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Academic Writing for Graduate Students

Essential Tasks and Skills

Third Edition

John M. Swales (author) Christine Feak (author)

ISBN: 9780472034758

Publication Date: Jul 2012

Format: Paperback

Coverage includes understanding the intended audience, and academic genres; the use of task-based methodology, analytic group discussion, and genre consciousness-raising; how to write summaries and critiques; and helping students position themselves as junior scholars in their academic communities.
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Explains understanding the intended audience, the purpose of the paper, and academic genres; includes the use of task-based methodology, analytic group discussion, and genre consciousness-raising; shows how to write summaries and critiques; features "language focus" sections that address linguistic elements as they affect the wider rhetorical objectives; and helps students position themselves as junior scholars in their academic communities.

Among the many changes in the third edition:
  • newer, longer, and more authentic texts and examples
  • greater discipline variety in texts (added texts from hard sciences and engineering)
  • more in-depth treatment of research articles
  • greater emphasis on vocabulary issues
  • revised flow-of-ideas section
  • additional tasks that require students to do their own research
  • more corpus-informed content

The Commentary has also been revised and expanded.

This edition of Academic Writing for Graduate Students, like its predecessors, has many special features:

  • It is based on the large body of research literature dealing with the features of academic (or research) English and extensive classroom experience.
  • It is as much concerned with developing academic writers as it is improving academic texts.
  • It provides assistance with writing part-genres (problem-solutions and Methods and Discussion sections) and genres (book reviews,research papers).
  • Its approach is analytical and rhetorical-users apply analytical skills to the discourses of their chosen disciplines to explore how effective academic writing is achieved.
  • It includes a rich variety of tasks and activities, ranging from small-scale language points to issues of how students can best position themselves as junior researchers.
Pages 440
Date Published 30 Jul 2012
Publisher Michigan ELT
Subject/s Study & learning skills: general   ELT: English for academic purposes   English for Academic Purposes  

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