English for Academic Study: Reading & Writing EAS Reading & Writing challenges and stimulates students preparing for English-medium study. Activities are designed for use with the accompanying extensive texts, which are extracted from actual academic sources. The Reading and Writing sections can be studied separately, or used together as part of an integrated program of study. The unit topics are as follows: * Academic Achievement * Early Human Development * The Environment Today * Telemedicine * Statistics without Tears * Human Activity and Climate Change * The Global Village * The New Linguistic Order Each unit has weblinks offering additional information and activities, related to both reading and writing skills, and the topics covered in the units. A dedicated website, www.englishforacademicstudy.com, offers further instructor resources. This book can be used in conjunction with the following books in the English for academic study series, also published by Garnet Education: EAS Extended Writing & Research Skills, EAS Listening, EAS Vocabulary, and EAS Speaking & Pronunciation.
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John Slaght has worked at the University of Reading in a variety of capacities since 1988 and currently works in the EAP department. He is Director of Assessment and Test Development in the International Study and Language Centre at the University. John has co-authored two books in Garnet Education's English for Academic Study series: Reading and Extended Writing and Research Skills. John has extensive overseas experience in Higher Education, having spent a total of 14 years teaching English, History and French in Africa, and Academic English in the Middle East. His work continues to take him to various areas of the globe. John is currently piloting a book of preparation materials for the Test of English for Educational Purposes and is planning further publications on Academic Reading and Language Testing. Currently, his responsibilities in testing include test administration and writing. He has been an item writer for Cambridge ESOL for a number of years and is regional team leader on a marking panel. Paddy Harben has been a teacher of English for over 20 years, and has worked for the Official Schools of Languages in Madrid, Spain, since 2006. He is a former lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Reading, and has a Masters in English and Applied Linguistics from the University of Cambridge. His current interests include pedagogical aspects of teaching advanced classes - in particular, helping students to become autonomous users (rather than just learners) of the language, and psychological aspects of education in general. Paddy is co-author of Reading in Garnet Education's English for Academic Study series. Anne Pallant authored the Writing volume in Garnet Education's EAS series. Anne has varied experience of teaching English for Academic Purposes. She has been teaching on EAP courses at the Centre for Applied Language Studies since 1994 and is part of the EAP Management team. She was also Director of Studies at a Language School in Italy. Amongst other qualifications, Anne has obtained an MSc in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Aston University, a P.G.C.E from the University of Bristol and a Certificate in Online Education and Training from the Institute of Education, University of London. Whilst Anne is interested in the teaching of all skills within EAP courses, her current focus is on the teaching of academic writing skills and the development of appropriate materials and methodology. She is especially interested in the teaching of critical thinking skills in academic writing. Anne is also concerned with the teaching of study and research skills to prospective postgraduate students, and developing methods and materials through which the needs of students from different disciplines can be met in one classroom. She is also interested in teaching content-based courses and is presently involved in teaching writing to scientists and social scientists by electronic delivery and 'e-learning' methodology.Review:
"Excellent set of texts for preparing international students for the demands of undergraduate/postgraduate study." Rob Naish, University of West of England EAS is an EAP series (English for Academic Study) comprising seven separate course books covering the following areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Extended Writing & Research Skills, Pronunciation and Vocabulary. The books reflect the most recent developments in EAP and are based on practical experience of EAP practitioners in the classroom. Each book can be used as a stand-alone course or supported by others within the series, depending on the needs of the students. EAP is taught on all courses that prepare overseas students for study at universities in English speaking countries. Students hoping to study abroad will therefore get a head start by studying such material rather than general English. The EAS series is used on a high proportion of EAP courses in the UK and Australia (and the US version is now being used in North America). It has received widespread praise, and the in the words of a lecturer at a university in the UK: 'There is virtually nothing else that has come on the market in the last ten years that touches it.' The series has been designed for students on pre-sessional and foundation courses within an IELTS range of 5.0 to 7.0. However, they can be used for any group of students who need to improve their English academic skills within this range. The series is based on authentic reading or listening texts within the appropriate range of the students; these have been carefully selected to illustrate the skill area in focus. Free audio material is included where appropriate, featuring authentic transcripts of realistic length with a variety of accents. The Listening course also comes with a DVD. A website features a variety of teacher and student resources including interactive activities for Extended Writing & Research Skills. TESOL Spain Newsletter, Vol 34-2, 2010
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