English as a Second Language Podcasts

The Question Mark: How and When to Use It

The usage of question marks depends on context. This podcast outlines how to use question marks properly, and provides you with clear examples. The use of question marks in screen plays and in formal and informal writing is also discussed in detail. Continued...


The Comma—Part One: What is a Comma?

Do you ever wonder if you are using too many commas or not enough? In this podcast, we explain what a comma is and how to use it. Continued...


Seven Ways to Stay Awake

Do you find yourself falling asleep in situations where you shouldn’t, perhaps during class or a business meeting? In this podcast, we suggest various tricks, such as stretching, to help you stay awake! Continued...


Quotation Marks: How to Format Quotation Marks

There is actually a lot to consider when using quotation marks, including when to use single or double quotation marks and how to format a quote within a quote. These questions, among others, are answered in this podcast. Continued...


How to Write an Outline: Help! My Paper Is Due in Four Hours and I Can't Get Started!

Writing an outline is an excellent way to help you organize your thoughts and research. An outline should detail how you plan to arrange your essay. This podcast offers helpful information to get you started. Continued...


How to Write a Letter of Complaint

Most people do not like to complain, but writing a tasteful letter of complaint is one way to express your views. This podcast will help you organize your letter and keep it professional. Continued...


Full Stops: A How-To Guide

There are multiple forms of full stops or symbols used to signal the end of a sentence, each used under different circumstances. When to use a full stop and the proper form to use are discussed in this podcast. Continued...


Everything You Need to Know about Italics

While italics are used in both science and arts/humanities writing, they are applied in different ways. In this podcast, to the appropriate use of italics is discussed in detail. Continued...


ESL Writing Tips

You may be great at writing in your native language, but during the translation process what you are trying to say may come across as being inconsistent or unclear. This podcast will give ESL writers some helpful tips to improve their compositions. Continued...


Editing Versus Proofreading

If you are looking for professional help with your writing, it is important to know what you need help with. The differences between editing and proofreading are outlined in this podcast. Knowing these differences will help you obtain the most appropriate service. Continued...



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