Culturally Speaking Newsletters

Culturally Speaking Newsletters

Culturally Speaking is a short series of one to two page newsletters about educational, linguistic, and cultural topics within higher education, written by Danielle Bergez.

January 2016 From High School to University

February 2016 Class Participation

March 2016 What's in a Name?

April 2016 Plagiarism in Essays and Research Papers: What is an Instructor to Do?

May 2016 Welcome

June 2016 Effective Communication

July 2016 The Roller Coaster of Acculturation

August 2016 Academic Culture Shock Part 1

October 2016 Academic Culture Shock Part 2

November 2016 Resources about International Students

December 2016 Studying in a Non-Native Language

January 2017 New Year, New Semester, New Block!

February 2017 Resources for Cultural Awareness

March 2017 International Students and Scholars in the U.S.

April 2017 Writing Myths

ESL Instructor Resources

ESL Instructor Resources

The following resources contain information and advice for instructors working with non-native speakers of English including, but not limited to, cultural differences in education, class participation, communication, listening comprehension, note-taking, writing, and presenting.

Tips for Teaching Non-Native English Speaking Students by Margareta Larsson of Georgia State University

Files for Faculty and Writing Specialists by University of Toronto

Recognizing and Addressing Cultural Variations in the Classroom by Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence Intercultural Communication Center-Carnegie Mellon University

Valuing Written Accents from George Mason University

Teaching International Students: Pedagogical Issues and Strategies by Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Creating Inclusive College Classrooms by Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan


The following e-books are available through the Wilmington University Library and also contain a variety of information and resources for instructors working with non-native English speaking students.

Look at me when I talk to you: ESL learners in non-ESL classrooms by Helmer & Eddy (2002)

WAC and second language writers: Research towards linguistically and culturally inclusive programs and practices by Zawacki & Cox (2014)

Teaching international students: Improving learning for all by Carroll & Ryan (2005)

International student adaptation to academic writing in higher education by Tran (2013)

ESL Student Resources – Writing

ESL Student Resources – Writing

The following links provide writing resources for non-native speakers of English.

ESL Students by Purdue Online Writing Lab

Writing Advice by University of Toronto

Writing Machine by Hong Kong University

College Writing for ESL/ELL Students by SUNY Empire State College

ESL/EFL Resources by Duke

ESL Student Resources – Vocabulary

ESL Student Resources – Vocabulary

The following links contain academic vocabulary resources and exercises for non-native English speakers.

The Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead

Vocabulary Exercises for the Academic Word List (AWL) by ESL instructor Gerry Luton

Academic Word List (AWL) Practice Pages by Konan University

Academic Word List (AWL) Tool by RMIT University

Vocabulary Exercises by British Council

ESL Student Resources – Grammar

ESL Student Resources – Grammar

The links below offer non-native English speaking students resources about grammar.

The Brief Penguin Handbook Common ESL Errors Workbook by Faigley, Graves, and Graves

Guide to Grammar and Writing by Capital Community College Foundation

Writing Advice by University of Toronto

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation by Jane Straus and

English Language Centre Grammar Index by University of Victoria

English Grammar by British Council