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This web site is for non-native
speakers of English who want to write in English
for academic purposes. The material
in this site is aimed toward high intermediate or
advanced English learners who have never taken a
formal English writing course and whose TOEFL
score is about 500 or more.
The main objective of this site is
to help non-native English speakers write for an
English speaking academic audience which
necessarily includes organization of ideas,
the single greatest weakness among many non-native
Thus, the material in this site
begins with the organization of the classic
five-paragraph essay, an excellent foundation for
all academic writing. (See my essays, Introduction
to Academic Writing and Rationale
for the Five-Paragraph Essay for the writing
methodology offered in this site.) After
organization of ideas, this site also contains
reviews of "local" aspects of writing such as
sentences, adjective clauses, appositives, etc.,
including many short online quizzes. While
the organizational aspects of academic writing
contribute most toward noticeable improvement,
local aspects of writing contribute significantly
as well. For example, the use of sentence
variety including simple, compound, and complex
sentences, appositives, and even parallel
structure always creates a good impression on
experienced readers! Second, sentence
variety enlivens an essay so the reader can remain
interested in what the writer has to say.
| Quick Quiz
Subject - Verb Agreement
the apples nor the basket _____ expensive.
| Click HERE for answer.
If you are visiting this site for a
specific answer to a specific writing assignment,
begin with the "Introduction" in
the "How to Library" (top right) and work
through the essay genres which are arranged by
degree of difficulty. For models of the
five-paragraph essays, refer to the "Students'
Essays" as needed. And for local aspects of
writing and quizzes, navigate through the items of
interest to you.
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