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1st Edition

The Essentials of Academic Writing for International Students

ISBN 9781138885622
Published August 6, 2015 by Routledge
246 Pages

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Book Description

Most international students need to write essays and reports for exams and coursework, but writing good academic English is one of the most demanding tasks students face. The Essentials of Academic Writing for International Students has been developed to help these students succeed in their assignments—quickly!

This course has a clear, easy-to-follow structure. In the first part, Process and Skills, each stage of the writing process is demonstrated and practised, from selecting suitable sources, reading, note-making and planning through to re-writing and proof-reading.

Each unit contains examples, explanations and exercises, for use in the classroom or for self-study. The units are clearly organised to allow teachers and students find the help they need with writing tasks.

The second part of the book, Elements of Writing, deals with key areas for improving accuracy, such as academic vocabulary, using numbers and punctuation. This section can be linked with the first part or used for reference or self-study.

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

  • All elements of writing are clearly explained

  • Full range of practice exercises, with answer key included

  • Use of authentic academic texts and examples

  • Fully up-to-date, with sections on finding electronic sources and evaluating internet material

Table of Contents

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Part 1: Process and Skills

1.1 Introduction to Writing

1.2 Reading: Assessing Sources

1.3 Reading: Critical Approaches

1.4 Avoiding Plagiarism

1.5 Understanding Titles and Essay Planning Showing Cause and Effect

1.6 Finding Key Points and Note-making

1.7 Summarising and Paraphrasing

1.8 References and Quotations

1.9 Combining Sources

1.10 Organising Paragraphs

1.11 Introductions and Conclusions

1.12 Rewriting and Proofreading

Part 2: Elements of Writing

2.1 Academic Vocabulary: Nouns and Adjectives

2.2 Academic Vocabulary: Verbs and Adverbs

2.3 Making Comparisons

2.4 Numbers

2.5 Passives

2.6 Prepositions

2.7 Punctuation

2.8 Singular or plural?

2.9 Time markers

2.10 Visual information

Part 3: Writing Models

3.1 Reports

3.2 Longer Essays

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Stephen Bailey is a freelance writer of materials for English for Academic Purposes. He has taught students in Barcelona, Tokyo, Johor Bahru and Prague, and more recently at Derby University and the University of Nottingham. His other books include Academic Writing, A Handbook for International Students and Academic Writing for International Students of Business (Routledge).