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Writing Academic English, Fourth Edition (The Longman Academic Writing Series, Level 4) 4th Edition

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Now in its fourth edition, Writing Academic English , by Alice Oshima and Ann Hogue, is the essential writing text to prepare high-intermediate and advanced college or college-bound English language learners for academic success.

 

Features

  • A step-by-step approach guides students through the process of writing paragraphs and essays.
  • Clear models and varied practice help students to develop confidence and a mature writing style.
  • Examples with academic content prime students for college work.
  • Appendices offer easy reference for key writing, grammar, and research information.

 New to the Fourth Edition

  • A chapter dedicated to each pattern of essay organization
  • A chapter on argumentation and using material from outside sources
  • Thought-provoking readings from authentic sources
  • An expanded chapter on summary and paraphrase
  • Instruction in the basics of research and documentation

Writing Academic English is also available with CriterionSM Publisher's Version, which provides instant online feedback on student writing: 

Students simply submit their writing online and instantly receive personalized feedback on: Grammar, Usage, Style, Mechanics, Organization, and Development (essays only). Students can turn in better writing, and teachers can save time spent correcting drafts.

 

Click on the "Resources" link to order the edition with CriterionSM Publisher's Version

 

 The Longman Academic Writing Series also includes:

  • Level 1 Fundamentals of Academic Writing
  • Level 2 First Steps in Academic Writing, Second Edition
  • Level 3 Introduction to Academic Writing, Third Edition
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Longman; 4th edition (October 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131523597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131523593
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Look at the 1, 2, & 3 star reviews. . .those people are commenting primarily on the shipping, or they're unenthusiastic students who have left one-line reviews.

I'm an English instructor. I've taught In 3 different countries, and I currently teach developmental English and English 100-level courses to native speakers and speakers of pidgin, BVE, and various vernaculars. This book is a godsend. I ran across it while in Korea, and I have used it for every class since.

The comma rule simplification in the appendix alone is worth the price of this book. The author breaks all comma rules into 4 basic categories that students can actually understand. Having used books that try to get students to remember 10 + rules for a measly comma, I wish I could kiss the author on the face for making this understandable. It's short enough that students aren't exactly to the REM stage of sleep by the time I'm finished explaining it, but long enough to include all the rules. Some students even actually get it! Hallelujah!

The book also separates organizational tactics (block organization, point-by-point, different types of theses) from grammatical tactics (identifying clauses; frags, ROs, CSs, parallelism; adverbial clauses, etc.), so that you can match chapters to the grammar point - i.e. teach adverbial time clauses with chronological order), or avoid them altogether if you want. The preface offers some suggestions about these types of strategies.

I wish my department would teach with this book, but I don't have tenure so I might as well be begging a wall. If you're contemplating this book or another, get this one.

UPDATE: I got a tenure-track position at a small community college in the U.S. and I'm still using this book.
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Using this textbook for the first time this year, I found it to be both well organized and contain interesting content, which helped pique the students' interest. After spending much time researching potential texts, this one was by and far the best. I only wish it had come with a teacher's edition providing creative suggestions for proceeding through the book (I'm a new teacher). Still, it has allowed me to organize the class into pairs and groups, when I wish, quite well for the practice exercises in order to create a more relaxed and student centered atmosphere. I also recommend alternating between chapters focusing on paragraph/essay and those on sentence structure. Overall I highly recommend it for upper-intermediate/advanced high school or university students. Very well done!
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I've been using this book for only a couple weeks, but it appears to be exactly (or as near as possible) what I was looking for. I have two grad students whose English is already quite good (CEF C1) but still struggle with their writing. This book goes through the basic dos and don'ts of writing, regardless of academic topics. Having said that, it's not the most user-friendly for the classroom, but then again, writing hardly ever is.
I would recomend this book for self-study as well as tutored study only for students really motivated to improve their writing skills, as it is NOT and ESL book, it's a book on writing.
The drawback is the absence of an answer key, which I only realised when I got it and started using it. Now I have to get the teacher's guide; I've been teaching ESL for 18 yrs, and there are some tricky things in the book which most teachers (not to say all) would benefit from having a proper answer key and coments.
Overall, a good buy!
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Excellent item! I use it for my academic writing course (undergraduate course) and it's an excellent addition to the syllabus. It provides clear explanations and a great amount of exercises. The only thing I do need to stress is that you have to buy the answer key separately.
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The book is awsome for anybody willing to learn how to write an academic English.Everything is explained simply and clearly.Not only non-native English speakers will benefit from this book, but native too can.I highly recommend it for everyone, whether young or adult, male or female, black or white.Dont miss it!
Anas, PhD student.
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Best ESL book I'm aware of. Basically teaches foreign speakers of English to write academic essays.

It chaps my hide that my school doesn't use it anymore. I often shunt their books aside, photocopy pages from this one, and use them. Explanations are clear and exercises are right on-target. I have never misplaced my copy of this.

The only negative I can think of is that this is a book for classrooms, not independent learners. In other words, there are no answers to any of the exercises in the back.
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It's the book I strongly recommand for ESL student. It helps a lot in writing essay.
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I got this as a gift for a friend needing to improve their college reading skills. The book is really good for helping students to improve their writing skills, in this case someone who needed to improve their English writing skills since it was a second language for them. The book easily explains all the basics well.
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