Essential Knowledge and Skills for Essay Writing - A Practical Guide for ESL and EFL Undergraduates - Neil Evan Jon Anthony Bowen

Essential Knowledge and Skills for Essay Writing - A Practical Guide for ESL and EFL Undergraduates - Neil Evan Jon Anthony Bowen

Essay Writing Basics

Essential Knowledge and Skills for Essay Writing - A Practical Guide for ESL and EFL Undergraduates - Neil Evan Jon Anthony Bowen

Neil Evan Jon Anthony Bowen [+-]
Thammasat University
Neil Bowen is an Associate Professor at Thammasat University and an ESRC Doctoral graduate from Cardiff University. He holds a PhD in Language and Communication, an MA in Applied Linguistics, and a BA in English and TEFL. His research focuses on process–product relationships in writing using a combined cognitive and Systemic Functional Linguistics approach. His 2019 article, “Unfolding choices in digital writing: A functional perspective on the language of academic revisions,” was the runner-up for the 2022 John R. Hayes’ best article award given by the Journal of Writing Research. His work can also be seen in other prominent journals such as Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, Written Communication, Computers and Composition, Teaching and Teacher Education, System, and others.

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Unit 1 takes the student back to basics: writing clauses, sentences, and paragraphs —the building blocks of any good essay. Students are given advice on how to avoid common “mistakes” at the sentence level, such as incorrect punctuation and syntax, and the importance of plain language. Core elements of a paragraph are then introduced in terms of topic sentences, supporting sentences, and concluding sentences, and three main types of paragraphs are outlined: introductory, main body, and concluding paragraphs. The unit ends by highlighting how the writing process is an iterative and cyclical activity involving seven stages.

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Bowen, Neil Evan Jon Anthony . Essay Writing Basics. Essential Knowledge and Skills for Essay Writing - A Practical Guide for ESL and EFL Undergraduates. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 10-74 Sep 2023. ISBN 9781800503670. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=44480. Date accessed: 19 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.44480. Sep 2023

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