Academic Writing: A Practical Guide for Students

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 192 pages
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Ideal for overseas students studying at English-medium colleges and universities, this practical writing course enables international students to meet the required standard of writing and use an appropriate style for essays, exams and dissertations. Newly revised and updated to include extra exercises and material suggested by teachers and students, Academic Writing explains and demonstrates all the key writing skills and is ideal for use in the classroom or for independent study. Useful at every stage of an academic career and beyond, this indispensable book features:

  • different styles and formats from CVs and letters to formal essays
  • a focus on accuracy
  • coverage of all stages of writing, from understanding titles to checking your work
  • essential academic writing skills such as proper referencing, summarising and paraphrasing
  • diagrams and practice exercises, complete with answers.
 

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Contents

Part
1
Background to writing Writing Foundations
3
Developing plans from titles
6
Evaluating a text Reading and NoteMaking
9
Understanding purpose and register
12
Selecting key points
15
Notemaking
18
Paraphrasing
21
Accuracy in Writing
85
Abbreviations i e WTO
87
Adverbs currentlyeventually
89
Articles aanthe
91
Caution Poor education tends to lead to crime
93
Conjunctions furthermorehowever
95
Formality in verbs speed upaccelerate
98
Modal verbs maycouldshould
100

Summary writing
23
Combining sources
26
Planning a text Writing Stages
29
Organising paragraphs
32
Organising the main body
36
lntroductions
39
Conclusions
42
Rereading and rewriting
45
Proofreading
48
Elements of Writing
51
Cause and effect Flooding results from heavy rain
53
Cohesion The formerthe latter
55
Comparisons His work is more interesting than hers
57
Definitions An assignment is a task given to students
60
Discussion Benefits and drawbacks
62
Examples Many departments for instance medicine
65
Generalisations Computers are useful machines
67
Numbers The figures in the report
70
References and quotations As Donner 1 997 pointed out
73
Style lt is generally agreed that
76
Synonyms lnterpretationexplanation
79
Visual information Graphs charts and tables
81
Nationality language SpainSpanish
102
Nouns and adjectives efficiencyefficient
104
countable and uncountable businessbusinesses
106
Passives The gases were discovered
108
Prefixes and suffixes undergraduategraduate
110
Prepositions The purpose of this paper
113
Prepositions after verbs concentrate on
115
Referring verbs Martins 1975 claimed that
119
Relative pronouns thatwhich
121
Singular plural The team isare
123
Tenses Few scientists disputehave disputed
125
Time words and phrases since the nineteenth century
128
Part
131
Formal letters Letter layout and letters of application
133
CVs Layout and phrasing of a curriculum vitae
135
Designing and reporting surveys Survey reports and questionnaire design
137
Comparison essay A comparison of classroom learning with internetbased teaching
139
Discursive essay Education is the most important factor in national development Discuss
141
Writing Tests
143
Answers
146
Sources
191
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