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Guide to ESL

Resources for ESL Students


Purdue Online Writing Lab for ESL Students–This online writing lab supports ESL students in second language writing. This section of the lab includes resources on writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, and adapting writing to North American colleges. In addition, this lab contains links to workshops and exercises useful for ESL students.

Grammar Overviews by Professor Mary Nell–This is a comprehensive guide to grammar compiled by Mary Nell, Professor of the International and English Language Programs at the University of Washington.

TOEFL Information–Find out about taking and registering for the TOEFL, view sample practice questions, and learn about ways to study and prepare.

Dave’s ESL Cafe–Of particular use is the Help Center, which answers ESL questions 24 hours a day; the Quiz page, on which students can test themselves on points of grammar; and the Student Link page, which provides links to many ESL sites on the Web.

Guide to Grammar and Writing—Comprehensive grammar guide which allows students to receive support on grammar and writing concepts relating to the word and sentence level, paragraph level, and essay and research paper level. In addition, students can take grammar quizzes and view power point lessons.

Edufind.com—Take a free English language level test and browse blogs, videos, and lessons on topics such as punctuation, reading, writing and pronunciation.

Ask Betty—Views ESL grammar related questions and answers.

Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Writing–Mignon Fogarty is the host of Grammar Girl and founder of Quick and Dirty Tips. This resource provides quick and effective ways for ESL students to memorize English grammar rules and idiomatic expressions.

Using English—A comprehensive reference guide covering the major parts of speech and their usage.

ESL Lounge–Hundreds of specific exercises make this site a comprehensive and effective one for students. Parts of speech and vocabulary are classified by level of difficulty.

ESL and Academic College Writing—An insightful document for high school or college level ESL students. This document gives specific examples and explanations for adapting one’s writing to suit generally accepted academic college writing. Sample thesis statements, paragraphs, and sentences are included.

ESL Online Tools at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill—A comprehensive guide to writing, speaking and listening, improving presentation skills, and identifying the differences between British and American English.


Resources for ESL Teachers


Strategies for Teaching ESL Students—Compiled by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, this resource offers specific strategies for teaching ESL students and provides a comprehensive background on the differences between resident and international ESL students and the grammar and language challenges particular to each group. This information is beneficial for teachers of all grades and levels.

The Internet TESL Journal—An extensive and well-organized set of links to scholarly and pedagogical resource for teachers of ESL.

TESL-EJ—An internationally recognized source of ESL and EFL information, this journal provides teachers with variety of scholarly articles for improving teaching methodology and practice.

One Stop English—Browse specially prepared lessons on a range of topics for ESOL students and read tips and advice for improving teaching methodology.

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition– The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition collects, coordinates and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for English language learners.

ColorinColorado–Presented by PBS, and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute for Literacy, and the American Federation of Teachers, ColorinColorado provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

Doing What Works—Presented by the U.S. Department of Education, this website provides examples of best teaching practice linked to rigorously reviewed research.

Schools Moving Up—This website offers variety of resources on professional development for teachers of English language learners.

Professional Development in Action: Improving Teaching for English Language Learners–The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) — Their mission is to collect, coordinate, and convey a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high-quality education for English learners. The papers presented in this collection offer real-life examples of successful and innovative practices, including institutionalized mentoring programs, new classroom methodologies, best practices for ELs with disabilities, collaboration between colleges of education and school districts, and the evaluation of PhD Programs.