Making Self-Study Tips- Linking Words Practice

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Making Self-Study Tips- Linking Words Practice
Choose one of the topics below and give some advice on how to study to improve that 
thing, e.g. 
“You should listen to Australian radio” for the topic “accents”. Talk about your 
opinions or experience or the experiences and opinions of other people. Your partner will 
then add something to what your advice with one of the linking words below, e.g. “
How-
ever, it might be a bit too difficult”. Then change roles and do the same. 
Self-study topics to give advice on
academic English
accent(s)
apps
bad language learners
body language/ gestures
business English (meetings, negotiations, etc)
children’s books/ TV
comprehension
computer translation
confidence
conversation exchange
cultural differences/ cultural training
dictionary
error correction
exams/ tests
functional language/ Everyday English (travel English, etc)
good language learners
grammar
idioms/ slang
listening (podcasts, etc)
memorization (flashcards, etc)
news
pausing/ silence
phrase book
pronunciation (intonation, individual sounds, minimal pairs, etc)
radio
reading (graded readers, reading for pleasure, etc)
recording yourself
review/ revision
self-study books
shadow reading
Skype lessons
songs/ lyrics
speaking (fluency, accuracy, free conversation, etc)
study group
subtitles
teleconferences/ video conferences
translation
vocabulary lists
writing

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

Useful language for making statements about self-study
In my experience,…
I have found that…
I heard that…
Many people believe that…
… is really popular
I agree... What is more,…
I’m not sure that I agree. 
Linking words to add to your partner’s advice on language learning
also
although
as
as a result
as well (as)
at first
because (of)
but
despite/ in spite of
e.g.
even if
even though
first of all/ firstly
for example/ for instance
furthermore
however
i.e.
if
in addition
in conclusion
in contrast
(in order) to
in the end
moreover
nonetheless/ nevertheless
on the contrary
on the other hand
since
so (that)
such as
the reason for this is
therefore
though
thus
unless
whereas
while
Find similar linking words above and explain any differences between them.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016

What are the differences in meaning, grammar and/ or punctuation between the linking ex-
pressions on each line below? (All of them are at least slightly different). 

also/ moreover

although/ however

as well/ as well as

at first/ first of all

because/ because of

because/ so that

but/ however

despite/ however

e.g./ i.e.

even if/ even though

however/ in contrast 

however/ whereas

in contrast/ on the contrary

nonetheless/ nevertheless

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2016