The Process of Composition

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Prentice-Hall, 1988 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 236 pages
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Written by Joy Reid, the foremost authority on teaching composition to ESL students, this series takes students from beginning-level instruction on basic sentence structure through the development and production of advanced academic papers.

Writing examples, opportunities to learn about and produce academic prose, and sequenced assignments that increase in complexity help students build their ability to fulfill academic assignments as high as the university and graduate school levels. Examples of good (and poor) student compositions, written by native and non-native speakers of English, enrich all three books.

The Reid hallmark of peer interaction with partners, small groups, and entire classes is an important feature of the books.

This new edition focuses on the techniques and formats essential to academic writing. It prepares students for college-level work by taking them from the pre-writing process through a finished paper.

Not only does it show how to construct solid, rigorous academic prose, but also how to critique, edit, and revise work; how to write summaries, conduct interviews, and construct surveys; and what is expected by instructors in major fields of study.

Important features in the Third Edition include:
-- Instruction in the use of the World Wide Web for research, including search engines, URLs, keywords, and the citation of online sources.
-- Tips for differentiating between paraphrasing and plagiarism.
-- Updated writing assignments in each chapter.
-- Detailed instruction in locating resources in modern academic libraries.

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General and Specific
Supporting Techniques
Planning the Essay

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About the author (1988)

Joy Reid is a professor of English at the University of Wyoming, where she teaches writing, linguistics, and ESL methods and coordinates the ESL support program. In addition to her ESL textbook series, she has published teacher-resources on learning styles, the change process, and discourse analysis.

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