Dissertation Writing in Practice
Turning Ideas into Text
ISBN : 978-962-209-647-9
212 pages, 6″ x 9″
This book is designed to raise students’ awareness of the linguistic features of a postgraduate dissertation/thesis written in English. It deals primarily with the linguistic aspects of extended pieces of writing, placing great emphasis on the writer’s responsibility for the readability of the text. Each of the features introduced is illustrated through examples taken from authentic writing at the appropriate level. In addition, each chapter has a number of tasks to help students put into practice the skills that have been introduced.
This book is mainly designed to help research students whose first language is not English, but it should also prove useful to native speakers of English, many of whom lack extensive experience of writing at this level. It can be used as a textbook for postgraduate students on a dissertation/
This book takes a realistic approach to helping students who may find the extended writing required at postgraduate level a daunting task; although it provides ample opportunities for practice, it does not expect students to produce extensive writing beyond that required for their degree.
“Writing a dissertation is hard work for native speakers. It is doubly difficult for those who have to complete the task in a language other than their own. How does one set about such a task? This question is admirably answered by this superb book derived from the authors’ practical experience in teaching courses on dissertation writing to second language speakers.” —David Nunan, Chair Professor of Applied Linguistics, The University of Hong Kong
“This book provides what students are constantly asking for: practical advice not only on the processes of writing a dissertation but also on the specific linguistic features required for different purposes within it. Its enormous value lies in its focus on the practicalities of “turning ideas into text”, rather than just stating the conventions to be followed. It skilfully combines insights from theory and research with real life examples and exercises. As someone who has taught courses on postgraduate dissertation writing for many years, I have one regret: that my previous students did not have the benefit of this book. From now on, I will be recommending it as a key resource.” —Roz Ivanic, Senior Lecturer, Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language, Lancaster University