English for Research

These books are published by Springer and aimed at non-native PhD students and researchers.

Cover of English for Research: Grammar, Usage and StyleEnglish for Research: Grammar, Usage and Style

publication date: August 2012 | ISBN-13: 978-1461415923

  • includes hundreds of real-life examples
  • ideal study-guide for universities and research institutes
  • great tool for improving English language skills

This guide is based on a study of referees’ reports and letters from journal editors on the reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English usage, style and grammar. It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.

English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar covers those areas of English usage that typically cause researchers difficulty: articles (a/an, the), uncountable nouns, tenses (e.g., simple present, simple past, present perfect), modal verbs, active vs. passive form, relative clauses, infinitive vs. -ing form, the genitive, noun strings, link words (e.g., moreover, in addition), quantifiers (e.g., each vs. every), word order, prepositions, acronyms, abbreviations, numbers and measurements, punctuation, and spelling. Due to its focus on the specific errors that repeatedly appear in papers written by non-native authors, this manual is an ideal study guide for use in universities and research institutes.

 

English for Research Papers book coverEnglish for Writing Research Papers

publication date: 2011 | ISBN-13: 978-1441979216

  • at least two-thirds of published scientific papers are written by researchers whose first language is not English
  • 20% of the comments referees make when reviewing papers for possible publication in international journals regard English language issues
  • in some disciplines, acceptance rate by journals of papers originating from the US/UK is 30.4%, and is higher than all other countries

Publishing your research in an international journal is key to your success in academia. This guide is based on a study of referees’ reports and letters from journal editors on reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English usage. It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.With easy-to-follow rules and tips, and with examples taken from published and unpublished papers, you will learn how to:

  • prepare and structure a manuscript
  • increase readability and reduce the number of mistakes you make in English by writing concisely, with no redundancy and no ambiguity
  • plan and organize your paper, and structure each paragraph and each sentence so that the reader can easily follow the logical build-up towards various conclusions
  • write a title and an abstract that will attract attention and be read
  • decide what to include in the various parts of the paper (Introduction, Methodology, Discussion etc)
  • select from over 700 useful phrases
  • highlight your claims and contribution
  • avoid plagiarism and make it 100% clear whether you are referring to your own work or someone else’s
  • choose the correct tenses and style (active or passive)

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English for Presentations at International Conferences book coverEnglish for Presentations at International Conferences

publication date: 2010 | ISBN-13: 978-1441965905

  • designed to help non-native English speakers to prepare and deliver effective presentations at international conferences
  • written in English that readers will be able to understand easily
  • first book written on presentations specifically from the perspective of non-native English speakers

Good presentation skills are key to a successful career in academia. This book is the first guide to giving presentations at international conferences specifically written for researchers of all disciplines whose first language is not English.

With easy-to-follow rules and tips, and with examples taken from real presentations, you will learn how to:

  • avoid errors in English by using short easy-to-say sentences
  • improve your English pronunciation and intonation
  • gain confidence, and overcome nerves and embarrassment
  • plan, prepare and practice a well-organized, interesting presentation
  • highlight the essential points you want your audience to remember
  • deal with questions from the audience
  • decide what to say at each stage of the presentation
  • use standard phrases
  • attract and retain audience attention

 

English for Academic Correspondence and Socializing book coverEnglish for Academic Correspondence and Socializing

publication date: 2011 | ISBN-13: 978-1441994004

Enables the speaker to think from the point-of-view of fellow interlocutor. The book teaches how to write concisely with no redundancy and no ambiguity. Helps the non-native speaker to understand native English speakers better.

English for Academic Correspondence and Socializing is the first ever book of its kind specifically written for researchers of all disciplines whose first language is not English. With easy-to-follow rules and tips, and with authentic examples taken from real emails, referee’s reports and cover letters, you will learn how to:

  • use strategies for understanding native speakers of English
  • significantly improve your listening skills
  • organize one-to-one meetings
  • feel confident at social events
  • manage and participate in a successful conversation
  • write effective emails
  • review other people’s manuscripts – formally and informally
  • reply effectively and constructively to referees’ reports
  • write cover letters to editors
  • use the telephone and Skype
  • participate in (video) conference calls
  • exploit standard English phrases

 

English for Academic Research - A Guide for TeachersEnglish for Academic Research: A Guide for Teachers

publication date: 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-3-319-32685-6

Scientific English is possibly the most rewarding area of EFL teaching. It differs from English for Academic Purposes (EAP) as it is directed to a much smaller audience: PhD and postdoc students. Courses on Scientific English are held in universities throughout the world, yet there is very little support for teachers in understanding what to teach andhow to teach it.

This guide is part of the English for Academic Research series. Part 1 of the book sheds light on the world of academia, the writing of research papers, and the role of journal editors and reviewers. Part 2 gives practical suggestions on how to help your students improve their presentation skills. In Part 3 you will learn how to teach academic skills using nonacademic examples. Parts 1-3 are thus useful for anyone involved in teaching academic English, whether they have used the other books in the series or not. Part 4 suggests two syllabuses for teaching writing and presenting skills, based on the two core books:
English for Writing Research Papers
English for Presentations at International Conferences

This book will help you i) understand the world of your students (i.e. academic research), ii) plan courses, and iii) exploit the What’s the Buzz? sections in the books on Writing,
Presentations, Correspondence and Interacting on Campus.

 

English for Interacting on CampusEnglish for Interacting on Campus

publication date: 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-3-319-28732-4

This volume covers the day-to-day activities of a non-native English speaking student carrying out research, attending lectures, socializing, and living in a foreign country.

Whether on a US campus as a foreign student, or in a non-English speaking country where classes are given in English, this book will help students build confidence in interacting with professors and fellow students.

 

English for Academic Research - Grammar Exercises book coverEnglish for Academic Research: Grammar Exercises

publication date: September 2012 | ISBN-13: 978-1461442882

  • real-life examples from over 5000 papers written by non-native English speakers
  • layout is clear and easy-to-use
  • book includes a key with detailed explanations

This book is based on a study of referees’ reports and letters from journal editors on reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English grammar. It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, several hundred emails, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.

The exercises include the following areas:

  • active vs passive, use of we
  • articles (a/an, the, zero) and quantifiers (some, any, few etc)
  • conditionals and modals
  • countable and uncountable nouns
  • genitive
  • infinitive vs -ing form
  • numbers, acronyms, abbreviations
  • relative clauses and which vs that
  • tenses (e.g. simple present, simple past, present perfect)
  • word order

Exercise types are repeated for different contexts. For example, the difference between the simple present, present perfect and simple past is tested for use in papers, referees’ reports, and emails of various types. Such repetition of similar types of exercises is perfect for revision purposes.

English for Academic Research: Grammar Exercises is designed for self-study and there is a key to all exercises. Most exercises require no actual writing but simply choosing between various options, thus facilitating e-reading and rapid progress.

The exercises can also be integrated into English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Special Purposes (ESP) courses at universities and research institutes.

The book can be used in conjunction with the other exercise books in the series and is cross-referenced to:

 

English for Academic Research - Vocabulary Exercises book coverEnglish for Academic Research: Vocabulary Exercises

publication date: Sept 2012 | ISBN-13: 978-1461442677

  • Contains examples from around 5000 real-life papers
  • Covers problematic word groups, such as rise, arise, raise
  • All exercises have a key, with detailed explanations where appropriate

This book is based on a study of referees’ reports and letters from journal editors on reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English (long sentences, redundancy, poor structure etc). It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, around 3000 emails, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.

The exercises are organized into nine chapters on:

  • adjectives and adverbs (e.g. actual vs current, different vs several, continually vscontinuously)
  • link words (e.g. on the contrary vs on the other hand, despite vs nevertheless)
  • nouns (e.g. danger vs hazard, measure vs measurement)
  • prepositions (e.g. among vs between, in vs into, with vs within)
  • verbs (e.g. check vs control, compose vs comprise, arise vs raise, exclude vs rule out)
  • false friends and synonyms
  • spelling
  • useful phrases
  • emails

Nearly all exercises require no actual writing but simply choosing between various options, thus facilitating self-study, e-reading and rapid progress.

The exercises can also be integrated into English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Special Purposes (ESP) courses at universities and research institutes.

The book can be used in conjunction with the other exercise books in the series:

 

English for Academic Research- Writing Exercises book coverEnglish for Academic Research: Writing Exercises

publication date: Sept 2012 | ISBN-13: 978-1461442677

  • Contains examples from around 5000 real-life papers
  • Covers crucial skills in academic life, such as writing to journal editors and applying to research posts
  • Has a clear, easy-to-use layout

This book is based on a study of referees’ reports and letters from journal editors on reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English (long sentences, redundancy, poor structure etc). It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, around 3000 emails, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.

The exercises are organized into ten chapters on:

  • punctuation and spelling
  • word order
  • writing short sentences and paragraphs
  • link words – connecting phrases and sentences together
  • being concise and removing redundancy
  • ambiguity and political correctness
  • paraphrasing and avoiding plagiarism
  • defining, comparing, evaluating and highlighting
  • anticipating possible objections, indicating level of certainty, discussion limitations, hedging, future work
  • writing each section of a paper

Some exercises require no actual writing but simply choosing between various options, thus facilitating self-study, e-reading and rapid progress. In those exercises where extended writing is required, model answers are given. Exercise types are repeated for different contexts, for example the importance of being concise is tested for use in papers, referees’ reports, and emails of various types. Such repetition of similar types of exercises is designed to facilitate revision.

The exercises can also be integrated into English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Special Purposes (ESP) courses at universities and research institutes.

The book can be used in conjunction with the other exercise books in the series and is cross-referenced to:

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