This book features six theme-based units on cross-discipline academic English skills, focusing on the needs of first-year undergraduate students. Each unit covers academic reading, writing and speaking skills. The units progressively take students through the steps needed to complete common academic assignments—the essay, report and tutorial discussion. These steps include gathering information, note-taking, establishing personal stance, synthesizing information from multiple sources, structuring academic texts and editing written texts. Each unit also covers features of grammar common to academic writing and speaking as well as vocabulary acquisition skills.
This book is aimed for first-time university students. Many of the reading texts in the book and the tasks are related to China and Asia as a whole. As such, this textbook might specifically appeal to first-year university students in Hong Kong, mainland China and Taiwan.
Letty Chan has taught undergraduate English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) courses at the University of Hong Kong and is currently a doctoral candidate in applied linguistics at the University of Nottingham.
Louisa Chan is a language instructor in the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong.
Miranda Legg is a senior language instructor in the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong.
Wai Lan Tsang is an assistant professor in the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong.