Materials from my Textbook and Lectures’ Handouts + Other Useful Resources (updated regularly!)


For all those interested… Since one of my recent books (namely, “The Language of Science,” including the latest 2016 edition  –  already fourth:) is out of print and hard to come by, I’ve decided to give you at least some access to it.

My friends, here you’ll find the latest version of Chapters 1-2 and other useful materials from the textbook.

Besides, here you can find my lectures’ handouts (plus additional handouts).

Hope this helps:)


My Textbook   Materials:

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MODULES   1-4   LECTURES’ HANDOUT  – newly revised, edited,  and updated.

The actual lectures cover much, much more!

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Additional Handouts

1.1_IlchAdditionalHandout_Logical Fallacies

2.2_IlchAdditionalHandout_LOGICAL CONNECTORS__revised July 2017

4.1_IlchAdditionalHandout_Online Listening Resources

4.2___Ilchenko_Additional Handout_Conversational Phrases

            see also: great material on CONVERSATION STARTERS (“icebreakers”)



                                                 OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS:

MICASE Spoken Academic English Formulas

Some of my Articles on Writing Essays,  Clear Writing and Etiquette

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Basic Essays’ Topics (various types of essays

Basic Essays Topics

 Sample Essays (written by Natalie Kramar, MI2, and myself:)

plagiarism essay_written by Natalie Kramar

Pros and Cons of Internet_written by Natalie Kramar

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Healthy Way of Living_written by MI2

Great Material on Writing Literature Reviews

And here are some useful links on the issues discussed during our “rump session,” so to speak:),  right after the lectures:

On Conference Abstracts (про тези доповідей на конференціях)

Writing Literature Reviews (про критичний огляд літератури)

My Example of a Book Review  рецензія на книгу (мій приклад)

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The Cornell Notes Method – a Useful Skill

Research Tips from the University at Buffalo:

Harvard College Writing Center

The University of Manchester  Academic Phrasebank

Purdue OWL   (Online Writing Lab)

University of Leicester  Writing Resources

Research Posters Tips


Khan Academy               

TED talks                          

ConferenceAlerts, worldwide

Excellent Writing: Examples and Ideas

Below you will find the links to some of Fred Schindler’s writings. He is the winner in the 29th annual Apex awards for Publication Excellence Competition. Fred’s columns in the IEEE Microwave Magazine, namely, “Is Smaller Better?”
 in the January 2016 issue, “My Great-Grandfather Was a Webmeister” (my personal favorite:) in the May 2016 issue and “Managers Too”  in the November 2016 issue received three Awards of Excellence. They all are beyond awesome!


IEEE Spectrum

National Geographic

The Economist   … and so many more …

Writing great essays (again:)

        ALSO,   writing in the disciplines:

a persuasive ad:

Musings on the subject:

On Roses


“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet”

is a line from “Romeo and Juliet” (1595) by William Shakespeare.

Umberto Eco’s debut novel is named “The Name of the Rose” (1980). In Italian, that’s “Il nome della rosa.” Also, Eco titled his essay on translation “A Rose by Any Other Name” (1994).

And here’s immortal Robert Burns:

“O my Luve’s like a red, red rose,
That’s newly sprung in June:
O my Luve’s like the melodie,
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.”

“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose” is a line from Gertrude Stein’s  poem “Sacred Emily” (1913). Here, the first “Rose” is the name of a person. “A rose is a rose is a rose” is a famous Stein’s quotation, usually interpreted as “things are what they are.” The sentence was paraphrased by Ernest Hemingway: “A stone is a stein is a rock is a boulder is a pebble”. Here, he alludes to Gertrude Stein’s last name, “Stein” means “ stone” in German). Hemingway parodied the phrase one more time in one of his books (do you recall which book it is?), when he wrote “a rose is a rose is an onion”.

Aldous Huxley paraphrased Stein’s words in his book, “Brave New World Revisited” (1958): “An apple is an apple is an apple, whereas the moon is the moon is the moon.”

To quote Laura Lemay’s book, “Teach Yourself Java in 21 Days”(1996),  the difference between upper and lowercase letters is the following:”A “rose” is not a “Rose” is not a “ROSE.”

Richard Dennis, a famous commodities speculator, wrote: “A trend is a trend is a trend”, Gertrude Stein would have said if she were a trader…”. (“The Whizkid of Futures Trading.” In: Business Week, December 6, 1982, p. 102).

And, finally, here’s what Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau used to say: “A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian.”

“Snow-White and Rose-Red” is a German fairy tale (in German: Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot).

The symbol of England is a red rose.

Some Rose Colors Meanings: 

White – Purity    Yellow – Friendship   Pink – Gratitude 

Red – Love and Romance   Orange – Desire   Lavender – Love at First Sight 

A White Rose (a poem by John Boyle O’Reilly)

The red rose whispers of passion,

And the white rose breathes of love;

O, the red rose is a falcon,

And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud

With a flush on its petal tips;

For the love that is purest and sweetest

Has a kiss of desire on the lips.