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Now in its fourth edition, Writing Academic English , by Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue, is the essential writing text to prepare high-intermediate and advanced college or college-bound English language learners for academic success.


  • A step-by-step approach guides students through the process of writing paragraphs and essays.
  • Clear models and varied practice help students to develop confidence and a mature writing style.
  • Examples with academic content prime students for college work.
  • Appendices offer easy reference for key writing, grammar, and research information.

New to the Fourth Edition

  • A chapter dedicated to each pattern of essay organization
  • A chapter on argumentation and using material from outside sources
  • Thought-provoking readings from authentic sources
  • An expanded chapter on summary and paraphrase
  • Instruction in the basics of research and documentation

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Students simply submit their writing online and instantly receive personalized feedback on: Grammar, Usage, Style, Mechanics, Organization, and Development (essays only). Students can turn in better writing, and teachers can save time spent correcting drafts.

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The Longman Academic Writing Series also includes:

  • Level 1 Fundamentals of Academic Writing
  • Level 2 First Steps in Academic Writing, Second Edition
  • Level 3 Introduction to Academic Writing, Third Edition
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131523593
  • Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
  • Publication date: 10/27/2005
  • Edition description: 4TH
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 337
  • Sales rank: 129,072
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Paragraph Structure

The Three Parts of a Paragraph

The Topic Sentence

Position of Topic Sentences

The Two Parts of a Topic Sentence

Supporting Sentences

The Concluding Sentence


Writing Practice

Chapter 2: Unity and Coherence



Repetition of Key Nouns

Key Noun Substitutes

Consistent Pronouns

Transition Signals

Logical Order


Writing Practice

Chapter 3: Supporting Details: Facts, Quotations, and Statistics

Facts versus Opinions

Using Outside Sources


Citing Sources


Direct Quotations

Reporting Verbs and Phrases

Punctuating Direct Quotations

Indirect Quotations

Writing Practice


Writing Practice



Chapter 4: From Paragraph to Essay

The Three Parts of an Essay

The Introductory Paragraph

Funnel Introduction

Attention-Getting Introduction

Thesis Statement

Body Paragraphs

Logical Division of Ideas

Thesis Statements for Logical Division of Ideas

Thesis Statement Pitfalls

Transition Signals between Paragraphs

The Concluding Paragraph

Essay Outlining


Writing Practice

Applying What You Have Learned



Suggestions for Discussion or Writing

Chapter 5: Chronological Order: Process Essays

Thesis Statements for a Process Essay

Transition Signals for Chronological Order


Writing Practice

Applying What You Have Learned

Reading 1


Suggestions for Discussion or Writing

Reading 2


Suggestions for Discussion or Writing

Chapter 6: Cause/Effect Essays

Organization for Cause/Effect Order

Block Organization

Chain Organization

Cause/Effect Signal Words and Phrases

Cause Signal Words

Effect Signal Words


Writing Practice

Applying What You Have Learned



Suggestions for Discussion or Writing

Chapter 7: Comparison/Contrast Essays

Organization of Comparison/Contrast Essays

Point-by-Point Organization

Block Organization

Comparison and Contrast Signal Words

Comparison Signal Words

Contrast Signal Words


Writing Practice

Applying What You Have Learned



Suggestions for Discussion or Writing

Chapter 8 Paraphrase and Summary



Using Paraphrases as Support



Chapter 9: Argumentative Essays

Organization of Argumentative Essays

The Introductory Paragraph

Thesis Statement


Writing Practice

Applying What You Have Learned

Topic 1, Reading 1


Topic 1, Reading 2


Topic 2, Reading 1


Topic 2, Reading 2



Chapter 10: Types of Sentences


Independent Clauses

Dependent Clauses

Kinds of Sentences

Simple Sentence

Compound Sentences

Complex Sentences

Compound-Complex Sentences

Sentence Types and Writing Style


Chapter 11: Using Parallel Structures and Fixing Sentence Problems


Parallelism with Coordinators: And, Or, But

Parallelism with Correlative (Paired) Conjunctions

Sentence Problems

Sentence Fragments

Choppy Sentences

Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices

Stringy Sentences


Editing Practice

Chapter 12: Noun Clauses

That Clauses

Sentences Beginning with It

Special Verb Tenses in That Clauses

If /Whether Clauses

Question Clauses


Editing Practice

Writing Practice

Chapter 13: Adverb Clauses

Kinds of Adverb Clauses

Punctuation of Adverb Clauses

Time Clauses

Place Clauses

Distance, Frequency, and Manner Clauses

Reason Clauses

Result Clauses

Purpose Clauses

Contrast Clauses

Direct Opposition Clauses

Concession (Unexpected Result) Clauses

Conditional Clauses


Editing Practice

Writing Practice

Chapter 14: Adjective Clauses

Relative Pronouns and Adverbs

Position of Adjective Clauses

Verb Agreement in Adjective Clauses

Kinds of Adjective Clauses

Relative Pronouns as Subjects

Relative Pronouns as Objects

Possessive Adjective Clauses

Relative Pronouns as Objects of Prepositions

Relative Pronouns in Phrases of Quantity and Quality

Adjective Clauses of Time and Place


Editing Practice

Writing Practice

Chapter 15: Participial Phrases


Participial Phrases

Reduced Adjective Clauses

Position and Punctuation of Participial Phrases

General Form -ing Participial Phrases

General Form -ed Participial Phrases

Perfect Form Participial Phrases

Participial Phrases and Writing Style

Reduced Adverb Clauses


Editing Practice

Writing Practice

Appendix A: The Process of Academic Writing

The Writing Process, Step 1: Creating (Prewriting)

The Writing Process, Step 2: Planning (Outlining)

The Writing Process, Step 3: Writing

The Writing Process, Step 4: Polishing

Editing Practice

Appendix B: Punctuation Rules




Quotation Marks

Editing Practice

Appendix C: Charts of Connecting Words and Transition Signals

Coordinating Words

Subordinating Words

Conjunctive Adverbs

Transition Signals

Appendix D: Editing Symbols

Appendix E: Research and Documentation of Sources

Types of Sources

Evaluating Sources

Documentation of Sources

In-Text Citations

Works-Cited Lists

Appendix F: Self-Editing and Peer-Editing Worksheets

Scoring Rubrics

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