Academic Writing is designed for anybody who is studying (or planning to study) at English-medium colleges and universities and has to write essays and other assignments for exams or coursework. International students especially find the written demands of their courses extremely challenging. On top of the complexity of the vocabulary of academic English they have to learn a series of conventions in style, referencing and organisation.
Academic Writing is a flexible course that allows students to work either with a teacher or by themselves, to practise those areas which are most important for their studies. Many students find that they have very limited time to prepare for their courses, and that writing is only one of several skills they need to master. The structure of the book has been made as simple as possible to allow users to find what they want quickly.
The course is organised to provide maximum hands-on practice for students. Skills are developed from writing at the paragraph level, through organising the various sections of an essay, to discussing statistics and describing charts. This book is divided into four parts:
1) The Writing Process guides students from the initial stage of understanding an essay title, through reading and note-making, to the organisation of an essay and the final stage of proof-reading.
2) Elements of Writing deals with the key skills that are needed for all types of assignments, such as making definitions and giving references, and is organised alphabetically.
3) Accuracy in Writing gives remedial practice in those areas that students tend to find most confusing, such as definite articles and relative pronouns, again in alphabetical order.
4) Writing Models gives examples of the types of writing that students commonly need, including letters and survey reports.
All units are cross-referenced and a comprehensive key is provided at the end. There is also a Writing Tests section for assessing level and progress.
Although every effort has been made to make Academic Writing as useful and accurate as possible, if students or teachers have any comments, criticisms or suggestions I would be very pleased to hear from them.