Academic Writing in a Second or Foreign Language Issues and Challenges Facing ESL/EFL Academic Writers in Higher Education Contexts

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  • Copyright: 2014-01-02
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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It can be a challenge writing in a language that is not your native tongue. Constructing academic essays, dissertations and research articles in this second or foreign language is even more challenging, yet across the globe thousands of academics and students do so, some out of choice, some out of necessity. This book looks at a major issue within the field of English for Academic Purposes (EAP). It focuses on the issues confronting non-native-English-speaking academics, scholars and students, who face increasing pressure to write and publish in English, now widely acknowledged as the academic lingua franca. Questions of identity, access, pedagogy and empowerment naturally arise. This book looks at both student and professional academic writers, using qualitative text analysis, quantitative questionnaire data, corpus investigations and ethnographic approaches to searchingly examine issues central to the EAP field.

Author Biography

Ramona Tang is Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Singapore.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Issues and Challenges Facing Academic Writers from ESL / EFL Contexts: An Overrview, Ramona Tang
Part I: Learning to Write for Academic Purposes
Chapter 2. Identifying and Addressing Challenges to International Publication Success for EFL Science Researchers: Implementing an integrated training package in China, Margaret Cargill & Patrick O'Connor
Chapter 3. Text and Corpus Work, EAP Writing, and Language Learners, Giuliana Diani
Chapter 4. The Impact of Experience and Beliefs on Chinese EFL Student Writers' Feedback Preferences, Guangwei Hu & Hongwei Ren
Chapter 5. Thesis and Dissertation Writing: Moving beyond the text, Brian Paltridge & Lindy Woodrow Part II: Features of ESL/EFL Learner Discourses
Chapter 6. The Challenges of Writing a Successful Thesis Conclusion, Jo Lewkowicz
Chapter 7. EFL / ESL Writers and the Use of Shell Nouns, Hilary Nesi & Emma Moreton
Chapter 8. Writing in Tables and Lists: A study of Chinese students' undergraduate assignments in UK universities, Maria Leedham
Part III: Identity Work and Professional Opportunities in Academic Writing
Chapter 9. Writing and Researching Between and Beyond the Labels, Hanako Okada & Christine Pearson Casanave
Chapter 10. Identity Without the 'I': A study of citation sequences and writer identity in literature review sections of dissertations, Suganthi John
Chapter 11. Two Sides of the Same Coin: Challenges and opportunities for scholars from ESL / EFL backgrounds, Ramona Tang
Afterword, English Medium Writing for Academic Purposes: foundational Categories, Certainty and Contingency Theresa Lillis

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