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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Perhaps a bit more about ESL Journal than you really want to know.

Question: Who is behind ESL Journal?

Answer: ESL Journal was created and is hosted and supported by Clark Internet Publishing.

Question: This is a great idea! Can my business sponsor the site?

Answer: Thanks for asking! All donations are gratefully accepted. We are also building a directory of our sponsors. Sponsors can make donations of $100 or more. Depending on the nature of the contribution. sponsors receive a listing in our directory and/or a banner ad with the web link(s) of their choice. All funds received are used exclusively for development of the project, including materials, training and Internet costs.

Students

Information for students on how to use ESL Journal in your classes.

Question: How do I register to use ESL Journal?

Answer: Each teacher uses ESL Journal differently. Ask your teacher for instructions and assignments. You are also welcome to register independently.

Question: How can I show my ESL Journal entries to my friends and relations?

Answer: Some items in the Journal are public; others are visible only to registered members.

  • Whenever you post a new item (update) in your personal profile, any visitor may read it while it is among the most recent 100 updates. A few recent updates appear on the home page, and about 100 appear on the Members page. Registered users can read it at any time and can write to you from your profile with comments or suggestions.
  • If you wish to submit a longer article, use the Inquiries form linked at the top of every page to send the text to the editors.
To inform your friend(s)
  1. Copy the link (URL) of the page from your browser.
  2. Create an email message to your friend(s) and paste the link in the body of the message.
  3. Send your message.
This is also a good way to tell your teacher you have finished your assignment.

If your post is selected for publication in the Journal's Web Log, registration is not required to see it. Personal posts by students and others are only included in the Web Log by recommendation of a teacher.

Teachers

Information for teachers on how to use ESL Journal in your classes.

Question: How can I incorporate ESL Journal into my classes?

Answer: Teachers anywhere can use ESL Journal.

Authors

Registered users may submit professional articles.

Question: How can I submit an article to be considered for publication?

Answer: It's easy! Step One is to become a registered user. Just follow the Join link at the top of any page. After registration, sign in.

While you are signed in, paste your article into the form as plain text. Do not include HTML or other formatting, as the text will be reformatted to the requirements of our layout. Subheadings if used should be typed as a separate line separated by blank lines.

Articles may describe experience, experiments, activities, etc. We're less interested in flights of fancy or abstract theories. Length is variable, but in general the upper limit is about 10,000 characters without prior consultation.

If graphics are to be included, please describe them and submit one example. The location of graphics relative to the text will be determined by the editors, but you should indicate the related content with a parenthesized comment (e.g., "[Photo One]"). (Since this is all about English, the text really needs to stand alone.)

Articles must be in English, though a summary in another language is acceptable if appropriate.

All articles are subject to open commentary by registered users.

We will read your article and make an editorial decision. Some articles will be submitted to external review. We are actively interested in diverse points of view.