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US Higher Education: A Cultural Introduction

This handout is an introduction to some of the basics of working, networking, and living at US colleges and universities.

Tips for Writing in North American Colleges

This handout is an introduction to the basics of academic writing conventions for students who are new to American colleges and universities.

Plagiarism and ESL Writers

This resource provides a look at plagiarism and the unique situation faced by many ESL writers working and learning in North American Academic contexts. Additional information on plagiarism in general can be found one the Purdue OWL by visiting: Avoiding Plagiarism. Exercises on plagiarism can be found on the Purdue OWL by visiting: Safe Practices: An Exercise

Writing for Global Business Audiences: An Introduction

This section funtions as an introduction to our "Writing for an Indian Business Audience,""Writing for a North American Business Audience," and "Writing for a Chinese Business Audience" sections. 

Writing for an Indian Business Audience

This handout provides examples and information on writing for both domestic and international audiences doing business in India. It includes information on letters and memos, as well as important stylistic considerations. The handout concludes with comments on some important characteristics of English writing in India, and on the status of English in business writing compared with native Indian languages, such as Hindi and Bengali.

Writing for a Chinese Business Audience

This handout provides examples and information on writing in English for both domestic and international audiences doing business in China. It includes information on letters and memos, as well as important stylistic considerations.

Writing for a North American Business Audience

This handout provides examples and information (written for non-North Americans) on how to write for a business audience. It includes information on getting to the point, keeping it simple, active and passive voice, nondiscriminatory language, and verb overgeneralizing.

Key Concepts for Writing in North American Colleges

This resource provides a list of key concepts, words, and phrases that multi-lingual writers may find useful if they are new to writing in the North American educational context. It covers concepts and and key words pertaining to the stages in the writing process, style, citation and reference, and other common expressions in academic writing

Audience Considerations for ESL Writers

The resources in this section are designed to help the reader better understand the concept of Audience when writing in English for North American, academic audiences. 

Combining Sentences

This resource provides guidelines for effectively combining shorter, simpler sentences into longer ones.

Prepositions

This resource provides guidelines for using prepositions in your writing.

Pronouns

These resources provide guidelines for using pronouns in your writing.

Paraphrasing and Summary

This resource provides guidelines for paraphrasing and summarizing the sources you have researched.

Punctuation

These resources provides guidelines for using punctuation in your writing.

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