"An extremely useful book...answers all those questions other textbooks leave unanswered." --Anne Marie Bradley, Lecturer in EFL, University of the West of Scotland
*"Starting study at an English medium university can be a frightening prospect for students for whom English is a second language. 50 Steps to Improving Your Academic Writing takes away one area of concern by providing students with a step-by step guide to academic writing, ensuring they are able to write well-constructed academic essays. The book addresses the challenges facing every international student beginning a programme of academic study, and it is packed full of information that will be invaluable to students striving to achieve better results. One of the reasons this book works so well is that the '50- step' approach enables students to focus on those areas of academic writing they struggle with the most. The 'steps' take them right from the basics of academic writing, dealing with questions such as How is academic writing different from other forms of writing? to more advanced topics, such as plagiarism, the use of I in an academic essay, the use of unfamiliar words, vocabulary and collocations, grammar usage and final checks and submission. The real beauty of this book is the flexibility it offers both students and teachers. It can be used in the classroom, in small study groups or as an independent self-study resource. Students of all levels, from presessional to those studying for a PhD, will benefit from it, as will the teachers preparing students for academic study, who can utilise the practical exercises in the classroom. Overall, this is a comprehensive and incredibly useful book that I can highly recommend to teachers and students alike. The material is accessible and will ensure that this is not just another book bought at the start of term and never looked at. Students will want to refer to the text time and time again and will view it as an invaluable aid to their academic career." --English Teaching Professional: July 2012, Issue 81, Myrtle Harber, Swindon, UK" --Sandee Thompson for IATEFL Voices, Issue 238, May-June 2014
...an extremely informative book ...a sound investment for any student who wants to improve their academic writing in English. -EAP Foundation.com, April 2014 "Overall, I think this is a fantastic book and I recommend it to everyone who teaches IELTS, academic English or essay writing." --Sandee Thompson for IATEFL Voices, Issue 238, May-June 2014
About the Author
Chris Sowton teaches English for academic purposes at King's College London. He previously worked in a similar role at the University of Cambridge, where he was involved in online projects. He has also taught English as a second and foreign language and has developed and run teacher-training courses in Nepal. He has a Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults from University College London and an MA from the University of East Anglia.