Plagiarism, I think, can be a tricky concept to help students understand. I can understand how an English Language Learner in an academic setting might be tempted to copy-and-paste someone else’s work.
This is a very short “The Best…” list sharing online resources that my students have found engaging and, I believe, helpful to them “getting it.” (Also, for my purposes, I’ve found the Plagiarism Detector to be a helpful tool to confirm that students are using their own words. Plagium is a similar too).
Here are my choices for The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism (and that are accessible to English Language Learners). They are not in any order of preference:
Plagiarism is from Acadia University, and should be accessible to Intermediate English Language Learners. It’s an animated slideshow reviewing the problem.
The Monash University Library has an accessible quiz where users have to choose if examples show plagiarism or not. It’s not flashy, but I think it’s exceptionally effective.
Lycoming College has a simple slideshow on plagiarism. Again, it’s not flashy, but the language is fairly simple, and should be accessible to Intermediate English Language Learners. They also have a Plagiarism Game.
Breaking News English features an article and exercises about plagiarism that’s specifically geared towards English Language Learners.
Mt. Hood Community College also has a simple and accessible Avoiding Plagiarism interactive slideshow.
Academic Integrity is from Ryerson University. It’s very well put together, and is basically a series of animated stories with text and audio support. The language, though, might only be accessible to advanced English Language Learners.
What Is Plagiarism? is a series of entertaining videos from Rutgers University. It, too, is probably only accessible to advanced English Language Learners.
CyberBee has an accessible animation giving background on the whole idea of Copyright.
How to Avoid Plagiarism: A Complete Guide for ESL Learners is an excellent article specifically designed for ELL’s. It even provides audio support for the text.
On a “different” note, teachers (particularly ESL teachers) might find an article titled A Different Perspective on Plagiarism thought-provoking. It comes from The Internet TESL Journal.
PaperRater is a good tool to check on if writing has been plagiarized.
Simple thoughts about fair use is by Seth Godin.
Jon, a reader, writes:
The University of Florida developed three Flash games for their ‘Gaming Against Plagiarism’ project.
Suggestions are always welcome.