Students have a new resource with the Oxford University Press release of Academic Inquiry: Writing for Post-secondary Success, by the Faculty of Education’s Dr. Scott Douglas.
In Academic Inquiry, Douglas uses authentic undergraduate content, including business, engineering, and health sciences, to guide and inspire student’s writing. Each unit is theme-based and teaches one essential rhetorical structure. The hands-on practice provides support for cultivating writing skills that empower students to develop individualized inquiry to their learning.
“At the heart of Academic Inquiry is the belief that empowering learners is the best way to set them up for success,” says Jason Tomassini of Oxford University Press. “Working closely with Scott on Academic Inquiry has been such a pleasure. I think his approach to writing very much reflects his passion for teaching and his respect for students.”
Academic Inquiry encourages students to explore their own academic interest as they cultivate their writing skills. Each unit breaks down the writing process into “manageable chunks from brainstorming ideas to proofreading final drafts.”
Douglas says,“For several years I’ve been researching the relationship between vocabulary and academic writing at the post-secondary level. This book, targeted at new undergraduate students from non-English speaking backgrounds, is one of the outcomes of that research in that it combines a strong productive vocabulary element with a student-centred approach to writing instruction.”
Douglas’s experience teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL), and his extensive research, has flown him around the world to work with language learners from the Middle East to Asia.
He is an active member of the Association of British Columbia Teachers of English as an Additional Language (BC TEAL) and sits on the board of directors for the Teachers of English as a Second Language Canada Federation.
Douglas, author of numerous research publications including Education Outcomes of English Language Learners at University, is co-author of Q: Skills for Success Reading and Writing.
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Scott Douglas’s publications and blog.