Writing in English as a 2nd Language

If you are enrolled in a W course and your first language is a language other than English, you may find that you need extra support in grammar, usage, syntax, or mechanics. Of course, your main objective in your W course is to develop your abilities in using the language of that discipline, and your instructor can help you do that. To excel at his or her assignments, you want to develop your abilities in Standard American English editing, too. The sites below are offered to support you in this goal.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab ESL Students Page includes a battery of information, not only about writing in North American colleges but also about writing in other English-speaking contexts. See also their Purdue OWL Engagement page for exercises that can help you strengthen your written composition.

Dave's ESL Cafe has everything from a graffiti wall to an ESL student-help center to links for ESL teachers.

The Doyle Online Writing Lab pages devoted to ESL writers at Reed College offers links to general interest sites (including the Purdue OWL), grammar and style pages, and activities and study guides.

The Center for Writing Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a suite of support pages, including links to an idiom dictionary and to documentation instructions and sample papers for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.

The Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides several pages to help build vocabulary, develop listening and speaking skills, hone grammar, and develop as a writer more generally.