1st Edition

Academic Writing and Dyslexia
A Visual Guide to Writing at University

ISBN 9781138291492
Published February 1, 2018 by Routledge
196 Pages 92 Color Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

This book presents a unique visual approach to academic writing and composition specifically tailored to the needs of dyslexic students in higher education. Readers will learn to successfully structure and articulate their ideas, get to grips with critical reading, thinking and writing, and fulfil their full academic potential.

The ‘writing process’ is demystified and techniques for writing compelling, insightful and mark generating essays are conveyed via innovative and meaningful representations, templates, images, icons and prompts, specifically designed to meet the visual and ‘big picture’ strengths of dyslexic learners. A companion website offers supplementary exercises, examples, videos and a full range of downloadable templates and bookmarks.

Written by a dyslexic for dyslexics, Academic Writing and Dyslexia is underpinned by extensive research. As a dyslexic student you will learn to present your thoughts with confidence, critically evaluate competing arguments and gain top marks. The book will help you bridge the gap between your existing coping strategies and the increased demands and rigours of academic writing at university. It will be an invaluable resource for dyslexic students, academics, dyslexia specialists, learning developers and writing tutors throughout the higher education sector.

Table of Contents

1. ‘Stepping up’ from School / College to University 2. Reading to Write 3. Critical Reading and Thinking for Critical Writing 4. Essay Genres and Structures: Seeing the ‘Big Picture’ 5. Visualising Effective Paragraphs: Presenting your Point and Supporting Evidence 6. Presenting your Argument: Writing and Structuring Clear, Effective Sentences 7. Proofreading and Editing

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Adrian J. Wallbank is a Teaching Fellow and Programme Leader for Academic Writing and Communication in the Centre for the Development of Academic Skills at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.


"This is an innovative and pedagogically sound take on an established conceptual model, which I have not come across in other textbooks or guides on the subject. The visualisation strategies used in the book makes it an essential resource for students, as well as teaching and lecturing staff." — Dimitar Angelov, Senior Lecturer at Coventry University, UK.

"This book is refreshingly unique, and it does exactly waht it says on the cover. University students, teaching and lecturing staff will find this book very useful and easy to use. From a specialist teacher's perspective, it is a great resource." — Glynis Lavington, Patoss Bulletin

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Companion Website

Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.