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. https://rise.articulate.com/share/rG_bQo6f6LOqfXbxBeFNPK84Alv6KOfi#/


Academic Writing: Paragraphs: Exercises on topic sentences, building paragraphs, and more. https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/llc/llc_resources/academic-writing/index.html


Harvard College Writing: Some useful resources, especially Strategies for Essay Writing. https://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/resources


Purdue Online Writing Lab: The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/purdue_owl.html


The Writing Center Tips and tools from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. https://writingcenter.unc.edu/tips-and-tools/


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 uma.library@maine.edu 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.