GRAMMAR AND VOCABULARY IN ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH
Welcome to a blog for and about advanced learners of English for academic and professional communication. The blog author is Paul Fanning (pictured), a specialist in English for Academic and Professional purposes. More about him can be read by clicking the “about” tab above.
The blog particularly seeks to clarify advanced topics in English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation that give the greatest problems to speakers of other languages when they are involved in academic and professional communication. The topics have come to the author’s attention as a result of extensive experience reading international students’ efforts to write academic and professional English.
The content of the blog falls into three main categories:
1. Regular posts about rarely-analysed English language learning problems.
2. Learning materials that have been used in the writer’s past English classes.
3. Technical papers that indicate the thinking behind the materials.
The learning materials and technical papers can be accessed by clicking on the relevant tabs at the top of this and every other page. The learning materials were not specially composed for this blog, but are simply copies of handouts given to past students in the author’s classes on English for academic purposes. The technical papers are all unpublished. Some were originally written in the hope that they would be published, some were not. Clicking on the tab will bring up a list of titles and dates; the actual articles are a further click away.
The posts are the main part of the blog. A new one is usually published every two weeks (typically on a Monday), the average length being about 1500 words. Searches can be conducted in various ways. Clicking on the “All Posts” tab allows scrolling backwards in time right back to the beginning in 2011. The “Reading Posts” tab locates posts dealing more with reading problems than writing ones. The “Common Errors” tab is provided for readers who are looking to improve their English but do not know what they should work on. The “Problem Words” tab identifies posts dealing with particular words rather than wider word categories.
Alternatively, the menus on the right of each page can facilitate more refined searches. You can access the 10 most recent posts, or the most popular posts, or all of the posts in a particular category (grammar, pronunciation, reading, etc.), or the posts of any particular month. There is also a search facility at the top of the side menus, through which you can type in a particular topic that you are hoping to find.
Each post also allows comments or questions on its content. Comments and questions on other topics will generally not be approved.
Reproduction of the blog’s material on other sites is not objected to, provided the free Guinlist source is acknowledged and made available via a link.
Related to the blog are two books by the same author:
Grammar Practice for Professional Writing (2nd edition) was published in electronic form in 2016. Its aims and approach were and remain the inspiration for the blog. They can be read by clicking here.
Secrets of English Grammar is a new publication (Sep 2019). It is a collection of 45 of the most popular posts within this blog (based on viewing statistics). It is available only in book form, since electronic versions of the posts already exist in the blog. The wording of the title echoes a comment made once about the blog by one of its readers.
Both books can be purchased online through Amazon (to see details on the British Amazon site, click here).