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ESL Resources

The writing center offers additional support for our diverse student population.

General ESL Resources

Activities for ESL Students 
(Published by the Internet TESL Journal)
An extensive, diverse collection of prescreened online activities for ESL students of all levels and their instructors and a link to the Internet TESL (teaching English as a second language) Journal.

Dave's ESL Café
(created by Dave Sperling, The English Language Institute at San Diego State University)
A favorite of many students and their instructors. This site for ESL students organizes approximately 3,000 links into more than 100 categories, including conferences, poetry, phonics, lesson plans, linguistics, grammar, writing, literacy, Business English, public speaking, publishers, translation, listening, bookstores, mailing lists and more.

English as a Second Language
(created by Rong-Chang Li)
The hub of hundreds of free learning sites for ESL students and teachers. The site addresses areas including listening, reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary, lesson plans, newspapers, magazines, pronunciation of quizzes, games, idioms, methods, games and dictionaries.

English Language
(created by Adam King and Richard Flynn)
At this site you can find very clear explanations of grammar structures and an EXCELLENT collection of idioms and phrasal verbs, which ESL students usually struggle with. 

College Writing for ESL/ELL Students

The resources listed here address writing for college assignments and can be helpful to all students seeking help with a written assignment. Some resources include information specifically for ESL Students; the more general sites provide a wide range of advice, exercises and interactive tools.

Advice on Academic Writing
(created by Dr. Margaret Proctor, coordinator, writing support, University of Toronto)
A straightforward site from the University of Toronto that presents writing and grammar information on the college level in many categories including reading, book review and article critique; writing an annotated bibliography; the lab report; writing about history, physics, poetry, art history; style and editions; grammar and punctuation for TESL (teachers of English as a second language) students; and specific types of writing.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
(published by the OWL at Purdue University and Purdue University)
An extensive site dedicated to assisting users with numerous aspects of writing. Online help is offered in handouts and materials; downloadable PowerPoint workshops and presentations; an excellent search engine associated with Purdue; and current and back issues of student newsletter about writing.

Writer's Web
(published by the University of Richmond)
This site is organized to reflect the stages in the writing process and links to topics such as getting started; writing first drafts; focusing and connecting ideas, analysis and argument; peer-editing strategies; sentence structure and mechanics; editing for clarity and style; and documentation and punctuation.

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
(created by Chuck Guilford)
An award-winning online writer's guide and handbook for writers at every level.

TOEFL Preparation

TOEFL Go Anywhere
This is the Educational Testing Service (ETS) site for the TOEFL. It offers online registration, a description of the exam, practice tests and links to other sites offering TOEFL preparation, English-language instruction and tips for studying abroad.