Writing Resource Center

Legal Writing Resources - ESL

Online Resources

A Writer's Reference, an online companion to the Diana Hacker book of the same name, contains free grammar exercises, exercises for non-native speakers, and links to additional online resources for ESL students.

The Online Writing Lab ("OWL") at Purdue University provides multiple handouts on ESL topics, exercises with answers, and links to additional resources.

The Voice of America News Service's "Special English" allows users to listen to a news story while reading along with a script of the same story. The vocabulary is simplified, idioms are not used, and stories are read at a slower pace to allow for easier comprehension. The site also offers games and quizzes that use the vocabulary found in the news stories.

The English Page offers grammar exercises, as well as explanations and examples of various parts of speech. Of particular interest to ESL students, it includes a "reading room" offering links to periodicals and books, as well as a "listening lounge" where advanced English learners can hear spoken English.

English-At-Home provides users with information on basic English vocabulary and grammar, as well as tests, games, and quizzes.

Merriam Webster's Learner's Dictionary is an online resource designed for advanced level non-native English speakers. In addition to providing definitions, users can hear the words pronounced.

The University of New Hampshire's Connors Writing Center provides a number of handouts for native and non-native speakers. It also includes a number of links to other internet resources for ESL students.

Print Resources

Deborah E. Bouchoux, Aspen Handbook for Legal Writers (2d ed. Aspen Publishers 2009).

Anne Enquist & Laurel Currie Oates, Just Writing (2d ed. Aspen Publishers 2005).

Susan Reid, Legal Writing for International Students (Peconic Press 2005).

Mark E. Wojcik, Introduction to Legal English – An Introduction to Legal Terminology, Reasoning, and Writing in Plain English (2d ed. International Law Institute 2001).

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