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 English.
The material that is available falls into three main categories, each with its own link above:
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. Academic articles/discussions that indicate the thinking behind the materials.
A detailed indication of the aims and approach of the posts is in the introduction to the author’s 2016 electronic book on advanced English Grammar:
The aims and approach of this book can be read by clicking here. The book itself can be purchased online through Amazon (to see details on the North American Amazon site, just click here). This blog’s posts will, it is hoped, cover many more topics like those found in the book. As far as possible, a new topic will be posted every two weeks (usually on a Monday).
Previous posts can be browsed and located in various ways. Clicking on the “All Posts” tab at the top of any page enables you to scroll backwards in time through the entire blog. 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 enable you to make 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 right back to the first in July 2011. 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.
The contents of the “learning materials” section 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 academic articles are all unpublished. Some were originally written in the hope that they would be published, some were not. Clicking on the “Technical Papers” tab will bring up a list of titles only; the actual articles are a further click away.
Comments and questions, from both learners and teachers, are welcomed.