Writing-related Lessons for Learning English (ESL)


Formatting a Document: Use Page Breaks!

Learn to use page breaks in Microsoft Word/Google Docs to start a new page. This will allow your paper to display uniformly in all software.

Citing an Author That Was Cited in Another Article (Indirect Source)

Argumentative Essays: The Counter-Argument & Refutation

See an outline for an argumentative essay and read examples of counter-argument and refutation paragraphs. (For college/EAP students)

Advice on Writing an Abstract for a Research Paper

Learn what information to include in a research abstract, see examples of two abstracts, and read advice on abstract language. (EAP/Academic English)

Advice on Research Questions for Surveys

Get help on forming a research question and subquestions for college-level survey assignments. See examples.

The Difference between Patchwriting and Paraphrasing

Avoid plagiarism by learning the difference between patchwriting and plagiarism. Read examples and do exercises to avoid patchwriting in essays and papers.

Worksheet: Identifying Academic Sources

Teach students to identify peer-reviewed academic sources with this worksheet (designed for EAP/university writing class).

Writing in Academic English (Language Differences)

Study the differences between academic English and general English. Read rules/examples and then complete the exercises (for EAP/ESL students).

APA 7 Worksheet

Download a free worksheet on the 7th edition of the APA style guide to review differences in citation, references, and other key changes.

Plagiarism & Citation Worksheet for EAP (APA & MLA Style)

Teach your EAP students to avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing and using APA & MLA in-text citations. This worksheet was designed for academic purposes.

10 Common Writing Mistakes (Grammar - ESL/EFL)

10 common writing mistakes (mainly grammar and punctuation) by ESL/EFL students. Students, try to correct the errors. English teachers, download the free worksheet.

Writing Tactful & Diplomatic Emails (Examples)

Samples of tactful & diplomatic emails for writing and reading practice. For ESL students interested in examples of business communication.

Writing Exercises for Tone, Tact, and Diplomacy (ESL)

Worksheet with exercises for practicing tone, audience, tact, criticism, and passive/active voice in business e-mails/communication.

Academic Writing: Conjunctions and Conjunctive Adverbs Worksheet

Review of coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS), subordinating conjunctions, and conjunctive adverbs (transition words). Includes writing exercises. ESL/EAP.

Blank LinkedIn Profile Template (ESL)

A template for students to practice writing a LinkedIn profile. Good for writing practice.

Paraphrasing Techniques for Academic Writing (EAP)

Five paraphrasing techniques students can use to avoid plagiarism - synonyms, voice, word forms, negations, & order. For ESL/EAP writing.

Writing a Letter to a Member of Parliament or Politician

Key expressions and outline for writing a letter to a politician or member of parliament in English.

Template for 5-Paragraph Essay Outline

A template students can complete before their write their standard 5-paragraph academic essay.