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Why this topic is important

Where do I start?

Do I need Starter or Development Level?
- Starter Level Skill Check
- Development Level Skill Check

- Starter Level Advice
- Starter Level Practice
- Starter Level Checklist

- Development Level Advice
- Development Level Practice
- Development Level Checklist


Main Rules of Written English - Topic Information

This topic is split into two levels, Starter and Development:

  • Starter: the basics if your writing is to be understood at university.
  • Development: builds on the Starter Level. It covers the aspects of writing needed to get the grades you deserve.

The topic has three main sections, which are described below. To access the sections, use the menu on the left of the screen.

Where do I start?

This section suggests ways of using this topic.

Do I need Starter or Development Level?

This has Skill Checks to help you find out which aspects of your writing you need to improve and at what level, Starter or Development. Begin with the Starter Level Skill Check.

Advice and Practice

For each item in the menu there is Advice and also Practice exercises. Once you are in Advice or Practice you can move between them by clicking on the 'tabs' at the top of their menus.

Advice explains the rules which apply to an item and gives examples.

The Practice exercises help you practise using those rules of written English required to write in the way needed for university courses, where you often have to use longer, more complex sentences in order to express complex ideas. The effectiveness of your writing will affect your marks and grades.

Check you are confident about the Starter Level before moving onto the Development Level.


Use these to check and improve every piece of written work you do, before you hand it in.


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