What's New in CILL

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New 16 April 2008

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New on 5 February 2008

  • Meetings Scenario - in a cartoon of a business meeting choose what your character will say.

New on 16 January 2008

  • Memo Guidelines - a common style for how to write memos, and an activity.

New on 8 January 2008

New on 20 December 2007

  • Report Writing: Introductions - a page to help you understand the content and grammar of report introductions. It contains explanations, an example and an exercise.

New on 27 September 2007

  • Concern - how to use concern correctly

New on 5 September 2007

New on 23 April 2007

New on 5 March 2007

New on 25 September 2006

New on 7 March

New on 27 February

New on 19 February

  • Enquiry letter replies - describes the content and language of letters of enquiry, with example letters. Includes an exercise.

New on 7 February

New on 3 February

  • Enquiry letters - describes the content, language and organisation of letters of enquiry. Includes an exercise.

New on 24 January

  • Verbs of Knowledge and Opinion - this exercise is to help you to avoid common confusions between the uses of the verbs know, learn, understand, think and believe.

New on 19 January 2006

New on 17 January 2006

New on 14 January 2006

New on 16 November

New on 8 November

New on 5  November

New on 28 October

New on 19 October

  • Vowel game -  for groups to practise IPA vowel sounds; e.g. /I/, /i:/, /e/ and /æ/

New on 20 September

New on 11 September

New on 7 September

New on 7 June

New on 5 May

New on 30 March

New on 9 March

New on 2 February

New on 12 January 2005

New on 7 December

New on 16 November

New on 11 November

  • The Sounds of British English in the IPA (International Phonemic Alphabet) chart

New on 5 November

New on 12 October


New on 11 October

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New on 30 September

New on 24 September

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New on 30 August

New on 2 June

New on 19 April

New on 8 April

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New on 3 April


New on 31 March

New on 30 March

  • Report Introductions - a text-reconstruction exercise to help you remember the language of the introduction to a report.

New on 29 March

New on 23 March


New on 12 March

  • Describing Numbers - an explanation, a program to write and speak a number, and an exercise

New on 5 March 2004

  • Reference Letter Writer - fill in the boxes and the computer will give you a correctly-formatted reference letter

New on 24 February 2004


New on 6 February 2004


New on 30 January 2004


New on 30 December 2003


New on 23 December 2003

  • Adjective order - what order to write or say adjectives in, and a technique to help you to memorise them.


New on 19 December 2003


New on 14 November 2003


New on 10 November 2003

  • Synthesis - information and examples of how to describe different opinions, how to analyse them, and how to give your own opinion.


New on 7 November 2003


New on 3 November 2003


New on 24 October 2003

New on 29 September 2003


New on 20 September 2003


New on 15 September 2003


New on 1 September 2003


New on 26 July 2003

  • Prepositions - at, in, on. Shoot the aliens to win. Games: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. (Internet Explorer only)
  • Prepositions - of, for and from. Shoot the aliens to win. Games: 1, 2 and 3. (Internet Explorer only)


New on 23 July 2003

  • Collocations - contains links to the vocabulary; e.g. 'meet', and a matching exercise
  • Collocations - contains links to the vocabulary; e.g. 'express' and a matching exercise.
  • Collocations - contains links to the vocabulary; e.g. 'empirical' and a matching exercise.

New on 30 May 2003

  • Academic Vocabulary - lists of academic words. You can click the links for definitions, example sentences and pronunciations.

New on 22 April 2003

  • Report Correction Exercise - correct these common errors made by students in report writing, so that you can avoid making the same mistakes.

New on 10 April 2003

New on 9 April 2003

New on 8 April 2003

New on 6 February 2003

  • Memo Headings - making the organisation of your memos more reader-friendly

New on 16 January 2003

New on 13 December 2002

  • Trends Headings - this exercise shows how to use headings when describing trends. Includes an exercise.
  • Letter of Adjustment (Reply to a Letter of Complaint) spot-the-mistake exercise.

New on 21 June 2002

New on 27 April 2002

New on 10 April 2002.

New on 14 March 2002.

New on 21 February 2002.

  • Collocations 1 - adjectives that collocate with: display, apologies, funds, judgement, estimate, investigation, compensation, achievement, interest, incident, offer and news.
  • Collocations 2 - verbs that collocate with: arrangements, communication, instructions, a memo, procedures, damage, evidence, an image, the facts, the grounds for..., apologies and our deepest concerns.
  • Workplace Idioms - Explanation and Examples, Exercise 1, Exercise 2.

New on 11th February 2002.
Problem words - exercise on the differences between some commonly confused words. Includes links to pronunciation, definitions and examples.

New on 26th November 2001.
Presentation Planner - helps you to write presentations by asking you for all the necessary sections of a presentation. It then produces printable notecards and a script. It also reads your presentation to you to help with your pronunciation.

New on 30th October 2001.

Using Sources (References) - correct the in-text referencing errors in these sentences.

New on 23rd October 2001.

Using Sources (References) - correct the bibliographic referencing errors in these references.

New on 8th October 2001.

Cause and Effect - this exercise introduces the vocabulary and grammar needed to describe causes and effects. Includes an exercise.

New on 5th October 2001.

Categorisation - this exercise introduces the vocabulary and grammar needed for the function of categorisation, and includes a short exercise to help you check that you understand.

New on 3rd October 2001.

Describing trends - some useful vocabulary and a gap-fill exercise.

New on 27th September 2001.

Functions - exercise ondefinition, comparison and contrast.

New on 17 July 2001.

Idea Web - a mind map tool for organising and prioritising your ideas to help you organise your essays and presentations.

New on 3 July 2001.

Organisation Tool - type your ideas into the boxes in this program, then re-order them with the 'Up' and 'Down' buttons. You can then print out the re-ordered ideas. Saves you time because this is easier than doing it on paper.

New on 18 April 2001.

CILL Monthly Theme: Health - click here to see the posters, the answers to the questions on the posters, and links to useful sites on the theme of health.


New on 14 March 2001.

Resume Writer - a program to help you write and format your resume

New on 29 January 2001.

EIW Materials


New on 5 December 2000.

ELC Materials on Presentations.


New on 8 November 2000.

Summary, Quotation or Paraphrase - how to decide which one to use in your academic essays.


New on the 10th October 2000

We have audio books that you can read and listen to at the same time. They include:

  • Animal Farm
  • Drink with the Devil
  • Motivation and Goal Setting


New on the 5th September 2000

EAP Homework Suggestions


New on the 28th August 2000

Diagnostic Grammar Test - find out your grammar problems and how to solve them


New on the 7th July 2000

Job Application Letter Writer - fill in the spaces and this program will write your job application for you!


New on the 27th June 2000

Job application grammar game. Shoot down the aliens as they attack the Polytechnic! ONLY WORKS IN INTERNET EXPLORER, best at a resolution of 800 x 600.


New on the 13th June 2000

Details for the Sounds Pronunciation Program.


New on the 30th May 2000

Advanced Dictionary Skills Site - Improve your grammar, vocabulary and writing by learning how use dictionaries faster and more efficiently.


New on 10th May 2000

Vocabulary: Common Confusions - a developmental quiz with feedback.


New on 6th May 2000.

Job Interview Quiz on the content and grammar of interview answers.


New on 25th April 2000.

Exercise on Articles and Geography - teaches you the correct articles to use before countries, cities, islands, mountains, lakes, seas and oceans.


New on 23rd March 2000.

Practice materials for the 'Graduating Students' Language Proficiency Assessment' Test. This is an English test for many HKPU third-year students. We now have the official practice materials for this test, including booklets and audio CDs for the listening section. Come to CILL to prepare for this test, as these materials are not available on the Internet.



New on 11th March 2000.

Minutes of the student committee meeting of 10 March 2000. Find out the plans for CILL.


New on 2nd March 2000.

The Student Committee - a group of students representing the interests of CILL users. Click here to find out more.



New on 1st February 2000.

CILL Materials for the ELC English in the Workplace Course


New on 17th December 1999.

Exercise on ordering useful phrases for different stages of a presentation.


New on 29th November 1999.

Assessment submission form. Use this form to submit your written assessments to your teacher over the internet.


New on 27th November 1999.

Checklist for Assessment Four. This checklist will help you to plan your presentation.


New on 18th November 1999.

Reference machine: fill in the boxes to make a correctly formatted reference.

New on 12th November 1999.

Checklist for Assessment Three. This checklist will help you to assess and proof-read your writing.


New on 22nd October 1999.

Checklist for Assessment Two. This checklist will help you to assess and proof-read your writing.


New on 9th September 1999.

Lists of CILL materials to help with EAP (English for Academic Purposes):

  • EAP - Unit 2 - Materials for Participating in Academic Discussion Groups
  • EAP - Unit 3 - Materials for Academic Writing
  • EAP - Unit 4 - Materials for Structuring Academic Writing
  • EAP - Unit 5 - Materials for Citing Sources
  • EAP - Unit 6 - Materials for Expressions and Style in Academic Writing
  • EAP - Unit 7 - Materials for Assessing and Revising Academic Writing


New on 5th September 1999.


New on 10th June 1999.

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New on 17th May 1999.

A series of summer courses will be run from 14th June to 27th August and held in CILL or one of the rooms in L008.

Activities will include:

  • video watching and discussion
  • a photographic club
  • grammar and pronunciation workshops
  • role-plays
  • Internet activities
  • discussion groups focusing on fashion, news and sports.


New on 5th May 1999.

Update of Job Application advice page.


New on 30th April 1999.

Link to Exite mail. Click 'E-mail' on the CILL home page in the big 'C' design. This will take you down the page to the e-mail section.


New on 28th April 1999.

  • We want to re-decorate CILL in a more lively and interesting way. Please send us your suggestions by e-mail, in writing, or come and talk to us.
  • We are planning a summer program of activities. If you have any suggestions and can come in the summer, please contact us.


New on 21st April 1999.

  • Quick links to your Internet e-mail site; e.g. Hotmail: click 'E-mail' on the CILL home page in the big 'C' design. This will take you down the page to the e-mail section.
  • An e-mail list. If you would like us to e-mail you about updates to the CILL Internet site and about events and new things in CILL, click here to send us an e-mail containing your e-mail address, and asking to be put on the CILL mailing list.

New on 17th April 1999.

  • A search page to help you find things on the CILL site and on the Internet.


New on 12th April 1999.

  • Useful Links - A page of useful links to other sites for learning English on the Internet.


New on 1st February 1999.

New on 14th January 1999.


Last updated on: Thursday, February 27, 2014