Saturday, 17 January 2015
International students of Business or Economics often need to write essays and reports for exams and coursework, and this new, second edition of Academic Writing for International Students of Business has been completely revised and updated to help them succeed with these tasks.
This book explains the academic writing process from start to finish, and practises all the key writing skills in the context of Business Studies. The course can be used either with a teacher or for self-study, and is clearly organised in four parts:
1. The Writing Process, from assessing sources to proof-reading
2. Elements of Writing, practising skills such as making comparisons
3. Vocabulary for Writing, dealing with areas such as nouns and adjectives, adverbs and verbs, synonyms, prefixes and prepositions, in an academic context
4. Writing Models, illustrating case studies, reports, longer essays and other key genres.
Each part is divided into short units which contain examples, explanations and exercises, for use in the classroom or for self-study. The units are clearly organised to allow teachers and students find the help they need. Cross-referencing allow easy access to relevant sections.
This is an up-to date course which reflects the interests and issues of contemporary Business studies. Students wanting to maximise their academic potential will find this practical and easy-to-use book an invaluable guide to writing in English for their degree courses, and it will also help students planning a career with international companies or organisations, where proficiency in written English is a key skill.
· All aspects of writing are clearly explained, with a full glossary for reference
· Full range of practice exercises, with answer key included
· Use of authentic academic texts
· Fully updated, with sections on finding electronic sources and evaluating internet material
See - http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138783898/
Posted by ibid at 04:35
Thursday, 4 September 2014
This new, fourth edition of Academic Writing: A Handbook for International Students has just been published by Routledge. The book has been completely revised and updated to help students reach their academic goals.
The four main parts of Academic Writing are:
- The Writing Process
- · Elements of Writing
- · Vocabulary for Writing
- · Writing Models
The fourth edition of this popular course builds on the success of the earlier editions, and has a special focus on the vital topic of academic vocabulary in part three, Vocabulary for Writing. This deals with areas such as nouns and adjectives, adverbs and verbs, synonyms, prefixes and prepositions, in an academic context.
Each part is divided into short units which contain examples, explanations and exercises, for use in the classroom or for self-study. The units are clearly organised to allow teachers and students find the help they need with writing tasks. Cross-referencing allow easy access to relevant sections.
In the first part each stage of the writing process is demonstrated and practised, from selecting suitable sources, reading, note-making and planning through to re-writing and proof-reading.
All international students wanting to maximise their academic potential will find this practical and easy-to-use book an invaluable guide to writing in English for their degree courses.
This edition includes a full answer key and glossary of academic terms.
For more details see:
This edition includes a full answer key and glossary of academic terms.
For more details see:
Posted by ibid at 11:01
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
In the last ten years emails have taken the place of letters in many situations. The reasons for this are obvious: not only are emails fast and convenient, but they are also free! However, too many emails contain spelling errors or are confusing to read, and so students need to think more carefully before pressing the 'send' button.
It is important to note the following points:
Starting and finishing
The following forms are acceptable ways to begin an email if you know the recipient:
Hi Sophie, Dear Sophie, Hello Sophie
If you have not met the recipient it may be safer to use:
Dear Sophie Gratton, Dear Ms Gratton, Dear Dr Gratton
If you need to send an email to a large group (e.g. colleagues) you may use:
Hi everyone, Hello all
In all cases to close the message you can use:
Regards, Best wishes, Best regards
You may also add a standard formula before this:
e.g. Look forward to meeting next week, Let me know if you need further information
The main text
Here you can use common contractions (I’ve, don’t) and idiomatic language, but the normal rules for punctuation should be followed to avoid confusion. Spelling mistakes are just as likely to cause misunderstanding in emails as elsewhere. Always check for spelling and grammar problems before sending. Note that emails tend to be short, although longer documents may be added as attachments.
Posted by ibid at 11:21
Friday, 9 May 2014
Journals are specialised academic publications produced on a regular basis, containing recent research. You need to be familiar with the main journals in your subject area. They are usually available in paper or electronic formats (e-journals).
E-journals and other electronic resources such as subject databases are becoming increasingly important. Their advantage is that they can be accessed by computer, saving the need to visit the library to find a book. Most library websites have a separate portal or gateway for searching electronic resources. This allows you to enter the name of a specific journal, or look for possible journals in your subject area by entering a term such as ‘international business law’. In this case, the database may offer the following titles:
European Business Law Review
European Business Organisation Law Review
International Trade and Business Law Review
Law and Business Review of the
In each case, you can access a list of issues available. By clicking on any of these issues you can read a full list of articles. It is usually sufficient to read the abstract to find out if the article will be relevant to your work. Note that most journal websites contain a search engine to allow you to search all back issues by subject. They may also offer links to articles in other journals on the same topic.
The best way to become familiar with these methods is to practise. Library websites usually contain tutorials for new students, and librarians are always willing to give help and advice when needed.
Posted by ibid at 08:29
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Most international students are concerned about the size of their English vocabulary. This is clearly an important factor in both writing and reading. But the following points are worth considering:
- New words that you meet will be either specialist vocabulary or general academic vocabulary. For example, if you are a medical student there are words such as 'vaccination' which belong to your discipline and which you soon learn. But there are also many words used in most academic texts e.g. 'evolutionary' that you will need to use. This general vocabulary may be harder to master.
- Everybody has two sets of vocabulary; active and passive. Passive vocabulary are words that you recognise but do not use in speech or writing, while the active vocabulary, which is smaller, are words that you can use more fluently in your written or spoken language. As time goes by, words can move from the passive to the active store.
- Do not try to learn all the new words that you meet. Many will be unimportant. If the same word recurs frequently, then it is worth memorising.
- Pay special attention to verbs.They can play a critical role in your understanding of a sentence. It can be useful to keep a record of new verbs in order to make your writing more effective.
- Studying suffixes and prefixes will help you understand much new academic vocabulary. A good example are the suffixes -phile and -phobe. An Anglophile is someone who loves England, while the opposite is an Anglophobe!
Posted by ibid at 13:40
Thursday, 13 March 2014
Notes are for your personal use so you should create your own style. Your teachers will not read or mark them, but you need to make sure you can still understand your notes months after reading the original book or article.
a) To avoid the risk of plagiarism you must use your own words and not copy phrases from the original.
b) The quantity of notes you make depends on your task: you may only need a few points, or a lot of detail.
c) Always record the source of your notes. This will save time when you have to write the list of references.
d) Notes are often written quickly, so keep them simple. Do not write sentences. Leave out articles (a/ the) and prepositions (of/ to).
e) If you write lists, it is important to have clear headings (underlined) and numbering systems (a, b, c, or 1, 2, 3,) to organise the information. Do not crowd your notes.
f) Use symbols (+, >, =) to save time.
g) Use abbreviations (e.g. = for example). You need to make up your own abbreviations for your subject area. But do not abbreviate too much, or you may find your notes hard to understand in the future!
But remember, taking notes is not a substitute for writing your essay! Don't delay starting to write for too long!
Posted by ibid at 01:24