The third edition of Academic Writing for International Students of Business and Economics is written to help international students succeed in writing essays, reports and other papers for their English-language academic courses. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect issues such as diversity and sustainability, this book is designed to let students and teachers easily find the help they need, both in the classroom and for self-study.

The book is divided into five parts, comprising a total of 42 units:

  • The Writing Process
  • Elements of Writing
  • Language Issues
  • Vocabulary for Writing
  • Writing Models

New topics in this edition include Writing in Groups, Written British and American English and Reflective Writing. In addition, the new interactive website has a full set of teaching notes as well as more challenging exercises, revision material and links to other sources. Additional features of the book include:

  • Models provided for writing tasks such as case studies and literature reviews
  • Use of authentic academic texts from a range of sources
  • Designed for self-study as well as classroom use
  • Useful at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • A complete set of answers to the practice exercises
  • Cross-references across all units

Providing a glossary to explain technical terms and written to deal with the specific language issues faced by international students of Business and Economics, this practical, user-friendly book is an invaluable guide to academic writing in English.

part 1|92 pages

The Writing Process

chapter 1.1|8 pages

Basics of Writing

chapter 1.2|10 pages


Finding Suitable Sources

chapter 1.3|7 pages


Developing Critical Approaches

chapter 1.4|7 pages

Avoiding Plagiarism

chapter 1.5|8 pages

From Understanding Titles to Planning

chapter 1.6|7 pages

Finding Key Points and Note-making

chapter 1.7|9 pages

Summarising and Paraphrasing

chapter 1.8|9 pages

References and Quotations

chapter 1.9|7 pages

Contrasting Sources

chapter 1.10|5 pages

Organising Paragraphs

chapter 1.11|6 pages

Introductions and Conclusions

chapter 1.12|5 pages

Editing and Proofreading

chapter |2 pages

Progress Check 1

part 2|45 pages

Elements of Writing

chapter 2.1|6 pages

Argument and Discussion

chapter 2.2|5 pages

Cause and Effect

chapter 2.3|6 pages


chapter 2.4|3 pages


chapter 2.5|4 pages


chapter 2.6|4 pages


chapter 2.7|4 pages

Problems and Solutions

chapter 2.8|9 pages

Visual Information

chapter |2 pages

Progress Check 2

part 3|44 pages

Language Issues

chapter 3.1|5 pages


chapter 3.2|4 pages

Definite Articles

chapter 3.3|5 pages


chapter 3.4|4 pages

Passive and Active

chapter 3.5|6 pages


chapter 3.6|4 pages

Singular or Plural?

chapter 3.7|7 pages


chapter 3.8|4 pages

Time Markers

chapter |3 pages

Progress Check 3

part 4|49 pages

Vocabulary for Writing

chapter 4.1|6 pages

Approaches to Vocabulary

chapter 4.2|5 pages


chapter 4.3|7 pages

Academic Vocabulary

Nouns and Adjectives

chapter 4.4|7 pages

Academic Vocabulary

Verbs and adverbs

chapter 4.5|5 pages


chapter 4.6|5 pages

Prefixes and Suffixes

chapter 4.7|5 pages


chapter 4.8|4 pages


chapter |3 pages

Progress Check 4

part 5|26 pages

Writing Models

chapter 5.1|4 pages

Case Studies

chapter 5.2|5 pages

Literature Reviews and Book Reviews

chapter 5.3|3 pages

Writing Longer Papers

chapter 5.4|5 pages

Reports and Executive Summaries

chapter 5.5|3 pages

Reflective Writing

chapter 5.6|4 pages

Writing in Groups