English Language Learners

Words of Wisdom

  • Avoid run-on sentences they are hard to read.
  • Don't use no double negatives.
  • Use the semicolon properly, always use it where it is appropriate; and never where it isn't.
  • Reserve the apostrophe for it's proper use and omit it when its not needed.
  • Do not put statements in the negative form.
  • Verbs has to agree with their subjects.
  • No sentence fragments.
  • Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
  • Avoid commas, that are not necessary.
  • If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
  • A writer must not shift your point of view.
"Fumblerules," Courtesy of Wikipedia, originally from The New York Times, 1979.

— William Safire

We offer students who speak English as a foreign language assistance with writing and public speaking.

The UWC is not an editing or a proofreading service, as our consultations are tailored more toward finding patterns instead of every error. However, we can help you locate professional freelance editors should you need more in-depth help. Or, we can help you develop the skills you need to proofread and edit your own work.

Our consultants, certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, are generalists. All have English language skills at the level of native English speakers and are sensitive to the needs of English Language Learners. They specialize in assisting writers and public speakers in a wide variety of situations. While they may not be familiar with the details of every discipline's writing style, they can work collaboratively with you to help you understand and follow the requirements of your discipline's genres for organization, grammar, style, and content.  See our full description, including how to make an appointment.

The University Writing Center is not an editing or a proofreading service, but we can help you locate professional freelance editors. Or, we can help you develop the skills you need to proofread and edit your own work.
Schedule a one-to-one consultation in person or by Zoom, and our writing/speaking consultants are happy to just talk. You may have a specific topic you want to explore, or you may just want to use your English. We can help, either way. Be sure to specify your preference when you schedule session.

Make an appointment.

Our Writing and Speaking Guides, both handouts, podcasts, and videos, can be viewed alphabetically or topically. Also see our interactive lessons on a variety of writing topics.
See our list of resources  for English Language Learners. It includes both on-campus help and suggestions for self-study. 
We offer graduate students assistance with writing and public speaking, including class assignments, CVs, journal articles, research posters, oral presentations, theses or dissertations, and the oral defense. We offer workshops, writing retreats, writing groups, and services geared to graduate student writing articles, theses, or dissertations. Find  more information on our graduate student services.

For more information about our services for English Language Learners, contact us


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