Writing in English

Use the resources below to improve your English writing skills.

This page contains useful links that help you with topics such as: improving your vocabulary, using reference guides and punctuation. The column on the right indicates what level you need to use the website.

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Vocabulary

LinkDescriptionLevel
Academic PhrasebankThe Academic Phrasebank of The University of Manchester provides a comprehensive selection of phrases to use in your academic writing, such as describing methods, reporting results and writing conclusions.B2-C2
OWL EnglishThis section of OWL English offers in depth information on writing numbers, necessary for any Academic or Business English user. While giving a general approach, it also categorises number usage and states whether to use them in their written form, figure form or Roman numeral form.B1-C2
ThoughtCo.ThoughtCo. lists the top 50 most commonly used English words. These are helpful for beginners and those at an intermediate level to learn in order to understand them when heard/read and to use them themselves.A1-B1
Transition wordsHere you can find all kinds of linking words. These will help your spoken and written English to sound more refined and mature.B1-C2

Punctuation

LinkDescriptionLevel
EF Education FirstEF Education First provides general information about punctuation usage and subsequently provides links to each aspect of punctuation (e.g. the comma, the colon and the apostrophe).A1-C2
OWL EnglishAn explanation of punctuation elements, including links to further expand upon specifics (e.g. when to use quotation marks, the rules of apostrophe use and how to correctly use the comma).B1-C2

Writing

LinkDescriptionLevel
APA ReferencingThis quick guide from Indiana University Bloomington tells you all the necessary information you need when writing with the APA referencing style.B2-C2
Bartleby.comThis site explores various aspects of style, such as avoiding wordiness, using parallel forms and commonly misused words and expressions. Useful for any writer trying to hone their English skills.B1-C2
Chicago ReferencingThis quick guide from Indiana University Bloomington tells you all the necessary information you need when writing with the Chicago referencing style.B2-C2
Harvard Referencing SystemThis quick guide from the University of Kent tells you all the necessary information you need when writing with the Harvard referencing style.B2-C2
MLA ReferencingThis quick guide from Indiana University Bloomington tells you all the necessary information you need when writing with the MLA referencing style.B2-C2
OWL EnglishOWL English’s General Writing section offers a range of links to cater to your writing needs. Such examples include academic writing and writing academic applications as well as more basic elements like spelling and sentence structure.B1-C2
Principles of CompositionThis page gives a variety of links with helpful advice on all aspects of writing, such as using unbiased language, overcoming writer’s block and being concise.B2-C2
The Writing CenterThe University of Wisconsin-Madison’s “Writing Center” website provides a handbook detailing clear and useful information on a variety of aspects related to academic and general writing. This includes how to avoid plagiarism, information on a range of referencing systems and even tips on how to write a good CV.B1-C2
Using English for Academic PurposesThis website is designed with academic writing in mind, laying out the structure of a good essay, explaining how to avoid plagiarism and the importance of good grammar. UEfAP provides a variety of engaging exercises to help you to practise what you have learnt.B2-C2