Now in its fifth edition, Academic Writing helps international students succeed in writing essays and reports for their English-language academic courses. Thoroughly revised and updated, it is designed to let teachers and students easily find the topics they need, both in the classroom and for self-study.

The book consists of five parts:

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

The first part explains and practises every stage of essay writing, from choosing the best sources, reading and note-making, through to referencing and proofreading. The four remaining parts, organised alphabetically, can be taught in conjunction with the first part or used on a remedial basis. A progress check at the end of each part allows students to assess their learning. All units are fully cross-referenced, and a complete set of answers to the practice exercises is included.

New topics in this edition include Writing in Groups, Written British and American English, and Writing Letters and Emails. 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 essays
  • Use of authentic academic texts from a wide range of disciplines
  • Designed for self-study as well as classroom use
  • Useful at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Glossary to explain technical terms, plus index

Written to deal with the specific language issues faced by international students, this practical, user-friendly book is an invaluable guide to academic writing in English.

part 1|87 pages

The Writing Process

chapter 1.1|7 pages

Basics of Writing

chapter 1.2|7 pages


Finding Suitable Sources

chapter 1.3|9 pages


Developing Critical Approaches

chapter 1.4|7 pages

Avoiding Plagiarism

chapter 1.5|6 pages

From Understanding Essay 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

Combining Sources

chapter 1.10|5 pages

Organising Paragraphs

chapter 1.11|6 pages

Introductions and Conclusions

chapter 1.12|4 pages

Rewriting and Proofreading

chapter |2 pages

Progress Check 1

part 2|43 pages

Elements of Writing

chapter 2.1|5 pages

Argument and Discussion

chapter 2.2|5 pages

Cause and Effect

chapter 2.3|5 pages


chapter 2.4|4 pages


chapter 2.5|4 pages


chapter 2.6|4 pages


chapter 2.7|4 pages

Problems and Solutions

chapter 2.8|8 pages

Visual Information

chapter |2 pages

Progress Check 2

part 3|43 pages

Language Issues

chapter 3.1|4 pages


chapter 3.2|4 pages

Definite Articles

chapter 3.3|5 pages


chapter 3.4|4 pages

Passive and Active

chapter 3.5|5 pages


chapter 3.6|4 pages

Singular or Plural?

chapter 3.7|8 pages


chapter 3.8|4 pages

Time Markers

chapter |3 pages

Progress Check 3

part 4|45 pages

Vocabulary for Writing

chapter 4.1|6 pages

Approaches to Vocabulary

chapter 4.2|4 pages


chapter 4.3|7 pages

Academic Vocabulary

Nouns and Adjectives

chapter 4.4|6 pages

Academic Vocabulary

Verbs and Adverbs

chapter 4.5|5 pages


chapter 4.6|4 pages

Prefixes and Suffixes

chapter 4.7|5 pages


chapter 4.8|3 pages


chapter |3 pages

Progress Check 4

part 5|34 pages

Writing Models

chapter 5.1|4 pages

Case Studies

chapter 5.2|5 pages

Literature Reviews and Book Reviews

chapter 5.3|8 pages

Writing Longer Papers

chapter 5.4|7 pages


chapter 5.5|4 pages

Writing Letters and Emails

chapter 5.6|4 pages

Writing in Groups