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Academic Writing
A Handbook for International Students Second edition

Writing essays and dissertations can be a major concern for overseas students studying at English-medium colleges and universities. Virtually all courses contain a large degree of written assessment and it is essential to ensure that your writing skills meet the necessary standard. Academic Writing is a new kind of writing course for all international students who have to write exams or coursework in English. This practical book thoroughly explains the writing process and covers all the key writing skills. Clearly organised into four parts, Academic Writing allows both teachers and students to quickly find the help they need with all writing tasks. Each part is split into short sections containing explanations, diagrams and practice exercises, for use in the classroom or self-study. Newly revised and updated, this second edition contains extra exercises and material – much of which has been suggested by teachers and students. The text is complemented with cross-references and answers are provided to the exercises. Various writing models, such as CVs, letters and essays, are also included. Key features of the book are: • Explains the writing process, from understanding the title to proof-reading • Covers key writing skills such as referencing and paraphrasing • Contains twenty-three units on accuracy in writing • Adaptable for both long and short courses Any international student wishing to maximise his or her academic potential will find this practical and easy-to-use guide to writing in English a truly indispensable resource. Stephen Bailey has taught English for Academic Purposes at the University of Nottingham and the University of Derby for the past 10 years. Before that he taught English to students in the Czech Republic, Spain, Japan and Malaysia.

Academic Writing
A Handbook for International Students Second edition

Stephen Bailey

First edition published in 2003 by Nelson Thornes Ltd This edition published 2006 by Routledge 2 Park Square, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4RN Simultaneously published in the USA and Canada by Routledge 270 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016 This edition published in the Taylor & Francis e-Library, 2006. “To purchase your own copy of this or any of Taylor & Francis or Routledge’s collection of thousands of eBooks please go to www.eBookstore.tandf.co.uk.” Routledge is an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group © 2006 Stephen Bailey The right of Stephen Bailey to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 Printed and bound in Great Britain by MPG Books Ltd, Bodmin All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data A catalog record has been requested for this book ISBN10: 0-415-38419-2 (hbk) ISBN10: 0-415-38420-6 (pbk) ISBN13: 9-78-0-415-38419-3 (hbk) ISBN13: 9-78-0-415-38420-9 (pbk)

Contents
Introduction Acknowledgements vii ix

Part 1: THE WRITING PROCESS
Student Introduction 1.1 Background to Writing 1.2 Avoiding Plagiarism 1.3 From Titles to Outlines 1.4 Evaluating Texts 1.5 Understanding Purpose and Register 1.6 Selecting Key Points 1.7 Note-making 1.8 Paraphrasing 1.9 Summary Writing 1.10 Combining Sources 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 Planning Essays Organising Paragraphs Organising the Main Body Introductions Conclusions Rewriting and Proof-reading Writing Foundations 1 3 7 9 13 17 21 25 29 32 36 Writing Stages 39 43 48 52 56 60

Reading and Note-making

Part 2: ELEMENTS OF...
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