Like its predecessor, the third 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; 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
*binding that allows the book to lay flat when open.

The Commentary (teacher’s notes and key) (978-0-472-03506-9) has been revised expanded. 

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  1. James J. Hesson

    a brilliant one-of-a-kind approach to the genre I used the 2nd edition of this book to teach Academic Writing in a Continuing ed. ESL program to mostly Phd. candidates at the University of Massachusetts, as well as to Phd. students and professors at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. I found this to be an outstanding book for graduate students needing to learn the organizational patterns of IMRD research papers as well as rhetorical strategies commonly employed in such papers. Since these conventions are not typically taught in the ESL…

  2. KB

    Excellent text, especially for Ph.D students I’ve been using the 2nd edition of this Academic Writing for Graduate Students in a writing class for international graduate students for several years. I liked it a lot, but this edition is even better. It’s considerably longer than the last edition, contains example texts and exercises from a greater variety of fields, and works well both for in-class activities and individual study. One improvement over the last edition is the emphasis on “old to new” informational flow to improve clarity…

  3. squeeko

    Excellent framework for workshops & writing course Very insightful compilation of the myriad tasks (exercises) that compose the path to successful completion of graduate work–helpful for most grads with English as first or second language. Brief explanations of learning objectives followed by generous use of example texts and penetrating questions for students. Accompanying instructor’s guide provides broad range of answer choices for quick prep. I’ve adapted sections for a 6-part workshop series that many students find more convenient and…

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