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Academic Inquiry

Paragraphs and Short Essays

The series is designed for the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) writing courses that prepare students from non-English speaking backgrounds for mainstream college and university level studies. The series acts as a bridge into the heavy writing demands of post-secondary education.

Key features

  • Authentic content from Canadian textbooks helps students prepare for future academic studies.
  • Realistic writing models and methodical practice empower students to become accomplished writers in multiple rhetorical patterns.
  • Sentence skills, grammar skills, and composition skills help students understand and apply key writing skills.
  • Step-by-step writing tasks take students reliably through the entire writing process.
  • Preventing plagiarism strategies in each unit help students master the art of citing, paraphrasing, referencing, and summarizing.
  • Systematic vocabulary instruction in each unit covers the AWL and extends into mid-frequency words, helping students acquire a rich and comprehensive vocabulary base.
  • Critical Thinking Skills and Learning Strategies increase students' engagement, comprehension and success. Language Tips in each unit help students master essential words, phrases and expressions related to the rhetorical patterns being studied.


Grounded in the core academic disciplines found on Canadian college and university campuses, the series takes an inquiry- and content-based approach to developing academic writing skills. The inquiry-based approach puts the needs of students front and centre in each unit, with their questions driving the acquisition of both language and content knowledge. By using academic content as a vehicle to contextualize learning, writing skills are embedded in a rich framework that provides an opportunity for the recycling and spiralling of core concepts. To promote content-rich writing outcomes, authentic academic readings are used throughout the series as a springboard for the promotion of effective academic writing. These readings are accompanied by learning strategies, anti-plagiarism tips, critical thinking development, grammar points, and specific writing skills that are distributed according to the demands of the unit content and writing assignments. Skills and learning strategies embedded in the disciplinary context of a unit build on one another to contribute to the creation of the writing assignment.

A complete teacher's resource will be available online.

Table of Contents

  1. Unit 1 Communication and Culture Studies: Subcultures and Identities
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Opinion Paragraph
    ACADEMIC READING: Choosing Words to Learn
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Evaluating Information from Websites
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Developing Topics and Supporting Ideas
    UNIT OUTCOME: Opinion Paragraph
  2. Unit 2 Environmental Sciences: Environmental Sustainability
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Cause-and-Effect Paragraph
    ACADEMIC READING: Learning Words with Related Meanings
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Integrating Information from How-To Guides
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Staying on Topic
    UNIT OUTCOME: Cause-and-Effect Paragraph
  3. Unit 3 Business Studies: Marketing and Consumers
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Compare-and-Contrast Paragraph
    ACADEMIC READING: Understanding Word Forms and Suffixes
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Integrating Information from Charts and Diagrams
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Organizing Logical Connections between Ideas
    UNIT OUTCOME: Compare-and-Contrast Paragraph
  4. Unit 4 International Education: Globalization and Cultural Adjustment
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Summary and Response Paragraphs
    ACADEMIC READING: Understanding Words Forms and Prefixes
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Integrating Information from Reports
    UNIT OUTCOME: Summary and Response Paragraphs
  5. Unit 5 Design: Understanding Processes
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Process Writing
    ACADEMIC READING: Verying Vocabulary Using Synonyms
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Integrating Information from Magazine Articles
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Maintaining Coherence
    UNIT OUTCOME: Process Essay
  6. Unit 6 Health Sciences: Wellness
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Problem-Solution Writing
    ACADEMIC READING: Using Collocations
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Integrating Information from Online Campus Resources
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Revising and Editing
    UNIT OUTCOME: Problem-Solution Essay

Author Info

John Scott Jamieson has been teaching since 1995. He has been an instructor for EAP courses at the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto, and for ESL courses at Kasetsart University in Thailand. He has earned an MEd in Second Language Education from OISE/University of Toronto and is certified with TESL Canada.

James Papple has been teaching EAP since 2000. His academic background includes an MA in Applied Linguistics from Brock University and he is accredited with TESL Ontario. He is employed at Brock University as an Academic Coordinator.

Scott Roy Douglas is the Series Editor for Academic Inquiry. He has been actively involved in the field of English language teaching for over 20 years. He has taught at the University of Calgary, Kansai Gaidai University, and the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus, among others. He earned his MEd and PhD in TESL from the University of Calgary.

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