Useful as a course book or as a self-study guide, this text is essential reading for all international students studying for a British qualification at university. It provides a clear guide to the areas that need to be considered in order to research and produce a well presented and cohesive piece of academic writing. The steps outlined, and the language used, are accessible, and graded to a level that steadily introduces new writing concepts to students studying for a degree in a second or additional language. In particular it covers planning, conducting research, critical thinking, structuring an essay, use of sources and referencing, and feedback and revision.
Andrew Graham is the award leader for an International Foundation Programme (IFP) run in collaboration between Chengdu University of Technology, China and Oxford Brookes University, UK. Andrew has worked closely with ESL students for over 8 years, teaching a range of modules that centre around academic research and writing, group-work, presentation skills, and critical thinking. He has worked on syllabus design across these modules and created a variety of resources that are appropriate for international students studying for a British qualification.
Foreword Introduction 1. Academic Writing Overview Unit 1.1 - What is Academic Writing? Unit 1.2 - Features of Academic Writing 2. Understanding the Topic & Planning Unit 2.1 - Understanding Assessment Tasks Unit 2.2 - Creating New Ideas Unit 2.3 - Planning an Academic Paper 3. Academic Arguments Unit 3.1 - Arguments in Writing Unit 3.2 - Critical Thinking Unit 3.3 - Identifying Fallacies 4. Structure: Introductions Unit 4.1 - General Statements Unit 4.2 - Thesis Statements & Essay Maps 5. Structure: Main Body Paragraphs Unit 5.1 - Topic Sentences Unit 5.2 - Presenting Your Ideas Unit 5.3 - Concluding Sentences Unit 5.4 - Cohesion 6. Structure: Conclusions Unit 6.1 - Elements of a Conclusion Unit 6.2 - Final Ideas 7. Finding Evidence Unit 7.1 - Types of Sources Unit 7.2 - Types of Evidence Unit 7.3 - Conducting Research Unit 7.4 - Reliability 8. Reading Techniques Unit 8.1 - Reading Comprehension Unit 8.2 - Skimming & Scanning Unit 8.3 - SQ3R and KWL 9. Using Others' Ideas Unit 9.1 - Preparation Unit 9.2 - Paraphrasing Unit 9.3 - Summarising Unit 9.4 - Translations Unit 9.5 - Quotations Unit 9.6 - Reporting Verbs 10. Referencing.................................................................. 139 Unit 10.1 - Understanding Referencing Unit 10.2 - Citations Unit 10.3 - Reference Lists 11. Revision Techniques Unit 11.1 - Feedback Unit 11.2 - Revising Paragraphs 12. Proofreading Unit 12.1 - Spelling & Grammar Unit 12.2 - Formatting Unit 12.3 - Writing Checklists Unit 12.4 - What Not to Write Exercises