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June 20, 2010

One-Stop Resource for ESL

Looking for a single source with piles of resources and useful links? I found...

...a great one!

It is the Purdue Online Writing Lab (otherwise known as OWL).

I have used the general OWL website - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/ for all kinds of English grammar usage questions and practice worksheets.

OWL also has a dedicated ESL website which has all kinds of resources related to grammar and mechanics as well as many resources not directly related to language acquisition for students who might have work or other related issues.

For example, take a look at these possibilities; if you are a student looking for a job in the United States, here's a link with some essential guidelines to an effective job search - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/640/01/.

If you are looking for some guidelines to writing in a North American business setting, take a look here - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/651/01/.

For a Chinese business audience, look here - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/676/01/.

And for a business setting in India, take a look here - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/674/01/.

And if you, or a student you know, need an introduction to the academic world in North America, take a look here - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/684/01/.

If you are an instructor, you can find nearly endless resources and idea starters here - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/5/24/.

For example, if you want your students to have a good sense of the MLA standards of professional writing, here is a great starting point - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.

There's a wealth of resources on the internet. Let me know of any of your favorite sites.

It is good to remember that we are all always learning. And it is always more fun to learn together.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities. And even though it is far from Christmas, more than one student has remarked recently how much Morf resembles Santa Claus...


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