Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students / Edition 3

Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students / Edition 3

by Stephen Bailey
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415595819

ISBN-13: 9780415595810

Pub. Date: 03/15/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Writing essays and dissertations can be a major concern for overseas students studying at English-medium colleges and universities. Virtually all courses contain a large degree of written assessment and it is essential to ensure that your writing skills meet the necessary standard. Academic Writing is a new kind of writing course for all international students who

Overview

Writing essays and dissertations can be a major concern for overseas students studying at English-medium colleges and universities. Virtually all courses contain a large degree of written assessment and it is essential to ensure that your writing skills meet the necessary standard. Academic Writing is a new kind of writing course for all international students who have to write exams or coursework in English. This practical book thoroughly explains the writing process and covers all the key writing skills.

Clearly organised into four parts, Academic Writing allows both teachers and students to quickly find the help they need with all writing tasks. Each part is split into short sections containing explanations, diagrams and practice exercises, for use in the classroom or self-study. Newly revised and updated, this second edition contains extra exercises and material - much of which has been suggested by teachers and students.

The text is complemented with cross-references and answers are provided to the exercises. Various writing models, such as CVs, letters and essays are also included. Thorough and authoritative, the book: Explains the writing process, from understanding the title to proofreading, Covers key writing skills such as referencing and paraphrasing, Contains twenty-three units on accuracy in writing, Is adaptable for both long and short courses. Any international student wishing to maximise his or her academic potential will find this practical and easy-to-use guide to writing in English a truly indispensable resource.

About the Author:
Stephen Bailey taught English to students in the Czech Republic, Spain, Japan and Malaysia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415595810
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
Acknowledgements     ix
The Writing Process
Student Introduction     1
Background to Writing     3
Avoiding Plagiarism     7
From Titles to Outlines     9
Evaluating Texts     13
Understanding Purpose and Register     17
Selecting Key Points     21
Note-making     25
Paraphrasing     29
Summary Writing     32
Combining Sources     36
Planning Essays     39
Organising Paragraphs     43
Organising the Main Body     48
Introductions     52
Conclusions     56
Rewriting and Proof-reading     60
Elements of Writing
Student Introduction     65
Argument     67
Cause and Effect     70
Cohesion     73
Comparison     75
Definitions     79
Discussion     82
Examples     86
Generalisations     89
Numbers     92
Opening Paragraphs     96
References and Quotations     99
Restatement and Repetition     103
Style     105
Synonyms     109
Variation in Sentence Length     112
Visual Information     114
Accuracy in Writing
Student Introduction     119
Abbreviations     121
Academic Vocabulary     124
Adverbs     127
Articles     130
Caution     133
Confusing Pairs     136
Conjunctions     138
Nationality Language     142
Nouns and Adjectives     144
Nouns - Countable and Uncountable     147
Nouns - Umbrella     150
Prefixes and Suffixes     152
Prepositions     155
Punctuation     158
Relative Pronouns     161
Singular or Plural?     164
Time Words and Phrases     166
Verbs - Formality     169
Verbs - Modal     172
Verbs - Passives     175
Verbs and Prepositions     178
Verbs of Reference     180
Verbs - Tenses     182
Writing Models
Student Introduction     185
Formal Letters     187
CVs     189
Reporting and Designing Surveys      191
Taking Ideas from Sources     194
Comparison Essay     197
Discussion Essay     199
Writing Tests     201
Answers     204
Sources     259

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