2nd Edition

The Essentials of Academic Writing for International Students

By Stephen Bailey Copyright 2024
    252 Pages 9 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    252 Pages 9 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Written to help international students write essays and reports for their English-language university courses, this key title covers the essentials needed to achieve academic writing success. An easy-to-follow course that builds writing confidence and can be used both in the classroom and for self-study, this second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to contain relevant examples, explanations and exercises.

    Split into two key areas, the first part explains and demonstrates every stage of essay writing, from choosing the best sources, reading and note-making, through to referencing and proofreading. The second part explores key areas such as academic vocabulary and punctuation and is organised alphabetically for easy reference. A progress check at the end of each part allows students to assess their learning. All units are fully cross-referenced, and a complete set of answers to the practice exercises is included. There is also additional online support material available including a full set of teaching notes, more challenging exercises, revision material and links to other sources as well as interactive quizzes and videos to help develop knowledge. Additional features of the book include:

    • Use of authentic academic texts from a wide range of disciplines
    • Designed for self-study as well as classroom use
    • Useful at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
    • Fully updated, with sections on using electronic sources

    All international students wanting to maximise their academic potential will find this practical, concise and easy-to-use book an invaluable guide to writing in English for their degree courses.

    Part 1: The Writing Process and Writing Skills

    1.1      Writing Basics
    1.2      Understanding Essay Questions and the Planning Process
    1.3      Reading: Finding Suitable Sources
    1.4      Reading: Developing Critical Approaches
    1.5      Finding Key Points and Note-making
    1.6      Summarising and Paraphrasing
    1.7      References and Quotations
    1.8      Avoiding Plagiarism
    1.9      Contrasting Sources
    1.10    Organising Paragraphs
    1.11    Introductions and Conclusions
    1.12    Editing and Proofreading

    Part 2: Elements of Writing

    2.1      Academic Vocabulary: Nouns and Adjectives
    2.2      Academic Vocabulary: Verbs and Adverbs
    2.3      Definite Articles
    2.4      Generalisations
    2.5      Comparisons
    2.6      Numbers
    2.7      Passives
    2.8      Prepositions
    2.9      Punctuation
    2.10    Singular or plural?
    2.11    Time markers
    2.12    Visual information


    Stephen Bailey taught English for Academic Purposes at the University of Nottingham, UK. Previously he taught in Barcelona, Tokyo, Johor Bahru and Prague. His other books include Academic Writing, A Handbook for International StudentsAcademic Writing for International Students of Business and EconomicsThe Essentials of Academic Writing for International Students and Academic Writing for University Students, all published by Routledge.