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4.0 out of 5 stars a new approach, 29 April 2006
This review is from: Exploring Academic English: Workbook for Student Essay Writing (Paperback)
This workbook focuses on some selected words used frequently in academic writing. For example, when we state the topic of our writing, there are some words that we may find useful, such as "issue", "factor" and "concept". The words are presented in sample texts as corcordance lines taken from "Microconcord Corpus of Academic Texts" (1993) Oxford University Press. Therefore, the context of the given word is authentic.

The words are presented and practised in four steps:

LOOK at concordances for the key term and words surrounding it, thinking of meaning, FAMILIARISE yourself with the patterns of usage by refeernig to concordances, PRACTISE key terms without referring to the concordances and CREATE your own piece of writing using the terms studied to fulfil a particular function of academic writing.

The book is fresh and innovative in its approach. The techniques and ideas in the book could be a starting point for a material writer or for an instructor of academic writing to create his own material with a new approach. The use of authentic contexts makes the work reliable. The only drawback might be the limited range of selected words in the workbook. However, the functional areas of academic writing suggested are the fundamental areas of academic rhetoric to be explored in more detail, such as reporting research, drawing conclusions or expressing opinions tentatively.
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