This section provides links to online resources for writers whose first language is not English. Here you will find assistance in many areas, including vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, among others. In addition to the guides that provide you with information, this page also includes self-study tools that allow you to test your knowledge.
Academic Word List This website lists 570 words that occur often in academic writing. The words are categorized in 10 lists in order from most frequently used to least frequently used. The words can be defined as well as translated into many different languages.
Advanced Composition for Non-Native Speakers of English Collocations (englishclub.com) Provides a comprehensive definition of "collocation" as well as lists of common English collocations, quizzes, and tips for learning them.
Dave's ESL Cafe for Students (Dave Sperling) Includes grammar lessons, idiom lists, phrasal verb examples, pronunciation tools, slang lists, and quizzes.
English Grammar Book "Englishpage.com is constructing a grammar book of high-quality English lessons and exercises to help English learners learn English grammar online."
ESL Help (Hacker's A Writer's Reference Companion Website)
Click "ESL Help" on page that opens. This site includes charts, study guides, sample papers, exercises, and links to useful resources for multilingual writers.
"A fun place to learn English as a Second Language!"
Helpsheets for ESL Trouble Spots (Hacker's A Writer's Reference Companion Website)
- Choosing between present and past participles
- A list of common irregular verbs
- Making subjects and verbs agree
- Matching helping verbs and main verbs
- Placement of adjectives and adverbs
- Using "a" and "an" appropriately
- Using "the" appropriately
- Using prepositions to show time and place
The Learning English Video Project (englishclub.com) "The Learning English Video Project is a unique 7-part series of documentary films about people learning English in different countries around the world.Made by independent UK filmmaker Daniel Emmerson, the series features students from across the world who have different methods and reasons for learning English."
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
This dictionary states definitions in clear terms and offers a variety of sample sentences.
Resources for English as a Second Language (englishlanguage.com)
This website has a variety of resources for both students and teachers, including quizzes and handouts. Resources include:
- 2,871 English phrasal verbs with definitions. Can search by verb or preposition or browse by letter. Also has a discussion forum.
- 3,483 English idioms with definitions. Can search, browse alphabetically, look by category, or see recently added. Has a discussion forum for any additional questions.
- List of 620 English irregular verbs. Can search or view alphabetically.
Resources for ESL Instructors and Students (Purdue OWL) Includes grammar and mechanics resources, information on academic integrity, practice exercises, and tips on workplace writing.
Self-Study Quizzes for ESL Students (The Internet TESL Journal) About 1,000 HTML quizzes for multilingual writers to practice homonyms, vocabulary, idioms, and more.
Strategies for Improving Your Academic English (Hacker's A Writer's Reference Companion Website) (PDF) Suggests study strategies for improving your reading, writing, listening, and speaking.