Welcome! Multilingual speakers and writers enrich our WVU community. We hope you find these resources helpful.

PACT PACT circle that emphasizes purpose, audience, conventions, and trouble spots.

Four key questions help establish a PACT for conveying your messages clearly and effectively:

  1. Purpose: What exactly do I want to happen?
  2. Audience: Who is reading, listening, or viewing?
  3. Conventions: What is expected in this context?
  4. Trouble spots: What could get in the way of my goals?


      Every language and culture has unique characteristics.  These sites help provide introductions and practice.

      • North American Academic Audiences: a brief introduction from Purdue University.
      • Verbix Verb Conjugator.  Identify, translate, and conjugate verbs in several languages.
      • Learning English: A rich collection of print, audio, and video activities from the Voice of America.
      • Activities for ESL Students.  Quizzes, tests, exercises and puzzles to help you learn English as a Second Language (ESL) This project of The Internet TESL Journal (iteslj.org) has thousands of contributions by many teachers.
      • ESLgold.com . While many of the resources are for young learners, this site still offers some useful links to help with speaking, listening, reading, and writing.