Academic Writing Skills for International Students

Academic Writing Skills for International Students

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This engaging guide will equip students who are non-native speakers of English with the tools and confidence to respond effectively and appropriately to written assignments at university. It supports students in the development of essential writing skills, such as structuring paragraphs and building an argument, and provides practical guidance on adhering to the conventions of academic writing. It guides students systematically through a series of text analyses which bring out key linguistic and rhetorical features, making complex textual issues manageable and understandable for learners of all abilities.

This is an ideal self-study aid for non-native English speakers, both on pre-sessional language courses and on degree programmes, who need to get to grips with the conventions of academic writing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 223 pages
  • 193 x 260 x 12.7mm | 498g
  • Red Globe Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2019
  • 65 Tables, color; VIII, 223 p.
  • 1352003759
  • 9781352003758
  • 378,457

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'This book offers many examples of authentic student assignments, as well as excellent activities which develop writing skills. I recommend it to students studying on their own or taking academic writing classes. Writing teachers will find this book very helpful!' - Linh Phung, Chatham University, USA

'Siew Hean Read provides a systematic, logical and clear guide to academic writing, with opportunities to practise the different skills. One of the most helpful features is that the practice examples are taken from different disciplines, which makes them meaningful to a range of students. I would strongly recommend the book to both students and teachers.' - Rosalind Gallacher, University of Strathclyde, UK

Are you studying, or preparing to study, in an English-medium university? If so, this user-friendly guide is for you. Featuring examples of student writing and exercises throughout, it will help you to develop your academic writing skills so that you can achieve the best possible marks.

The book begins by providing a clear overview of the essential features of good academic writing, before exploring the different types of written assignment that you are likely to encounter at university, including essays, case studies and reports. Subsequent units present a range of techniques to help you develop your writing, expand your ideas and discuss different views on a topic. The final part contains seven full-length essays, and encourages you to review the principles of effective academic writing through reflective activities.

This book will help you to

Respond effectively and appropriately to assignment questions
Structure and organise your ideas in a logical way
Present different points of view
Develop a coherent and convincing argument

Whatever stage of your studies you are at, this guide will support you in improving your academic writing skills so that you can tackle assignments with confidence.

SIEW HEAN READ was formerly a Language Advisor at the University of Auckland, specialising in academic writing for international students. She has had an extensive career in education, and has worked in secondary schools and universities in Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.
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Table of contents

Introduction.- PART I: ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF ACADEMIC WRITING.- Appropriate Writing Style.- Correct Conventions for Using Sources.- Clear Structure and Layout.- Coherent Flow of Ideas.- Accurate Use of Language.- PART II: TYPES OF UNIVERSITY WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT.- Essays.- Case Studies.- Reports.- Literature Reviews.- Research Proposals.- PART III: DEVELOPING YOUR WRITING.- Aspects of Development.- Methods of Organisation.- Introductions and Conclusions.- Paragraph Structure and Construction.- Techniques for Developing Your Writing.- PART IV: PRESENTING A POINT OF VIEW: ARGUMENTATION.- The Elements of Argumentation.- The Issue and Thesis Statement.- Structuring the Argument.- Building the Argument.- Argumentative Essays for Study.- PART V: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER.- Appendix A: Answers to Practice Activities.- Appendix B: Language Charts.- Appendix C: A Glossary of Grammatical Terms.- Index.
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About Siew Hean Read

Siew Hean Read has had a long career in education, particularly in academic writing, and has worked in the secondary school and tertiary sectors both in New Zealand and overseas. Prior to retiring, Siew worked at the University of Auckland as an English language consultant and learning adviser.
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