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Academic Writing Centre: English as a Second Language

Help for ESL Students

There is a saying that academic English is nobody's first language. Expressing complex ideas in a second language can be especially difficult. Some challenges particular to ESL students may include the use of definite and indefinite articles, correct word usage, and sentence structure. We can also show you how to take advantage of your linguistic knowledge and to use translation as an editing tool. 

A session at the AWC can also suit advanced learners of English who require more instruction, but whose level is too high for language classes. 


'A' and 'The': a Detailed Article Usage Guide

Presentation for Students of English as a Second Language

This power point presentation was compiled in 2015 by AWC Tutor Dan Wagner