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Academic Inquiry

Essays and Research

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.
  • Flexible units allow teachers and students to focus solely on the academic writing goals or also delve into the academic readings and vocabulary instruction.

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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.

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Table of Contents

  1. Unit 1 Education: Learning an Additional Language
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Standard Paragraph and Essay Structure
    ACADEMIC READING: Using the Frequency Principle and the Academic Word List
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Writing Basic Thesis Statements
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Maintaining Paragraph Unity
    UNIT OUTCOME: Standard Essay
  2. Unit 2 Ecology: Canadian Ecosystems
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Cause and Effect
    ACADEMIC READING: Understanding Word Forms
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Writing Cause-and-Effect Thesis Statements
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Achieving Coherence
    UNIT OUTCOME: Cause-and-Effect Essay
  3. Unit 3 Health Sciences: Health and Wellness in Canada
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Summary and Response
    ACADEMIC READING: Recognizing Prefixes and Suffixes
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Writing Summary-and-Response Thesis Statements
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Developing Supporting Ideas
    UNIT OUTCOME: Summary-and-Response Essay
  4. Unit 4 Science and Engineering: Technological Processes
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Process
    ACADEMIC READING: Recognizing Collocations
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Writing Process Thesis Statements
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Quoting and Paraphrasing
    UNIT OUTCOME: Process Essay
  5. Unit 5 Geography: Canadian Regional Geography
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Compare and Contrast
    ACADEMIC READING: Ensuring Variation
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Writing Compare-and-Contrast Thesis Statements
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Organizing Supporting Ideas
    UNIT OUTCOME: Compare-and-Contrast Essay
  6. Unit 6 Business: Marketing in Canada
    EXPLORING IDEAS: Persuasion
    ACADEMIC READING: Writing with Precision
    PROCESS FUNDAMENTALS: Writing Persuasive Thesis Statements
    WRITING FUNDAMENTALS: Blending Rhetorical Patterns
    UNIT OUTCOME: Persuasive Essay

Author Info

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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