JEFFERSON M. TIANGCO

Assistant Professor, English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL Resources

Grammar
  • Grammar Resource: OWL – These OWL resources will help you use correct grammar in your writing. This area includes resources on grammar topics, such as count and noncount nouns, articles (a versus an), subject-verb agreement, and prepositions. Grammar exercises are also available.
Reading and Vocabulary

Reading

Vocabulary

  • Color Words Thesaurus – There are many different words for different colors. Here’s a graphic that shows the differences in shade, hue, and tone for each color.
  • Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary – .
  • Quizlet.com – Create your own vocabulary flash cards or browse through other sets created by other users worldwide. It’s a great learning tool for learning vocabulary, idioms, and pronunciation.
Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation

Listening and Speaking

Pronunciation

  • The Sounds of American English – Practice pronunciation sounds with this interactive tool. Learn about the difference between voiced and voiceless sounds. The site includes a cross-section of the vocal cavity to better illustrate how English sounds are produced.
Writing
  • MLA Formatting & Style Guide – A comprehensive online guide on how to use MLA (Modern Language Association) style in your essays. Review the basics of in-text citation and the “Works Cited” page.
  • How to Capitalize Titles in MLA Style – MLA has its own capitalization rules for writing titles. Here’s a quick reference guide that you can use. Feel free to print a copy for yourself.
  • Punctuation Resource – These OWL resources will help you with punctuation, such as using commas, quotation marks, apostrophes, and hyphens.