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Daily Writing Tips. Seriously, What's So Bad About Adverbs? Sentence Clarity. Summary: If you're having sentence clarity problems in your papers, this handout might be just what you need.

Sentence Clarity

Common Errors in English Usage. Use the search form below to find words and phrases on this site.

Common Errors in English Usage

About this Search Engine E e.g. / i.e. Each early adapter earmarks / hallmark earth, moon easedrop ecology / environment economic / economical ecstatic ect. Essay & Paragraph Writing: eslflow  webguide. 24 Tips for Writers: Common Mistakes and How to Avoid or Fix Grammar, Writing, & Spelling Problems. English Language and Grammar for Nonnative ESL English Speakers. (Outside US) 309 452-2831 FAX 309 452-9357 2 Payne Place, Normal, Illinois 61761 Link to the whole catalog with 45 courses.

English Language and Grammar for Nonnative ESL English Speakers

Writing Wrongs: 10 Movie Titles with Bad Grammar. For all the considerable resources that go into marketing Hollywood movies, it would seem that scant attention is paid to checking the grammar and punctuation of film titles.

Writing Wrongs: 10 Movie Titles with Bad Grammar

Case in point, the new Star Trek, whose title omits a punctuation mark that not-so-subtly changes the meaning of the words. TIME copy chief Danial Adkison and copy editor Douglas Watson offer their professional judgment on some other suspect movie titles. Paramount Pictures Star Trek Into Darkness. 20 examples of grammar misuse. Online Resources. Grammar and Usage. In the past week, two clients have written to ask whether they should refer to their company or division using the singular it or a plural pronoun.

Grammar and Usage

Below are their examples, slightly disguised. The underlining indicates the pronoun they doubted. Company X wishes to express our sincere appreciation for Company Y’s continued support. Human Resources is welcoming a new member to our department. ESL Students. These OWL resources will help ESL students in second language writing.

ESL Students

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. US Higher Education: A Cultural Introduction. Ottawa Business Writing ESL Classes. This two-day course is tailored to writers of English as a second language (ESL), working in a business or technical environment.

Ottawa Business Writing ESL Classes

It addresses specialized ESL topics in language skills such as verb tense and mood, articles, idiomatic constructions, and critical differences between spoken and written expressions. To ensure the practical application of the course, we strongly encourage participants to bring samples of their writing to the class for use in discussions and practice sessions. With the instant feedback from the instructor, participants can thus recognize and understand the course concepts in the real-life circumstances of their own documents. Who Should Attend Writers for whom English is a second language. OWL Writing Exercises. These OWL resources offer information and exercises on how to clarify sentences and specifically discuss sentence clauses, sentence fragments, sentence structure, and subject-verb agreement.

OWL Writing Exercises

Please use the navigation bar on the left or the links below to access the individual exercises. Sentence Clauses: Independent and Dependent Clauses This resource provides exercises on the differences between independent and dependent clauses that you may print. Once you print the exercise, identify and correct the misuse of these clauses. Click the "Go to Answers" link to see the answers for this exercise. Sentence Fragments. General Writing. If you are having trouble locating a specific resource please visit the search page or the Site Map.

General Writing

Teaching EFL ESL Writing Skills. Business Communication Tips: Springboards Blog » Top 10 Writing Mistakes ESL Speakers Make. It has always felt to me a presumptuous task to narrow down a list of “the best of this” and “the most common of that.”

Business Communication Tips: Springboards Blog » Top 10 Writing Mistakes ESL Speakers Make

But the question of “What are the most common writing mistakes of English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers?” Is still a popular one and, as a search term, continues to yield 100k+ returns on a Google search no matter which way you phrase it. On top of that, many of you have been specifically requesting this list for some time now. So before elaborating on “the list,” allow me to explain my hesitation and procrastination in not having done this sooner. ESL speakers come from a variety of linguistic backgrounds and do not make the same grammatical mistakes.There are more than 10 kinds of errors spread across several category types: grammar, cross cultural nuances, business communication protocol, and audience-centered writing principles among others. The first five mistakes we will look at fall into the “grammar” category. 2. 4. Stay Up-to-Date in EL Writing: Five Great Journals. I truly enjoy attending professional conferences. They give me a good feel of current trends in the field and provide me with invaluable pedagogical and research ideas.

However, attending a conference does not always seem feasible. Luckily, a wealth of academic journals offered in the field of applied linguistics can help me stay current. In what follows, I will briefly describe five writing journals that I frequently browse: Assessing Writing This journal publishes “articles, book reviews, conference reports, and academic exchanges concerning writing assessments of all kinds, including traditional (‘direct’ and standardized forms of) testing of writing, alternative performance assessments (such as portfolios), workplace sampling and classroom assessment.” According to their website, the journal welcomes research that focuses on: Topics of interest may be drawn from the following subfields, outlined on their website: According to their website, possible areas of interest include:

Email writing. Email writing Submitted by admin on 8 October, 2008 - 15:22 The main focus of this lesson will be on writing semi-formal emails, and the students will send an email to a tourist information centre of their choice using the rules they will have studied in the first half of the lesson.

I have done this lesson several times myself and although not all of the students received replies from the information centres they emailed, most of them did, which in itself gave them much satisfaction.