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SPH Writing Support Services: Getting Started: ESL

Getting started with SPH Writing Support Services

engVid

engVid comprises 1,000+ FREE English video lessons, covering various topics (grammar, pronunciation, etc.) across three levels (beginner, intermediate, and advanced), delivered by experienced native English-speaking teachers.

ESL-Wow

The ESL Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW) is a FREE online writing lab designed to help English Language Learners with their writing. ESL-WOW guides you through the various steps for writing a paper. It also provides a tutorial on plagiarism to teach you what plagiarism is and, importantly, how to avoid it.

English Resources

1. English Online France (EOLF) is a Web site that offers many resources, including online mini-courses, on grammar, pronunciation, Academic English reading & writing, and listening.

2. Using English for Academic Purposes (UEfAP) is a Web site that offers many activities on listening, reading, and writing skills in English for Academic Purposes.

3. The Internet TESL Journal maintains a Web site with a host of TESL/TEFL/TESOL/ESL/EFL/ESOL links for students and teachers of ESL.

4. Additional FREE English resources focused on listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary are available at free-english-study.com.

Scientific English Resources

English is the language of science, so you must have a strong command of English to succeed as a scientist.

ESL Writing

Chuck Guilford's Paradigm Online Writing Assistant

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): ESL Students

University of Nevada, Reno's English Language Learners (ELL) Resources

University of Richmond's Writer's Web 

University of Toronto's Advice on Academic Writing

University of Washington Bothell's ESL Student Handbook

ESL Speaking

Eva L. Easton maintains a Web site, "The Music of English," that helps ESL students understand and speak American English using linking and reduction.

What is LINKING?

What is REDUCTION?

Easton's short video introduction to her Web site is included below:

ESL Listening

Randall Davis maintains a listening lab, "Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab," that provides more than 300 activities, lessons, and exercises for all-level ESL students to improve their communication and critical thinking skills.

A "demo lesson" from Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab is included below:

Formatting

1. Purdue OWL: General Format - APA Style

2. Douglas Degelman, PhD, of Vanguard University of Southern California has produced a Web document, "APA Style Essentials," that provides a "common core of elements of APA style."

3. APA Style: The Basics of APA Style Tutorial

Grammar

1. This index includes more than 400 references to the “Guide to Grammar and Writing” and “Principles of Composition,” which are two online resources sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation (CCCF), a nonprofit organization that supports scholarships, faculty development, and curriculum innovation.

2. Frankfurt International School (FIS) has an ESL site with grammar and vocabulary content for English language learners.  

3. EF Education First, Ltd., has compiled a comprehensive English grammar guide.

4. One-Language.com offers several FREE online English courses.

Vocabulary

1. Dr. Paul Brians, Emeritus Professor of English at Washington State University, maintains a popular Web site, "Common Errors in English Usage," which is a guide to English usage.

2. Dr. Averil Coxhead, Senior Lecturer at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, developed and evaluated The Academic Word List (AWL) for her master's thesis. The AWL is very helpful for English for Academic Purposes teachers and learners.

3. EF Education First, Ltd., has compiled several English vocabulary lists to help you learn the most common words in English (e.g., nouns, verbs, adjectives).

4. Soundkeepers.com offers a GRE vocabulary builder.

5. Vocabulary Acquisition provides practical strategies for ESL students.