Welcome to the third edition of English For Academic Purposes, Intermediate Level. This new edition is the product of ongoing revision and evaluation, not only by myself, but also by the many instructors who, along with their students, have used the previous edition and have contributed valuable suggestions and comments. The success of the previous edition has been due, in large measure, to the honest and careful appraisal given by instructors and their students.
English For Academic Purposes is an integrated text organized around specific rhetorical functions: general ideas – specific information- classification- chronological order- cause and effect- comparison and contrast- prediction-processes and procedures
The book is aimed at Arab students at an intermediate level of competence in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), and strives for cultural appropriateness.
The book attempts to emphasize and integrate the basic skills of speaking, reading, and writing in the context of academic and everyday usage, with particular emphasis on the former. Grammar instruction, arising from the reading passages, is restricted so as to aid consolidation of the above basic skills. This should explain, for example, the earlier-than-expected appearance of the past perfect tense (in Units 3, ahead of the present perfect tense) due to the natural occurrence of the tense in the reading, where it typically contrasts with the simple past tense.
The reading passages have been carefully selected to reflect both an appropriate level of language and the Arab environment. They are arranged in eight units which consist of vocabulary and gap-fill exercises, skimming and scanning exercises, and further activities to develop effective reading strategies. Specific grammar points from the reading passages lead on to writing and speaking exercises.
UNIT 1 General Ideas
UNIT 2 Specific Information
UNIT 3 Chronological Order
UNIT 4 Describing A Process
UNIT 5 Cause And Effect
Unit 6 Comparing And Contrasting
UNIT 7 Classification
Unit 8 Prediction