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ESL Resources for Students: Writing

ESL Resources for Students is divided into skill areas of language-learning, similar to the kinds of ESL courses at DUQ. Use the guide at your own speed: select just the resources you like best to help you practice.

Books in Gumberg Library

Keep a Journal

Keep a Journal or Write a Blog!

Writing Center

Improve your writing skills by keeping a physical journal or online blog (and share with your friends)... the trick is to write a little every day, even if it is not perfect. You can write about a special topic (ex. cooking or sports), your life in Pittsburgh, or reviews on restaurants, books, or movies. There are many blogging sites to choose from:

  • Tumblr for short texts with pictures. BUT your friends cannot comment.
  • Blogger for short to longer texts with pictures.
  • Twitter for very short texts and conversations.

Before you get started, please read this simple guide on copyright law and what copyright means for blogging. The Gumberg Library also offers presentations on copyright law; please check the calendar for upcoming events.

More Blogging Questions?

GCF Blog Basics Tutorial

ESL Tutors

Need help with your ESL assignments?

Contact Mrs. Barnard to make an appointment with an ESL Tutor. Sessions are held in 425 College Hall.

Kathy Barnard
429 College Hall

Need help with writing assignments from a non-ESL course?

The DUQ Writing Center staff offer short, individual writing lessons based on your writing needs. Work on course assignments, résumés, websites, presentations, personal writing, and more.

Schedule an appointment with Claire Gates, the ESL Writing Specialist. Bring your computer with a copy of your work, so you can revise during the session.


Playing educational games is a fun and effective way to learn anything!

There are many games in the Curriculum Center at the Gumberg Library that help you practice your grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, writing, pronunciation, and more. And you may take them home!

Find Games at Gumberg Library

Choose & do language 
arts grids

Check out these Online Games:

Online Writing Reference

Writing a paper?

Here are some writing guides to help you get started.

Leave Comments

Comment on Online Articles and Blog Posts

VOA Learning English TV

Online Punctuation Rules & Practice

Punctuation Guides