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Academic Writing for Graduate Students, Second Edition: Essential Tasks and Skills (Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes) [Paperback]

John M. Swales , Christine Feak
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March 25, 2004 0472088564 978-0472088560 Second Edition
The second edition of this successful guide to writing for graduate-and undergraduate-students has been modified to include updates and replacements of older data sets; an increased range of disciplines with tasks such as nursing, marketing, and art history; discussions of discourse analysis; a broader discussion of e-mail use that includes current e-mail practices.

Like its predecessor, this edition of Academic Writing for Graduate Students
" 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.
" helps students position themselves as junior scholars in their academic communities.

The Commentary has also been revised and is available.


Product Details

  • Series: Michigan Series in English for Academic & Professional Purposes
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press/ELT; Second Edition edition (March 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0472088564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0472088560
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars academic writing for graduate studies January 29, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is a great tool for both experienced and novice writers in college matters. It introduces basic information about sentence structure, style, tone and other features you need to consider when writing a scholar papers. It also provides lots of practice to reinforce the concepts introduced and put them into practice.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's commentary version not a main textbook!!! January 17, 2009
By M. Song
Format:Paperback
Be aware that this is a commentary version. So tricky, because even if you type the whole title "academic writing for graduate students" for search, it shows commentary version instead of the main text.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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How do international students develop the appropriate vocabulary, register, and practice for writing their research projects in English? What reading and writing strategies and techniques do ESL students need to master to successfully write summaries, create annotated bibliographies, and convey their ideas to their academic peers and professors?

This commentary to the second edition of the acclaimed Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills answers these vital questions. A concise summary opens each unit before revealing the task answers. Mirroring the popular ESL book's structure, the reader can
quickly determine the essential teaching point of each task.

This commentary dramatically enhances the core text, giving both the novice and experienced writing instructor practical tips on complicated material. The authors acknowledge disagreements between disciplines, provide lively responses, and maintain a nuanced, fair tone. They also freely admit where they have responded to, or incorporated, criticisms of the first edition. Naturally, ambitious and curious graduate students can benefit from this thin instructor's guide as well.

In short, this excellent primer illuminates the definitive guide to academic writing for international students.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I love this book because it has given me the basic writing skills I need to write a research paper. I am about to start my master's degree in the U.S.A. and this book has been very helpful. This book is easy to read and has lots of exercises.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for academic writing November 3, 2009
By DoreMan
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This book is a wonderful companion for graduate students and will serve as a good reference material for any else who will write for the academia. It is quite comprehensive in dealing with several writing cases and will be useful throughout one's career. Is worth the price you pay. In short, if you plan to write, buy this book and read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a textbook April 6, 2010
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Needed the textbook, searched by ISBN number(!!!!!!) - came this one, totally useless, abstract commentary thing. Total waist of money. Everything looked as what I need - the cover, the authors, publishers, even ISBN. Be very careful, read thoroughly the description. This book is not the book you need for your Academic Writing class.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best English Academic Writing book that I've ever seen! November 12, 2010
By Lemures
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As told by my instructor, and used by myself, I found this book EXTREMELY useful and constructive. Both undergrads and graduate will discover the effectiveness and inside knowledge of how to better write English academically. So, strongly recommend to those non-English and English native students.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Academic Writing for Graduate Students February 19, 2009
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I started reading this book and it has so much information that a graduate student would need to improve
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5.0 out of 5 stars School
This book was needed for school. It's not something that I would normally buy. It serves the purpose of the professor.
Published 5 months ago by Dorothy B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It's a perfect book to help you master your writing skills. I've learnt much from it and I recommend it to everyone.
Published 9 months ago by Julia
3.0 out of 5 stars A text that needs an Instructor
This book is formatted for a class, but I suggest picking up a copy if you've never written a research paper, or a book review. There are valuable tips in this resource. Read more
Published 10 months ago by indieblack
3.0 out of 5 stars Required for class
Had to have this for a class, but it's not bad. I wouldn't read it when I'm bored or anything, but it is useful and has helped a bit with my dissertation.
Published 10 months ago by Tommy K
5.0 out of 5 stars Improve your academic writing
Really improve the way you write, without to much hassle or arid grammar explanations. There are a lot of examples and also bad examples - and how they should be improved. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Matheus Santos
5.0 out of 5 stars Great condition.
Very good condition book. But I regret because I just used it for a class. I will sell it to another person who really need it.
Published 16 months ago by Zhipeng Lu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great academic writing book
This is such a useful and handy book - one that I wish I had come across it earlier during my graduate studies years. Read more
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The delivery was fast. The book condition is fine. The book "Academic Writing for Graduate Students, Second Edition: Essential Tasks and Skills (Michigan Series in English for... Read more
Published 23 months ago by lpx
5.0 out of 5 stars A good writing guide for None native English speakers
This book describes many rules to enhance academic writing. Even Native English speakers are not aware of some rules, a professor said. I bought a used book and it is like new. Read more
Published 24 months ago by SMM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide for writing Academically
Very good source of information about writing for University and Academic papers. Fully recommended for international students who are dealing with english as a foreign language!!!
Published on February 9, 2012 by Ger07
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