Effective writing in English

A resource guide

  • Mike Hannay
  • J. Lachlan Mackenzie
  • Herman Wekker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Introduction

    1. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 15-16
  3. The three processes of writing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-18
    2. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 19-33
    3. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 35-45
    4. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 47-52
  4. Organizing the text

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-54
    2. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 55-74
    3. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 75-87
    4. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 89-98
  5. Constructing effective sentences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-100
    2. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 101-126
    3. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 127-176
    4. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 177-204
    5. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 205-234
  6. Getting the details right

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-236
    2. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 237-247
    3. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 249-254
    4. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 255-275
    5. Mike Hannay, J. Lachlan Mackenzie, Herman Wekker
      Pages 277-293

About this book

Introduction

We learn to speak and understand our native language without any great effort, for these are natural aspects of the maturation of every human being. The skills of reading and writing, by contrast, have to be learned, usually in an educational context. Now, when it comes to a foreign language, all the skills (speaking, un­ derstanding, reading and writing) have to be learned - nothing can be acquired without considerable effort. This learning process does not take place in a vac­ uum: it is heavily influenced by our previous experience of acquiring our native language and learning to read and write it. These facts have been taken as the background to this book. We aim this book at native speakers of Dutch who have learned to read and write their own language, and who now wish to add skill in writing English to their repertoire. Since this is our well-defined target group, we will be continually pointing to those aspects of written English which differ from comparable aspects of written Dutch, while also giving a complete guide to the writing process. There are two matters concerning the presentation of information in this book that require clarification in advance. Firstly, the book contains hundreds of numbered examples.

Keywords

English Writing in English argumentation body cohesion corpus editing organ planning punctuation spelling writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Mike Hannay
    • 1
  • J. Lachlan Mackenzie
    • 1
  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)AmstelveenThe Netherlands

Editors and affiliations

  • Herman Wekker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GroningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-4916-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-6890-498-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-4916-9
  • About this book