Academic University English

Welcome to UnivEnglish:  University level English for Academic Purposes

Hi.  I'm Randal.  I am currently living in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  I was born in Canada, lived in California for 17 years and in Japan for two and a half year.  Here is a little more about myself.

About the Author:


  • MA in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Masters in Cultural and S.E. Asian Studies
  • California Community College Credentials in Philosophy, World Religions and Education (teaching English as a Second Language)
  • Extensive study and research in Education, Linguistics, Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Motivation
  • Studied Japanese and taught English in Japan for 2.5 years
  • Studied German, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Hmong (S.E. Asian Dialect)

University Teaching Experience: 

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (14 years)
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Irvine
  • California State Polytechnic University  

Program Development Experience

  • Developed university transition program for high school students entering university
  • Developed English program for immigrants seeking amnesty in the U.S.
  • Developed English program for a school district adult education program in California

World Travel

Japan, Bulgaria, Mexico, Italy, France, Netherlands, Belgium, England, U.S., Canada

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    Available courses

    This Module looks at the Continuous Verb Tense in English. (sometimes called Progressive Tense).  First there is a general explanation of when to use it.  Then there are real life examples of how to use the continuous tense.   Finally, there are exercises to practice the continuous tense.

    Simple Present Tense

    These exercises focus on the most common Academic Words.

    These are links to other websites where you can get explanations and find practice exercises.

    Five Sentence Patterns

    Conditionals are a type of cause and effect, but there are different choices for cause.   We can talk about simple cause and effect, causes that are possible, causes that are not possible, and causes that are not possible because we wish a cause was possible but it is not because the cause we chose already happened and we cannot change the past.

    The academic word list is a list of the most common words found in academic communication.   This course introduces the meaning of the word with links to an online dictionary and sentences which use the word in context.   Then, there is a longer reading which uses the words in context.   Exercises include sentence level fill-in-the-blank exercises and then paragraph level fill-in-the-blank exercises.