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college studentsThis web site is for non-native speakers of English who want to write in English for academic purposes. The materials in this site are prepared for 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 English speakers.

Thus, the materials in this site begin with the organization of the classic five-paragraph essay, an excellent foundation for all academic writing.

Thus, the materials in this site begin 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 explanations about "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.

If you are visiting this site for self-study about how to write academic essays, begin with the "Introduction" and "Five-Paragraph Essay" in the Writing Principles (top right) and work through the essay genres which are arranged by degree of difficulty. For writing examples of many five-paragraph essays and topics, refer to the "Students' Essays" as needed. Finally, for local aspects of writing and quizzes, navigate through the items of interest to you, and take as many practice quizzes as possible.

Thanks for visiting. I hope the materials in this site work for you.