you may hear someone say that they are 'knackered' which can mean they are very tired.
"I have had a massive day at uni, I'm completely knackered."

You may also hear people say they are ‘broken’. It does not mean they have split into two. They are just talking about being very tired.

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Written English tests usually relate to current issues in society.

You can expect to be asked about topics such as the media, education, environment, health, communication and technology.

You will also be asked to give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience. Reasons are saying why you think something is true or not.

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Meet Amon and her twin brother Ayual who just arrived in Australia from Africa. They tell us how they are learning English and getting ready to go to school.

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A 'prerequisite' is a course that you're required to study in order to enrol in other courses at university or uni.
"The first-year course on writing sentences is a pre-requisite for the second-year course on writing a novel."

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'Have to', 'must' and 'should have' are words we can use when we are giving suggestions to someone.

E.g. 'You have to water the plant or it will die.'
E.g. 'You must water the plant or it will die.'

For things that are not necessary we say should. We say should have for things we think would have been good to do in the past.
E.g. 'You should fertilise plants to make them grow well.'
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If you're looking for a place to stay in Australia, these are some useful words you should know.
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When a couple is planning to get married, they usually get engaged first. At this stage, the man is referred to as the 'fiancé' and the woman is referred to as the 'fiancée'. 'Fiancé' and 'fiancée' are spelt differently but they are pronounced in the same way.
"My parents met my fiancé yesterday."

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Sport is a common topic in English tests and it’s important to be familiar with the words used to talk about it.

Different verbs are used for different sports.
E.g. 'I play football.'
Some sports and activities have their own verbs.
E.g. 'I swim.'

A 'coach' is a teacher of sport.

'Coach' can be a noun.
E.g 'The football coach wants every team to train twice a week.'
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How do you use English in an English-speaking country like Australia?

Meet these students from the University of Technology Sydney who share their tips on academic English, essay writing, starting a conversation with native speakers and practising English outside of class.

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Once you have graduated, you are known as a 'graduate'. In this case, it is used as a noun and it is pronounced differently.
"I'm with all the other graduates."

If you go on to study further and do another degree, you are known as a 'postgraduate'. In this case, 'postgraduate' is used as a noun.
"The conference was attended by postgraduates and their professors."
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'I', 'me', 'we' and 'us' are examples of first person pronouns. We use them to talk about ourselves.

E.g. 'I enjoy learning English.'
E.g. 'Listen carefully to me.'
E.g. 'We want to help you.'
E.g. 'Listen carefully to us.'

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If you hear someone say they are 'flat out', it means they are very busy.
E.g. 'This is my first week at uni. I’m flat out. I’ll have to meet you another time.'

If someone says 'far out', it means that something is surprising or shocking.
E.g. 'Far out! I left my phone at home and I only realised it when I got to uni.'

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To 'graduate' means to complete a degree usually at a university. The past form is 'graduated'.

When a person is 'graduating', they are going to be given a degree. They get a certificate saying they have completed the course.

"I'm graduating at the end of this year."
The noun is 'graduation'.

"It's important to attend my sister's graduation ceremony."

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The tone of a letter can be formal or informal, depending on who is going to read it.

This is more formal:
'I am writing to enquire about the cost of your English program.'
This is less formal:
'I am writing to ask about the cost of your English program.'

This is more formal:
'This is due to the fact that teaching costs have increased.'
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Do you know what 'pull your socks up' means? Or what about 'sock it to me'?
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