ESL Resources

The Legal Writing Center has extensive ESL resouces available to you, which include handouts and texts, in addition to the other resources available to you from the UMB Student Services' Writing Center and through the external ESL resource links listed below.

External ESL Resource Links:

Online Education - ESL Reference Materials – A wonderful, comprehensive collection of external links to ESL-oriented resources available on the web, ranging from basic grammar and online pronunciation assistance to advanced learning opportunities, teaching tools, and transitioning of your bilingual family. Provided by

Language Learning Lab - English Language Resources page provided by the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Language Learning Lab - Writers' Workshop page provided by the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. This page contains a separate link to numerous, supplemental ESL Resources.

Exercises & Handouts Available through Purdue University's OnLine Writing Lab (OWL)

Articles - Available through TESL-EJ (Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language: An Electronic Journal)

Grammar and Style Exercises - The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Dave's ESL Cafe

Supplemental ESL Resources: Recommended Texts

Teresa Kissane Brostoff & Ann Sincheimer, Legal English: An Introduction to the Legal Language and Culture of the United States, ch. 2 (Oceana Publications, Inc. 2000)

E. Allan Farnsworth, An Introduction to the Legal System of the United States (3rd ed., Oceana Publications, Inc. 1996)

Toni M. Fine, American Legal Systems: A Resource and Reference Guide (Anderson Publishing Co. 1997)

Mark E. Wojcik, Introduction to Legal English (International Law Institute 2001)

Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing: Grammar, Punctuation, and Style for the Legal Writer, ch. 10 (Aspen Law & Business 2001). Chapter 10 is written for nonnative speakers; it provides a good, quick reference.

Diana Hacker, The Bedford Handbook for Writers, ch. 29-31 (4th ed., Bedford Books 1997). Part VI of chapters 29-31 deals with "Editing for ESL Problems."

John M. Swales & Christine B. Feak, Academic Writing for Graduate Students: A Course for Nonnative Speakers of English (U. of Mich. 1994). Note: This is not a legal resource, but is a good ESL resource.