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ESL Tutoring

Free tutoring for RDP students learning English as an additional language.

Writing in English

Resources to help you write in English:

Write and Improve
This website has a variety of prompts according to level that you respond to and are given immediate feedback. It’s not perfect, of course, and may miss some mistakes, but overall it may be a useful tool to improve your writing. It is quite useful for grammar and spelling.

Writing Skills Centre
Visit Red Deer Polytechnic's Writing Skills Centre for personalized help with your academic writing.

What is Plagiarism (And How to Avoid It)

Plagiarism occurs when you take another person’s words or ideas and claim them as your own.

The most common forms of plagiarism are:

  • copying or paraphrasing another author’s work without proper acknowledgement
  • using the ideas or lines of reasoning of another author’s work without proper acknowledgement
  • submitting work that someone else has written or substantially edited
  • submitting the same work for multiple courses without approval

List from RDP Student Misconduct: Academic and Non-Academic policy

Plagiarism has severe consequences, including failure, suspension, and expulsion. In college courses, you are expected to document your sources properly and consistently.

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to cite your sources. Commonly used citation styles include APA, MLA, and Chicago.

To learn more, see the RDP Library’s Academic Integrity guide.

ESL Resources

These websites will help you as you learn English:

Longman Advanced Dictionary Online
For ESL learners, I recommend the Longman Advanced American Dictionary. This link is to the free version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English and has translations available in Spanish, Korean & Japanese.

English for Academic Purposes
Many resources for reading, writing, listening and speaking!