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Read, Research and Write

Read, Research and Write
Academic Skills for ESL Students in Higher Education

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January 2009 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This book is for students who have learned English as a second (or third, or forth) language and are studying at an institution where English is the medium of instruction. Each of the book's 10 chapters focuses on a reproduced academic article on an aspect of English for academic purposes. Therefore, students can learn about language skills from the articles themselves, as well as develop those skills in the activities and tasks which follow.

Each chapter develops six strands of academic skills essential for successful study: reading; learning language/vocabulary; writing; researching; studying' and applying to your own subject. The detailed and focused activities and tasks will help you to: 
  • Make reasonable knowledge claims 
  • Become more aware of university culture and expectations 
  • Write according to academic standards 
  • Think critically and reflectively 
  • Respond to ideas in academic articles 
  • Document your work appropriately and avoid plagiarism

A companion website features a collection of articles from a variety of different sources related to the topics in each of the book's 10 articles.

Introducing Read, Research, Write
Understanding EAP
Entering higher education
Reading in higher education
Writing in higher education
Documenting skills
Researching skills
Making reasonable claims
Thinking critically
Finding your voice


Online Resources
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SAGE Study Skills hub

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Calling all lecturers: your jobs depend on books like this. You know that international students are a vital source of money for UK universities. Many of your masters courses - the ones you really enjoy teaching - would collapse tomorrow without students from around the world. This book is about how to help these students succeed.

Times Higher Education

A superb book which contains a wealth of ideas and strategies for use in the EAP classroom or for self-study. It should be compulsory reading for any student seeking to enter Higher Education in an English-language speaking country.

Alison Standring
EAP Co-ordinator, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Read, Research, Write definitely fills a gap... It is comprehensive, accessible and expertly researched and written, covering many essential aspects of academic competence. Equally useful as a course book, a resource book in a class library or as a reference book for students, every EAP teacher will want a class copy, every ESL student starting higher education should keep it on their desk!

Dr Roger Nunn
Senior Associate Editor, the Asian EFL Journal, Associate Professor in Communication, Petroleum Institute, Dubai

Read, Research, Write takes a novel approach to combining language and content so as to balance discipline-specific and generic language development. Valuable and engaging input on learning strategies and research skills for higher education is also included. I would recommend this book for teachers of EAP in a range of contexts.

David Palfreyman
Zayed University, Dubai

A very detailed book that students will need to work through, rather than 'dip' in and out of. That said, I think that it can be very useful to all students, not just those for whom English is a second language - and it is on that basis that I will be recommending it.

Mr Damon Lane
Newham University Centre, Newham College of Further Education
October 21, 2013

This book has lots of essential information for those students who speak English as a second language which may be useful for many students finding reading and writing level difficulties.

Mr Bakar Abu
Institute of Education, Worcester University
November 14, 2012

A very useful addition to other books on academic writing

Mrs Megan Bruce
My department is not listed, Durham University
October 3, 2012

Some useful exercises but as the book is like a course in itself it isn't possible to use it in seminars, which are more content focussed. But useful for students to work through on their own, although unlikely that many will.

Dr Shirley Larkin
Graduate School of Education, Exeter University
January 23, 2012

This book is really aimed at developing students' skills in the area of EAP. Especially I used this particular book and recommended for Pre-sessional students, who found this extremely interesting.

Mr Essa Ummar Sheriff
CMI, British Institute of Technology & E-commerce
June 28, 2011

This is a much-needed text, which I will be strongly recommending for my many ESL students, and which will inform the design of the study skills currciulum. I still think Cottrell's Study Skills Handbook is the market leader in SS support, and look forward to something equally attractive being available for ESL students. I also wonder if an accompanying website might provide multimedia resources in this area - which are often so much more effective than a text alone?

Mr Jonathan Tulloch
Havering College of FE & HE, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
December 15, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

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