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Lectures’ Handouts + Materials From My Textbook, Dictionary + Other Useful Resources


Making the complex simple! You’ve come to the right place:) So, for all those interested: since one of my recent books, namely, “The Language of Science,” is out of print and hard to come by, I’ve decided to give you  some access to it. My friends, here are my lectures’ handouts (Modules 1-4) and some stuff from my textbook. All newly revised and updated: see, for example, materials on analysing visuals/infographics, writing argumentative essays and research papers etc. The actual lectures and the textbook cover much, much more! Hope this helps:) Enjoy!


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MICASE Spoken Academic English

Writing Argumentative Essays:

Harvard College Writing Center

The University of Manchester  Academic Phrasebank

University of Leicester Resources 

Writing for Science: 

How to analyze and present numerical data:

Responding to questions effectively:

On Conference Abstracts: про тези доповідей на наукових конференціях Also: Research Posters Tips: про стендові доповіді


Useful Conversational Phrases _useful_conversational phrases

TED Talk: Speaking Tips for Scientists    (with the transcript!)

6 speaking tips for scientists and engineers

This amazing video comes with the transcript, too!

The term “icebreaker” comes from special ships called “icebreakers” (укр. криголами) that break up ice in the arctic regions. And just as these ships make it easier for other ships to navigate, conversational ice breakers  are little  tricks (you might call them “openers” or “interest devices”) that help you do just that: break the ice, relax, have fun, and start communicating!


STUDY SKILLS AND RESOURCES:  The Cornell Notes Method:


Open Yale Courses




The Open University


Books and Blogs I Read and Recommend (updated regularly)


Let’s see what’s on my reading list. First, let me classify the stuff under this category.

  • quality newspapers, journals, magazines, websites
  • mainly scholarly books on the language of science and other relevant resources
  • some stuff for bookaholics, and just for fun

Journals & Newspapers

  • IEEE Spectrum
  • Scientific American
  • Time
  • Newsweek
  • The Guardian
  • The Telegraph
  • The Atlantic
  • National Geographics
  • The Economist
  • Harward Business Review
  • The New York Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Financial Times
  • The New Yorker
  • The New York Review of Books
  • London Review of Books


Cambridge Dictionary       

Macmillan Dictionaries

Collins COBUILD Dictionary

Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries

The Best Online Dictionaries





Oxford University Press blog : Academic Insights for the Thinking World           

LingQ  :  an Exciting  Languages Learning Project by Steve Kaufmann


Khan Academy                 

Future of Working website

Quora website                   

Beall’s list                           

Cabell’s Predatory Journal Blacklist

David Crystal’s  books (all of them, but especially “The Stories of English”) and blog

Ken Hyland‘s writings

Beth Luey

Laurence Behrens, Leonard Rosen

time-tested  (but also being mildly to sharply criticized these days) “Strunk&White”

Adrian Wallwork

William Zinsser

Joseph M. Williams   books

Stephen Wilbers

 Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams

writings by Helen Sword, Steven Pinker,  Stephen Heard, Inger Mewburn, Joshua Schimel, Randy Olson, Edward de Chazal, Kenneth Mahrer, Fred Schindler, Hilary Glasman-Deal, Paula LaRocque, Norman Eng, Ivan Megela

Steven Darian‘s books (all of them, but especially  “Understanding The Language of Science” and  “The Tools of the Trade: Technique in Nonfiction”

Emma Darwin’s blog       

Shane Parrish blog          

Nancy Duarte’s blog        

The Thesis Whisperer     


The Good Supervisor       

Research Voodoo              

The PhD Proofreaders    

Open Culture                      


Storytelling with Data     


View at

Randi Reppen. Grammar and Beyond  –  by far the best course to learn English – 4 parts, A1 to C1 levels

Paul McFedries      

Michael Quinion   

Language Log         

Harvard College Writing Center

Harvard Brief Guides to Writing in the Disciplines

The University of Manchester   Academic Phrasebank

Purdue OWL   (Online Writing Lab)

University of Leicester  Writing Resources

Research Tips from The University at Buffalo

The Cornell Notes Method

Inside Higher Education

Know Your Phrase         

Grammaring    e.g.

Verbatim (it also has an extensive list of useful links)

Language Log

Blog on Linguistics

Steven Darian, Olga Ilchenko 
Impact: writing for business, technology and science [Text] / Steven Darian, Olga Ilchenko; Nat. acad. of sciences of Ukraine, Research a. educational center for foreign lang. – 2nd ed. – Kyiv : Akademperiodyka, 2012. – 231 p. – (Project “Ukrainian scientific book in a foreign language”). – ISBN 978-966-360-196-0

Technique in creative writing [Text] / Steven Darian, Olga Ilchenko ;
[Nat. acad. of sciences of Ukraine, Research and educational center for
foreign languages] = Секрети красного письменства / Стівен Деріен,
Ольга Ільченко. – 2nd. ed. – Kyiv : Akademperiodyca, 2015. – 100, [1] p. –
(Project «Ukrainian scientific book in a foreign language»). – ISBN 978-966-360-283-7


Some other useful stuff for bookaholics, students, and teachers of English…

Espresso English with Shayna

Questia     e.g.

Quote Investigator: Exploring the Origins of Quotations Continue reading

What’s your favorite Bond movie?

Mine is Skyfall, hands down…

And here are some of my favorite Skyfall lines:

Age is no guarantee of efficiency. Q

Youth is no guarantee of innovation.  James Bond

Sometimes the old ways are the best. Eve

Doctor Hall: Agent?
James Bond: Provocateur.
Doctor Hall: Woman?
James Bond: Provocatrix.
Doctor Hall: Heart?
James Bond: Target.

James Bond: Will your friends be joining us?
Severine: That, I’m afraid, is inevitable.

Silva: Huh, you’re trying to remember your training now. What’s the regulation to cover this? Well, first time for everything. Yes?
James Bond: What makes you think this is my first time?

James Bond: Are you ready?
Kincade: I was ready before you were born, son.

Silva: You see what comes of all this running around, Mr. Bond? All this jumping and fighting, it’s exhausting. Relax. You need to relax.

Gareth Mallory: So, 007. Lots to be done. Are you ready to get back to work?
James Bond: With pleasure, M. With pleasure.


“Continuous Music” by Lyubomyr Melnyk

Lubomyr Melnyk (born December 20, 1948) is a composer and pianist of Ukrainian descent. His unique technique is called “continuous music”: it is based on rapid note-series. Lubomyr is known as the fastest playing pianist in the world.

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