We are very pleased to announce that our Routledge Education November Author of the Month is Stephen Bailey! Stephen is the author of our bestselling Academic Writing textbook, the fifth edition of which, will be publishing on 14th December. What motivated him to write this textbook? How does this book differ from other books on the market? Read our exclusive interview with Stephen below to find out!
Stephen Bailey has been teaching English to a wide variety of students for over forty years. He taught students in Barcelona, Tokyo, Malaysia, Prague and Toulouse before returning to Britain, where he taught English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to international students at Derby University and the University of Nottingham. He has also written Academic Writing for International Students of Business and The Essentials of Academic Writing for International Students (both Routledge). Currently he is a freelance writer of materials for EAP, and lives in a Derbyshire village with his wife and daughter.
Among his other interests are Nottinghamshire novelist D.H. Lawrence, who is the subject of his book Heartlands - A Guide to D.H. Lawrence’s Midlands Roots (with Chris Nottingham), and exploring the old routes of Derbyshire, the subject of another book, The Derbyshire Portway.
What motivated you to write Academic Writing?
I have spent many years teaching writing to international students, both in Britain and abroad. I found a real lack of practical, hands-on material for these students, and so started to prepare my own. As my materials were always popular with my students I organised them into a comprehensive guide, which became Academic Writing.
How did you approach writing the 5th edition of Academic Writing?
I wanted to make the book as up-to-date and topical as possible, and at the same time to re-organise the main parts to make it totally accessible. I hope the contents of this edition reflect some of the challenges international students face when they first encounter the demands of English-medium higher education.
How does Academic Writing differ from other textbooks on the market?
Firstly, my book is specifically aimed at the problems faced by international students whose first language is not English. Secondly, it is organised in a very clear way, so that students can use it for self-study and easily find the help they need. Furthermore, it is not a series of instructions to students - it involves them in activities on every page. Finally, it contains a full set of answers for the writing exercises, so students can check their progress throughout.
What do you hope students can take away from this book?
I hope students can learn the writing skills needed for academic success, and go on to enjoy their studies without worrying about their writing abilities.
Can you sum up the book in one sentence?
Now in its fifth edition, Academic Writing helps international students succeed in writing essays and reports for their English-language academic courses. Thoroughly revised and updated, it is designed to let teachers and students easily find the topics they need, both in the classroom and for…
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