Linking Words

Studying the English language in an English speaking country is the best but not the only way to learn the language.

Choose the correct word from the list to fill each gap. Note: sometimes more than 1 option is possible, but you should chose any of them

Linking words

Select one word for each gap. You can use each word ONCE ONLY; however, sometimes two options are possible.

You do NOT need to use all the words!

This activity is adapted from 202 Useful Exercises for IELTS

Studying a language in a country where it is widely spoken has many advantages. It is (1) a good idea to study English in a country such as Australia. (2) , undoubtedly it is not the only way to learn the language.

(3) , most students in non- English-speaking countries learn English at high school and sometimes at university nowadays. (4) their spoken English is not usually of very high standard, their knowledge of grammar is often quite advanced. (5) is certainly useful when students come to an English-speaking country to master the language.

(6) , studying the basics of English at secondary school is less stressful than learning the language while overseas. This is because students living at home do not have to worry about problems such as finding accommodation, paying for their study and living costs, and trying to survive in a foreign country where day to day living causes much stress.

(7) , there are obvious advantages of learning English in Australia. Every day there are opportunities to practise listening to and speaking with Australians. (8) , students can experience the culture first-hand, which is a great help when trying to understand the language. This is especially true if they choose to live with Australians, as part of a homestay family for example. (9) , when students attend a language school full-time, they improve (10) their speaking and listening skills, (11) reading and writing skills as well.

(12) , (13) it is preferable to study English in an English-speaking country, a reasonable level of English can be achieved in one's own country if a student is gifted and dedicated to study.