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English Language Support: Paraphrasing


There’s no quick fix when it comes to improving your paraphrasing skills; the better your reading skills, the more vocabulary you have in your bank and the more flexibility you have in playing with English sentence structure, the easier it becomes. So, in other words, anything that develops your vocabulary and grammatical range is time very well spent. Nonetheless, there are materials with a specific focus on paraphrasing, some of which are included here. 

Tips and techniques

  • Be inspired by your tutors! Actively learn the words and expressions academics use to express core concepts such as cause and effect, problem and solution, comparison and contrast etc.  

  • Apps can be useful! Avoid over reliance on apps- use them responsibly and they can be a useful learning tool, rather than just a short cut.

  • Immerse yourself in English! It’s all around you, if you choose, find ways to connect.

  • Use everything available! Take advantage of as many of the language development opportunities the university offers as possible.

Recommended books in the library

Recommended online resources

Paraphrasing in an Essay

For a practical guide with a good range of examples and techniques you can usefully try yourself. Click here to watch. 

What not to do

Newcastle University’s guide points out some useful ‘don’ts’: Click here to read

Academic English

For an all round resource with many links to specific English for Academic Purposes topics, have a look at this:  EAP resource bank

Languages for All

Sign up for Languages for All and get free extra English practice with the language learning application, Rosetta Stone. 

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