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Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language

A Handbook for Supervisors, 1st Edition

By Brian Paltridge, Sue Starfield, Brian Paltridge, Sue Starfield


192 pages

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The relationship of supervisor to student has traditionally been seen as one of apprenticeship, in which much learning is tacit, with the expectation that the student will become much like the tutor. The changing demographics of higher education in conjunction with imperatives of greater accountability and support for research students have rendered this scenario both less likely and less desirable and unfortunately many supervisors are challenged by the task of guiding non-native speaker students to completion. This handbook is the ideal guide for all supervisors working with undergraduate and postgraduate non-native speaker students writing a thesis or dissertation in English as it explicitly unpacks thesis writing, using language that is accessible to research supervisors from any discipline.

Table of Contents

1. The Background to Thesis and Dissertation Writing 2. The Research Process 3. Working with Non-Native Speaker Students 4. Thesis and Dissertation Writing in a Second Language 5. Writing a Research Proposal 6. The Overall Shape of Theses and Dissertations 7. Writing the Introduction 8. Writing the Background Chapters 9. Writing the Methodology Chapter 10. Writing the Results Chapters 11. Writing the Discussion Chapters 12. Writing the Concluding Chapter 13. Writing the Abstract and Acknowledgements Sections 14. Resources for Thesis and Dissertation Writing

About the Authors

Brian Paltridge is Associate Dean (Graduate Studies), and Associate Professor in TESOL

Faculty of Education and Social Work, at the University of Sydney, Australia

Susan Starfield is Director of The Learning Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Bilingual Education
EDUCATION / Guidance & Orientation
EDUCATION / Research