Resources

General Student Writing Resources

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/
(from the home page) The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers over 200 free resources including:

  • Writing and Teaching Writing
  • Research
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Style Guides
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Job Search and Professional Writing

http://www.apastyle.org/
(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.

http://labwrite.ncsu.edu/index_forprof.html
LabWrite helps students learn science through writing better lab reports.

Second Language Writing Resources

Comprehensive Websites

www.esldesk.com/esl-links/
ESL Desk:  A selection of ESL resources to help you learn English.

www.bergen.edu/pages/2183.asp
Bergen Community College:  English Language Resource Center.

owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/586/01/
Purdue’s OWL ESL site features links to many sources for students and teachers.

Grammar, Conversation and Practical Communication

www.eslflow.com
This site offers advice for elementary, pre-intermediate, and intermediate learners.

www.eslcafe.com
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.hunter.cuny.edu
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.”

www.manythings.org
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

home.gwu.edu/~meloni/eslstudyhall/
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.

www2.actden.com/writ_den/tips/contents.htm
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.

Documentation Styles

Council of Biology Editor's (CBE) Style of Documentation in Science and Mathematics

http://www.monroecc.edu/Depts/Library/cbe.htm

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/DocCBE.html

Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/DocMLA.html

American Psychological Association (APA) Documentation

http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/DocAPA.html

Chicago Manual of Style

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

Tutoring & Writing

The Dangling Modifier - "An international newsletter by and for peer tutors in writing, produced in association with the NCPTW.  The mission of The Dangling Modifier is to provide an international forum for ongoing conversation among peer tutors in 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.