These OWL resources will help ESL students in second language writing. This section includes resources on writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, and it contains links to OWL workshops and exercises useful for ESL students. This section also includes links to ESL resources on the Internet.
ESL-specific exercises can be found here.
This handout is an introduction to some of the basics of working, networking, and living at US colleges and universities.
This handout is an introduction to the basics of academic writing conventions for students who are new to American colleges and universities.
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.
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.
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.
This resource provides student-writers with a toolkit to help them better understand writing assignments and writing prompts at the university level. It begins with a clear overview of strategies to help with writing assignments. It also includes a number of annotated assignment sheets.
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.
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
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.
This resource provides guidelines for effectively combining shorter, simpler sentences into longer ones.
This resource discusses nominalizations and subject position as they relate to sentence clarity.
This resource provides guidelines for using prepositions in your writing.
These resources provide guidelines for using pronouns in your writing.
These resources provide guidelines for using punctuation in your writing.
This resource provides guidelines for paraphrasing and summarizing the sources you have researched.