General Student Writing Resources
Tip sheet for writing a personal statement
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(from the home page) The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers over 200 free resources including:
- Writing and Teaching Writing
- Grammar and Mechanics
- Style Guides
- ESL (English as a Second Language)
- Job Search and Professional Writing
(from the home page) On the APA Style web site, you will find tutorials, FAQs, and other resources to help you improve your writing, master APA Style, and learn the conventions of scholarly publishing.
LabWrite helps students learn science through writing better lab reports.
Second Language Writing Resources
ESL Desk: A selection of ESL resources to help you learn English.
Purdue’s OWL ESL site features links to many sources for students and teachers.
Grammar, Conversation and Practical Communication
This site offers advice for elementary, pre-intermediate, and intermediate learners.
Dave’s ESL Cafe offers information on jobs, as well as student and teacher forums. In “Stuff for Teachers,” there is an extensive “Idea Cookbook.”
SchMOOze University describes itself as follows: “SchMOOze U. is a small, friendly college known for its hospitality and the diversity of the student population. It was established in July 1994 as a place where people studying English as a second or a foreign language could practice English while sharing ideas and experiences with other learners and practicers of English. Students have opportunities for one-on-one and group conversations as well as access to language games such as Scrabble and Boggle, an on-line dictionary, a virtual library and a grammar maze. Although schMOOze U. was founded with ESL/EFL students in mind, it welcomes all people interested in cross-cultural communication.”
This site focuses on entry level grammar. It offers advice on slang, vocabulary, idioms, and jokes. There are also quizzes based on Voice of America’s (VOA) Special English Programs.
Developing Study Skills
Professor Meloni’s ESL Study Hall, offered by a teacher at The George Washington University, uses a whole language approach to instruction. Advice is given on reading poetry, prose, and news stories. There are tips on vocabulary (including idioms), grammar, and U.S. culture. There are also links to reviews of the sites and to advice given by international students, although they appear to be mostly testimonials.
WritingDen Tips-O-Matic offers advice and practical examples for writing coherent sentences, paragraphs, and essays. There is advice about punctuation (e.g., quotation marks, apostrophe, the semicolon) and parts of speech (e.g., nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and “frequently confused words”). Advice is also given for composing and for editing essays, and on genres such as definition, classification, and evaluation. These tips may also be used to create handouts for EFL writers.
Tutoring & Teaching Writing
Michigan Writing Centers Association (MCWA) - This Web site connects tutors and writing center staff across the state through conferences, an e-mail list, and a newsletter.