Here are some good websites for practising writing:
General writing websites:
- Cultural difference in academic writing
- Quizzes to improve writing
- General information - exercises and general information
- Avoiding plagarism
- Understanding your question
- Researching your question
- Understanding structure
- Using references
- Common mistakes
More useful sites:
- Writing guides - guides on spelling, punctuation, transition signals and more!
GENERAL WRITING WEBSITES
|Cultural differences in academic writing|
|Advanced composition for non-native speakers of English||
Very good explanation of different academic styles in different cultures and how to change your style to suit the Western Academic environment.
|Quizzes to improve writing|
|Guide to grammar and writing||
Lots of quizzes both on grammar and writing.
Correct these common writing errors.
Some great exercises to help you use linking words correctly.
Great exercise! Put the words in the correct order.
Make two sentences into one.
Choose the correct punctuation.
|Spelling test (difficult)||
Do you have good advanced English spelling?
|English club - writing||
Lots of good and interesting information.
|University of Delaware writing handouts||
Some simple help writing paragraphs.
|Principles of composition||
How to write, the structure and more! Great information.
There's a lot of reading here but it has some really good ideas.
Some excellent examples to examine.
|FCE Writing Class - makeovers||
Good for everyone, not only FCE students. Shows writing with corrections. Do you make these mistakes?
|The Plagiarism Court||
Interesting and interactive lesson that explains what plagiarism is and asks you to look at different pieces of writing and judge whether they are plagiarised or not.
|Plagiarism and academic integrity||
Excellent interactive lesson from Rutgers University. Listen to conversations between Kim and Yoko and help them to avoid plagiarism.
|Understanding your question|
|Answering assignment questions||
Before you start make sure you understand the question.
|Analysing the essay question||
More to help you understand the question.
|Analysing the topic||
Another explanation of how to analyse questions.
|Explanation of functions in essay questions||
Very good explanation and exercise.
|Researching your question|
|The research process||
Excellent site that explains how to do good research step-by-step.
|The University of Sydney library database portal||
Best place to start your research. Check out ProQuest 5000, Emaerlad Full-text and Expanded Academic Index asap..
|Electronic databases - online tutorial||
Great interactive online tutorial from Charles Darwin University.
|Essay writing product - the stucture||
Very clear lesson on the structure you need to use for academic essays.
|Essay writing - the basics||
Very good explanation of how to write a good essay.
|Referencing - online tutorial||
Great interactive online tutorial from Chalres Darwin University.
|APA Referencing - detailed lesson||
Explanation of why referencing is important and all the details of the APA system.
|APA Referencing - the basics||
Simple page explaining the APA system.
|Referencing (APA, Harvard and footnote/bibliography systems)||
Detailed clear pages on the Harvard, APA and footnote/bibliography systems.
|Introducing quotations and paraphrases||
Good ways to introduce other writers' ideas (example 'CET strongly argues that...').
|Dumb things that smart academic writers don't do||
Find out common academic writing mistakes and avoid them.
MORE USEFUL SITES
|A rough guide to punctuation||
Great punctuation reference from UNSW's Learning Centre.
|English spelling rules||
Improve your spelling!
|Cambridge advanced learner's dictionary||
The best online dictionary for English students.
|Transition signals in writing||
Using words like 'firstly', 'in contrast' and 'for example' to improve your writing!