Academic Writing for Graduate Students, 3rd Edition: Essential Tasks and Skills

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Like its predecessor, the third edition of Academic Writing for Graduate Students explains understanding the intended audience, the purpose of the paper, and academic genres; includes the use of task-based methodology, analytic group discussion, and genre consciousness-raising; shows how to write summaries and critiques; features Language Focus sections that address linguistic elements as they affect the wider rhetorical objectives; and helps students position themselves as ...
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Overview


Like its predecessor, the third edition of Academic Writing for Graduate Students explains understanding the intended audience, the purpose of the paper, and academic genres; includes the use of task-based methodology, analytic group discussion, and genre consciousness-raising; shows how to write summaries and critiques; features Language Focus sections that address linguistic elements as they affect the wider rhetorical objectives; and helps students position themselves as junior scholars in their academic communities.

Among the many changes in the third edition:
*newer, longer, and more authentic texts and examples
*greater discipline variety in texts (added texts from hard sciences and engineering)
*more in-depth treatment of research articles
*greater emphasis on vocabulary issues
*revised flow-of-ideas section
*additional tasks that require students to do their own research
*more corpus-informed content
*binding that allows the book to lay flat when open.

The Commentary (teacher's notes and key) (978-0-472-03506-9) has been revised expanded. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Thrid Edition vii

Unit 1 An Approach to Academic Writing 1

Audience 4

Purpose and Strategy 6

Organization 8

Style 14

Language Focus: The Vocabulary Shift-Verbs 17

Language Focus: The Vocabulary Shift-Nouns and Other Parts of Speech 20

Language Focus: Other Stylistic Features 22

Flow 30

Language Focus: Linking Words and Phrases 37

Presentation 48

Positioning 53

Unit 2 General-Specific and Specific-General Texts 55

Opening with General Statements 61

Opening with Statistics 64

Opening with Definitions 65

Writing a Definition 65

Some Common Ways to Define in Academic Writing 67

Language Focus: Verbs in Defining and Naming 68

A Brief Look at the Elements of Formal Sentence Definitions 71

Extended Definitions 74

Variations in Definations 84

Discussions of Schools of Thought 89

Specific-to-General Organization 92

Unit 3 Problem, Process, and Solution 100

The Structure of Problem-Solution Texts 101

Language Focus: Mid-Position Adverbs 105

Procedures and Processes 108

Language Focus: -ing Clauses to Indicate Cause and Effect 115

Language Focus: Passive Voice 119

Flow of Ideas in a Process Description 125

Language Focus: Indirect Questions 133

Introducing the Solution 137

Unit 4 Data Commentary 139

Strength of Claim 139

Structure of Data Commentary 144

Location Elements and Summaries 147

Language Focus: Verbs in Indicative and Informative Location Statements 149

Language Focus: Linking as Clauses 152

Highlighting Statements 156

Language Focus: An Introduction to Qualifications and Strength of Claim 156

Language Focus: Specific Ways of Moderating or Qualifying a Claim 159

Organization 165

Language Focus: Comparisons 167

Concluding a Commentary 172

Language Focus: Dealing with Unexpected Outcomes or "Problems" 174

Dealing with Graphs 177

Dealing with Chronological Data 181

Language Focus: Prepositions of Time 183

Unit 5 Writing Summaries 188

Considerations before Writing a Summary 189

Some Notes on Plagiarism 196

Paraphrasing 202

Careful Use of Synonyms 206

Language Focus: Identifying the Source 211

Language Focus: Summary Reminder Phrases 216

Syntheses of More than One Source 220

Language Focus: Showing Similarities and Differences 225

Unit 6 Writing Critiques 228

Book Reviews 230

Language Focus: Stating Opinions 239

Language Focus: Evaluative Language 242

Evaluating a Published Article 248

Language Focus: Unreal Conditionals 260

Language Focus: Evaluative Language Revisited 262

Critical Reading 265

Language Focus: Beginning the Critique 268

Language Focus: Inversions 269

Reaction Papers 270

Language Focus: Non-Standard Quotation Marks (Scare Quotes) 274

A Few Thoughts on Manuscript Reviews for a Journal 276

Unit 7 Constructing a Research Paper I 277

Types of Journal Publication 278

Short Communications (SCs) in Disciplines that Report Fieldwork 280

Longer Research Papers 284

Methods Sections 289

Language Focus: Linking Phrases in Methods Sections 301

Results Sections 305

Language Focus: Another Look at Location Statements 309

Language Focus: Special Verb Agreements 314

Language Focus: Making Comparisons 316

Unit 8 Constructing a Research Paper II 327

Introductions 327

Creating a Research Space 331

Language Focus: Citation and Tense 344

Language Focus: Negative Openings in Move 2 350

Language Focus: Purpose Statements and Tense 356

Discussion Sections 363

Language Focus: Levels of Generalization 371

Language Focus: Expressions of Limitation 372

Unfinished Business 378

Appendixes 390

Appendix 1 The Grammar of Definitions 390

Appendix 2 Articles in Academic Writing 395

Appendix 3 Academic English and Latin Phrases 403

References 407

Index 415

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