The Student Phrase Book

The Student Phrase Book : Vocabulary for Writing at University

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This concise phrase book is an essential tool for all students who want to communicate their ideas, arguments and evaluations clearly and precisely. Featuring over a thousand words common to most academic disciplines, it will help students to expand their vocabulary, understand how these words are used and spot mistakes in their own academic writing. Chapters present the words in full sentences, enabling users to see exactly how they are used, and also include additional information on context, connotation and collocations.

This is an ideal reference guide for students of all disciplines and levels who are required to complete written assignments as part of their course. It is also a valuable resource for students looking to fine tune their vocabulary for job searches, interviews and writing for professional purposes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 189 x 189 x 15.24mm | 452g
  • Red Globe Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2013 ed.
  • 232 p.
  • 0230289339
  • 9780230289338
  • 140,957

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To write successfully at university you need to communicate your ideas clearly and effectively; imprecise or incorrect word use will lessen both the clarity and the credibility of your work. This book gives you an accessible 'way in' to words and phrases used in academic writing. It will help you to express your ideas, arguments and evaluations clearly and precisely, and to produce successful written work. The Student Phrase Book - Presents over 1,000 mid- to advanced-level words and phrases common to writing across disciplines- Presents these words and phrases within the context of common writing functions and sentences so that you can see why and how they are used- Gives definitions and other important information for many of the words presented, concentrating on the words that most often cause problems- Explains the differences in meaning and use between commonly confused words- Shows you what other words surround the key word, so that you can use it with confidence- Is for anyone who is not totally familiar with writing at university, whatever their discipline or level of study
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Table of contents

Introduction.- INTRODUCING, DEFINING AND CLASSIFYING.- 1. Introducing Your Topic.- 2. Giving Brief Definitions.- 3. Classifying and Describing Characteristics.- AIM, PROPOSITION AND TALKING ABOUT ARGUMENT.- 4. Stating Your Aim, Proposition and Scope.- 5. Talking about Proposition, Assumption, Argument, Thesis and Theory.- STRUCTURE, TIME, SEQUENCE AND FREQUENCY.- 6. Ordering and Structuring Your Ideas and Argument.- 7. Time, Sequence, Duration and Frequency.- METHODOLOGY AND METHOD, FINDINGS, SIZE, AMOUNT, LEVEL AND PROPORTION.- 8. Describing Your Methodology and Method.- 9. Presenting Initial Data and Findings, and Stating Problems and Anomalies.- 10. Size, Amount, Level, Capacity, Proportion and Ratio.- MOVEMENT AND CHANGE, GETTING BETTER OR WORSE, ALLOWING OR PREVENTING AND ELIMINATING.- 11. Movement, Change, Trend and Tendency.- 12. Getting Better or Worse, Bringing Back or Taking Away, Encouraging or Deterring.- 13. Allowing or Preventing, Avoiding, Exlcuding, Cancelling Out and Eliminating.- CIRCUMSTANCE, ADVANTAGE OR DISADVANTAGE, PRESENCE OR ABSENCE AND IMPORTANCE.- 14. Circumstance, Occurrence, Normality, Norm, Deviance, Risk and Threat.- 15. Advantage or Disadvantage, Plenty or Too Much, Enough or Not Enough, Presence or Absence.- 16. Importance, Relevance, Influence and Impact.- COMMUNICATION, EXPRESSION, UNDERSTANDING, WAY OF THINKING AND POINT OF VIEW.- 17. Communication, Expression, Signification and Portrayal.- 18. Knowledge, Understanding, Perception, Way of Thinking and Belief.- 19. Position, Point of View, Support and Opposition, Impartiality and Bias.- CAUSE AND EFFECT, DEPENDENCY, SIMILARITY AND DIFFERENCE.- 20. Cause and Effect, Derivation, Requirement, Compatibility, Reciprocity and Dependency.- 21. Equivalence, Similarity, Difference and Diversity.- ANALYSING AND EVALUATING IDEAS.- 22. Analysing Ideas and Suggesting Common Themes.- 23. Comparing the Views of Different Authors and Describing How They Cite and Evaluate Each Other.- 24. Evaluating an Author's Ideas Positively.- 25. Evaluating an Author's Ideas Negatively.- DRAWING YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS, STATING YOUR OWN POSITION AND SUMMARISING YOUR IDEAS.- 26. Suggesting Counterarguments, Conceding, Disagreeing, Drawing Your Own Conclusions and Generating Your Own Ideas.- 27. Being Precise About Your Conclusions and Expressing Certainty, Caution or Doubt.- 28. Summarising, Restating Your Ideas, and Suggesting Ability, Potential and Future Actions.- APPENDIX.- Latin Abbreviations and Phrases.- A Brief Explanation of Word Class.- Index: Section Headings and Subheadings.- Index: Words and Phrases.
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Review quote

'I absolutely agree that there is a need for some more specific guidance re vocabulary for native and near native speakers a neglected group in HE as far as writing development is concerned. ... Navigability will be key. If it can work intuitively, this book could be a winner.' - Kate Williams, Oxford Brookes University
'The material is up-to-date and I agree that there is a gap in the market for a work of this nature.' - Lucinda Becker, University of Reading
'The author has done a thorough job in researching the market with no obvious omissions as far as I can see. I would certainly recommend a book to my students that encouraged them to develop an interest in the words they use as a vehicle for their ideas.' - Bryan Greetham, author of How to Write Better Essays
'I like the format; I think that a small, 'accessible' little guide will appeal to students (especially) native speakers more than a full-sized book. I could see myself using/recommending such a book. I think the proposal is most interesting.' - Hayo Reinders, Middlesex University"
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About Jeanne Godfrey

Jeanne has been teaching and managing in the field of English language and academic writing for over twenty years and currently lectures at the University of Leeds UK. She has been Chair of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes and set up one of the first academic writing centres in a UK university. Jeanne is author of The Student Phrase Book, How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays, Reading and Making Notes and Writing for University.
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