Developing Study Skills
Professor Meloni’s ESL Study Hall, offered by a teacher at The George Washington University, uses a whole language approach to instruction. Advice is given on reading poetry, prose, and news stories. There are tips on vocabulary (including idioms), grammar, and U.S. culture. There are also links to reviews of the sites and to advice given by international students, although they appear to be mostly testimonials.
WritingDen Tips-O-Matic offers advice and practical examples for writing coherent sentences, paragraphs, and essays. There is advice about punctuation (e.g., quotation marks, apostrophe, the semicolon) and parts of speech (e.g., nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and “frequently confused words”). Advice is also given for composing and for editing essays, and on genres such as definition, classification, and evaluation. These tips may also be used to create handouts for EFL writers.