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  C: Hello.
  E: Hi!
  N: So what’s up?
  E: I have to write a paper in English.
  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 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 me?
  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 it?
  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://esl-wow.org. Hope to see you there!

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