| Keys for Writers, Third Edition
| ESL Center
Ann Raimes has taught and written for ESL and multilingual students for more than twenty-five years. She served as Chair of the CUNY ESL Task Force in 1993- 94, a group of twenty faculty members charged with making recommendations about ESL instruction across the CUNY system, which has 250,000 students. She has spoken at conferences around the world and has published numerous articles on ESL teaching, including topics such as writing theory and practice, trends in the field, composing processes, grammar, teaching methodology, the TOEFL Test of Written English, and evaluation of research. The ESL/Multilingual links and resources available in this ESL Center are among the Web sites she has found most helpful and useful.
ACE Practice TestsACE Practice Test 1:
Transfer ErrorsACE Practice Test 2:
Nouns and ArticlesACE Practice Test 3:
Verbs and VerbalsACE Practice Test 4:
Sentence StructureACE Practice Test 5:
Prepositions in Idiomatic ExpressionsACE Practice Test 6:
Frequently Asked ESL Editing QuestionsESL Web Links
Language Guide to Transfer Errors
Sometimes errors in writing a new language can occur when you are grappling with new subject matter and difficult topics. You concentrate on ideas and clarity-- and because no writer can do everything at once, you fail to concentrate on editing.
The following language guide sets out several problem areas for multilingual/ESL writers. It shows grammatical features (column 1) of specific languages (column 2) that when transferred to English lead to an error (column 3). The guide covers neither all linguistic problem areas nor all languages; that would take volumes. Rather, it lists a selection, with the aim of being useful and practical. Use the guide to raise your awareness about your own and other languages.
This site is well known and frequently visited by ESL, EFL, and
multilingual students and teachers around the world. Stop by for Cafe
news, bookstore browsing, chat, discussion, frequently asked
questions, a graffiti wall, an idiom page, a photo gallery, a quiz
center, a web guide, and much more.
Online activities, textbooks, and dictionaries provide students
with a wide array of innovative resources. XPRESLINK is an Internet
activity designed to help students develop language skills from
authentic web sites. Sites organized by topics--with questions at
beginner, intermediate, and advanced language levels--are provided to
stimulate student discussion and writing.
ESL on the
Here's a wealth of connections to ESL Links and Guides, ESL Places
to Visit, Computer-Assisted language Learning Sites. Online
Publishing and Journal, Software, MUDS and MOOS, Usenet Newsgroups,
Discussion Lists, and a bibliography of Internet-related articles of
particular interest to ESL students and instructors.
A MOO is a MUD (Multi-User Domain) Object
Oriented environment, or virtual educational community, where
you can not only communicate in actual time but also add to a virtual
world by building new rooms and other objects. Lingua MOO, at
the University of Texas at Dallas, is a learning environment
for students and a broader community for research and collaboration.
Lingua MOO is a text-based virtual reality where you can create your
own spaces and interact with people from around the world in
synchronous time. Go to the Courtyard where you can easily get to all
the various resource centers in the MOO. These include "A Help
Kiosk," "Lingua House," "The Comoonity," and a library. When you
visit Lingua MOO you must connect as a guest. You are bound to have a
SchMOOze University has a diverse student population where people
studying English as a second or foreign language can practice English
with other learners. Visit this MOO for opportunities for one-on-one
conversations, group conversations, and access to language games, an
online dictionary, and more. SchMOOze University welcomes ESL and EFL
students and everyone else who is interested in cross-cultural
communication. You'll find abundant MOO reference documents and
articles as well as links to other ESL/EFL related pages.