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Welcome to LEO: Literacy Education Online

Welcome to LEO: Literacy Education Online

OWL Coming Soon: A new look for our same great content! We're working hard this summer on a redesign of the Purdue OWL. Worry not! Our navigation menu and content will remain largely the same. If you are having trouble locating a specific resource, please visit the search page or the Site Map. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. For more information about services for the Purdue University community, including one-to-one consultations, ESL conversation groups and workshops, please visit the Writing Lab site. Mission The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement.

Bill Boyd - The Literacy Adviser | "Brilliant Blogger of the Week" Teaching News 2013 The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia 10. You must never fully rely on any one source for important information. Everyone makes mistakes. All scholarly journals and newspapers contain “corrections” sections in which they acknowledge errors in their prior work. The focus of your search should be on finding accurate information and forming a full picture of an issue, rather than believing the first thing you read. 9. 8. In March 2009, Irish student Shane Fitzgerald, who was conducting research on the Internet and globalization of information, posted a fake quotation on the Wikipedia article about recently deceased French composer Maurice Jarre. Fitzgerald was startled to learn that several major newspapers picked up the quote and published it in obituaries, confirming his suspicions of the questionable ways in which journalists use Web sites, and Wikipedia, as a reliable source. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. And finally, the number one reason you can't cite or rely on Wikipedia: 1.

Writer's Workbench 2011 - TopTenREVIEWS Of all the writing enhancement software products we reviewed, Writer's Workbench has one of the most comprehensive feature arrays for analyzing and improving your work. It of course contains all the grammar, spelling and diction tools we've come to expect from all the products in our side-by-side comparison. It also has writing exercises and statistical reports. Writer's Workbench works only in conjunction with Microsoft Word. That aside, we have few problems with the tools or performance of this writing enhancement software. Editing Tools Compare WhiteSmoke Grammarly Writer's Workbench Microsoft Word CorrectEnglish WordPerfect Grammar Expert Plus Editor RightWriter ClearEdits Click to Enlarge With a single exception, Writer's Workbench has every editing tool we look for when we evaluated the best grammar checking applications available. Another thing that sets Writer's Workbench apart from the competition is the fact that it does not make the changes to your writing automatically. Performance

Writing Typing Practice Touch Typing Free Program that lets you exercise and learn Touch Typing Peter's Online Typing Course A set of free online typing lessons and exercises Type Racer The global typing competition. Increase your typing speed while racing against others Writing Exercises for Beginners Jumbled Sentences 200 Exercises for beginners to practice creating English sentences Beginners' Dictation 100 dictation exercises with 500 sentences Verb Tenses and Scrambled Sentences Practice creating sentences in different verb tenses Literacy Lifeline to Literacy This program will help you read, write and do math. You can also learn skills to use at work. Start date: Feb. 3, 2014; Sep. 8, 2014; Feb 2, 2015Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Mon or Tues & Wed.Location: North CampusRegistration: Call 403-410-1525Funded by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education through Calgary Learns, and supported by the Laing Foundation. Intermediate Literacy This program assists individuals in developing basic reading and writing skills by working one-on-one with a volunteer tutor. Start date: Ongoing registrationTime: FlexibleLocation: North CampusRegistration: Call 403-410-1525Funded by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education. Speech-Assisted Reading and Writing (SARAW) SARAW is a talking computer program that teaches basic reading, writing and math skills. Start date: Ongoing registrationLocation: North CampusRegistration: Call 403-410-1503Funded by Calgary Learns. Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) - Reading and Writing

Weekly Writing Assignment » Blog Archive » Weekly Writing Assignment #2: The Mirror Mirrors and reflections play an important role in our lives. Most of us look in them every day, sometimes multiple times a day. We check our clothes, our hair, our makeup. We seek to ensure that our outward appearance signifies the person we want to be. Yet as the revered poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote: These faces in the mirrors Are but the shadows and phantoms of myself. Or, that great actress of our time, Tori Spelling put it: Sometimes, when I’m alone, I put on six inch heels and wear nothing else and dance around in front of the mirror and do my little stripper dance. The truth is that we rarely see who we really are when we look into the mirror (though, I’m sure many of us can imagine Tori Spelling as a stripper). The Assignment For this week’s writing assignment, write a description of someone looking into the mirror. No need for a complete narrative on this assignment. Entries should be 300 words MAXIMUM. Send your completed assignment to

Writer's Workbench - Better Writers Through Instructional Computer Feedback Online Adult Literacy Many people who return to education after a long "time-out" find they need to brush up on their reading and writing skills in order to get the best out of their learning opportunities. In fact, if you are hoping to study for a recognized qualification, or a university-level degree or diploma, improving your literacy skills may be an essential step on the way to building a professional career. Sadly, many people who still struggle with reading and writing as adults aren't aware that opportunities to improve their literacy skills are available to them - they think they missed their chance at school and it's now too late to think about going back. Nothing could be further from the truth! What Does It Involve? Adults who have limited reading and writing abilities, non-native speakers of English and even those who simply feel that their written and perhaps even oral communication lacks a bit of "finesse" will all benefit from online literacy training. How Can All That Be Done Online?

WI Focus: Faculty Resources, UH Manoa Informational brochure for students (newsletter for instructors of Writing-intensive courses) Available as a web page (HTML) or an easy-print format (PDF). Effective Writing Assignments: HTML PDF Responding to Student Writing HTML PDF Writing and Research HTML PDF Overcoming Writing Errors HTML PDF Helping Students Make Connections HTML PDF Working with ESL Students' Writing HTML PDF Peer Review & Feedback Forms HTML PDF Teaching Forms of Writing HTML PDF On-line Interaction HTML PDF Using Writing to Improve Reading HTML PDF Getting Students to Think HTML PDF Quick Tips Tips for Teachers of WI Courses - What to do the first day and how to design and respond to writing assignments. Handling the Paper Load - Dispels myths about responding to student writing. Designing the Writing-Intensive Course Syllabus & Course Materials - Items students find helpful on a WI syllabus. Teaching a Summer Session Writing-Intensive Course - Tips on teaching a six-week (accelerated term) WI course. Citation and Plagiarism

The Writer's Technology Companion About Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) - AlphaPlus Coordinated by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, in consultation with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework (OALCF) is the new cornerstone of Employment Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program. The OALCF is a competency-based framework that supports the development of adult literacy programming delivered through the Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program. LBS helps learners transition to their goals of work, further education and training, or independence. The OALCF: Click on Curriculum Framework to download the entire document in PDF and explore the links below for more information: The OALCF OverviewHow does the OALCF improve adult literacy outcomes in Ontario? How does the OALCF contribute to successful learner transitions? How does the OALCF provide a basis for program development and assessment of learner progress? Milestones and Culminating Tasks Resources for OALCF