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ELL Guide

A guide for ELL (English Language Learners) at the University of Maine at Augusta

English for Academic Purposes

For students: Online resources for college and adult learners of English

Compiled by Kristin McLaren, Post-Doctoral Scholar for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 



Curated resources for academic writing from EAP Foundation

Writing Activities: Leveled, targeted online writing exercises from the British Council.


English for Emails from British Council 


Academic Writing Course: Online academic writing course from Heriot-Watt University.


Academic Writing: Paragraphs: Exercises on topic sentences, building paragraphs, and more.


Harvard College Writing: Some useful resources, especially Strategies for Essay Writing.


Purdue Online Writing Lab: The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.


The Writing Center Tips and tools from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


University Writing. Writing guidelines from La Trobe University.


Listening practice for College/Adult Learners:

Breaking news in English

English listening library online

TED Talks

Listen a minute

Randall’s ESL cyber listening lab

ESL videos - leveled authentic resources

BBC Learning English


Explicit grammar instruction:

Grammar Bytes

Additional Resources:*

Emojis in the English Classroom

*Additional Resources recommended by others such as Blaire B.  

Accessibility Statement
The University provides reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities upon request. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for a workshop should contact UMA Libraries at to submit a request. Due to the lead-time needed to arrange certain accommodations, individuals should submit their request no later 1 week before the event.