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May 05, 2011

Even More Writing Resources

As I am developing resources for my English courses, I find all kinds of resources online. There are all kinds of free outlines, hand-outs and resources as well as...

...online and printable exercises and quizzes.

Here's a website that collects the best of the university writing websites - http://www.adolphus.me.uk/emx/efl/resource_web.htm.

One of their featured sites is the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) - http://owl.english.purdue.edu/. This is one of my favorite websites for writing tips and strategies. I've been using it for years.

OWL is great for parents, junior high and high school teachers and ESL teacher and tutors. It also has some features for non-academic uses. There are resources perfectly suited for job seekers who need help with resumes and cover letters.

For a more distinctly British "feel" check out this site - http://www.elb-brighton.com/engaca.htm.

And of course, every site like this should have a good dictionary link to settle any disputes about spelling or usage. You can see one here - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary.htm.

Yes, this site even has a link to new and current slang. Check it out here - http://nws.merriam-webster.com/opendictionary/.

These sites are continually updated and always offer helpful guides for learning the fine points of this language we are all learning - at least I know that I am always learning new things about English!

Poke around on this website. It just might inspire you and your students or friends to tell your own stories.

Send us any links or other resources that you think any teachers, students or even just regular people might find interesting or useful. Let us all know about words that make you crazy, aspects of language and expression you find challenging, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning 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, USA and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA, USA). And, as much as Morf loves writing this blog, he is always open to other opportunities either blogging or teaching. You can contact him at mmorf@mail.com.

Posted by mmorf at May 5, 2011 11:53 PM

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