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Demystifying Academic Writing
Genres, Moves, Skills, and Strategies

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ISBN 9780367675080
April 15, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
272 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Accessible and informative, this book is designed to enhance the capacity of graduate and undergraduate students, as well as early career scholars, to write for academic purposes. Fang describes the key genres and types of academic writing, explains common rhetorical moves, offers linguistic strategies and insights to give students the skills they need for effective academic writing across genres and disciplines. Fang’s functional linguistic approach to academic writing enables readers to do so much more than write well-formed grammatical sentences; it leverages writing as a meaning-making process to position language choices as the central focus. Covering reading responses, book reviews, essays, empirical research articles, grant proposals, and more, this text is an all-in-one resource for building a successful career in academic writing and scholarly publishing.

Each chapter features authentic writing examples as well as thoughtful analysis, and practical applications, and reflective questions. Fang complements these examples with self-assessment tools for writers. Assuming no technical knowledge, this text is ideal for both non-native and native English speakers alike, and for courses in academic writing, composition, and L2 writing instruction.

Table of Contents


Section I Unpacking Academic Writing

Chapter 1 What is Academic Writing?

Chapter 2 Linguistic Features of Academic Writing

Chapter 3 Skills and Strategies for Academic Writing: Part One

Chapter 4 Skills and Strategies for Academic Writing: Part Two

Section II Writing Academic Genres

Chapter 5 Writing a Reading Response

Chapter 6 Writing a Book Review

Chapter 7 Writing a Literature Review

Chapter 8 Writing an Argumentative Essay

Chapter 9 Writing an Empirical Research Article

Chapter 10 Writing a Grant Proposal

Section III Maximizing Success in Writing and Publishing

Chapter 11 Building Capacity for Academic Writing

Chapter 12 Writing for Scholarly Publication

Appendix A Survey of Academic Writing Needs

Appendix B Checklist for Self Assessment of Academic Writing

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Zhihui Fang is the Irving and Rose Fien Endowed Professor of Education in the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida, USA.