N: So what’s up?
E: I have to write a paper in
C: Oh, that’s too bad!
N: So what’s the problem?
E: Where to begin?
N: Do you have problems writing papers?
C: Oh, yes!
E: I don’t know how to select
a topic. I don’t know how to organize the paper. I’m
not sure how to write a paper in English.
N: Hmm, have you thought about using
C and E: ESL-WOW?
C: What’s that?
N: ESL-WOW is the English as a Second
Language Writing Online Workshop.
E: Well, what is it exactly?
N: It’s a website.
C: Is it an online course?
N: No, it’s not a course. It’s
an online writing lab, or OWL. It was made especially for English
language learners who need help with their writing. ESL-WOW is
hosted by Excelsior College.
E: So how is ESL-WOW going to help
N: ESL-WOW will guide you through
the various steps in writing a paper: Getting Ready to Write, Developing
Your Ideas, Revising Your Work, and Editing and Polishing. There
is also a tutorial on plagiarism.
C: Oh, plagiarism!
E: Yes, I always have problems with
the American idea of plagiarism!
C: Yes, it’s confusing.
N: Well, the tutorial will help you
understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it.
E: Sounds great!
C: How do I register for ESL-WOW?
Is it complicated?
N: There is no registration. You just
go to ESLWOW.org.
E: How much does it cost?
N: ESL-WOW is completely free.
C: What if I don’t do well in
N: Well don’t worry. Remember,
it’s not a course, so there are no grades.
E: Where can I find it?
N: The address again is http://eslwow.org.
Hope to see you there!