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Purdue Writing Lab ESL Student Writing

These Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) resources will help ESL instructors develop curricula for teaching second language writing. This includes resources on writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, and includes links to OWL workshops and exercises useful for ESL instruction. This section also includes links to ESL resources on the Internet.

Introduction to World Englishes; variation, development, and function; regional examples; classroom application and activities; and suggested readings.

Intro to World Englishes

This list includes links to organizations and journals of interest to language teachers and language policy developers, as well as an extensive selection of online teaching and reference resources for the professional ESL community.

ESL Writing Teacher Resources

This article addresses code switching in student writing.

Code Switching in Student Writing

The exercises in this category cover a wide range of topics, but have been designed for second language writers of a variety of proficiency levels.

Help for ESL students in writing

The videos in this section below were created by the Purdue Online Writing Lab and address special concerns faced by individuals writing in English as a second language. These videos have been designed to meet the unique needs of this population and are a great resource for teaching professional writing to ESL students.

Writing for Audiences in US Academic Settings

How to Incorporate Audience into your Writing

Audience: an Introduction and Overview

APA References List: Complex Authors

APA Reference: Periodicals

APA References for Books


Instructor Language Resources

Pearson Global Scale of English Teacher Tool Kit
ESL Video: Free quizzes, lessons and online conversation classes for English language learners.

Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition

Resources to support language teaching online.

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Eaquals (Evaluation and Accreditation of Quality Language Services) develops practical resources and offers training and support for those working in the field of modern languages.

Eaquals has compiled a detailed list of online resources so that all information is easily accessible. This link provides free, accessible resources to anyone. Many of the resources are geared towards teaching language online during COVID. 

*Scroll down to "Eaquals Resource Provision" for these resources.

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 American English is a resource center for teaching and learning about American English language and culture.

This website provides a variety of engaging materials and resources for teachers' professional development and for students in the classroom.

Both teachers and students will find new ways to practice English and learn more about the United States.

The Internet TESL Journal  The Internet TESL Journal is an online resource book for teachers who can refer to published articles on teaching techniques and other things of interest to EFL and ESL teachers. Articles, Research Papers, Lessons Plans, Classroom Handouts, Teaching Ideas & Links 
National Foreign Language Resource Center  (NFLRC) at University of Hawaii at Manoa. The goal of the NFLRC is to expand the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively through research and materials development projects. The primary audience for most NFLRC endeavors is language instructors and applied linguists involved in these languages. However, NFLRC projects are intended to have implications for the teaching and learning of all languages, with results being disseminated to the larger educational community through publications, summer institutes, conferences, workshops, symposia, online learning events, etc. Explore their website for current initiatives, events, professional learning, teacher resources, open access journals, assessments, and other resources. 


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