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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Writing an Applied Linguistics Thesis or Dissertation

A Guide to Presenting Empirical Research

ISBN 9780230224537
Publication Date January 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Once the research is over, the question of exactly how to write each chapter of a thesis or dissertation remains. This invaluable guide introduces first-time thesis writers to the process of writing up empirical research. To help students understand what content and structure are appropriate for the different parts of a thesis, John Bitchener presents a range of options, illustrating them with analyses of and commentary on sections from a real Masters thesis in Applied Linguistics.

Highly practical, and relevant across a wide range of disciplines, this step-by-step handbook:
• provides guidelines on the type of content typically presented in each section of an empirical thesis, as well as key linguistic and presentation features
• explores options for organizing and structuring this material to ensure it is rhetorically and persuasively effective
• offers analysed examples with follow up commentary on how each of these aspects have been considered by one successful thesis writer
• includes useful answers to FAQs, further reading suggestions and additional activities for students to apply what they have learned.

JOHN BITCHENER is Professor of Applied Linguistics at AUT University, Auckland. He is President of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand and Co-Editor of New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics.  A recent recipient of a Fulbright Grant to the USA, his research interests include issues in academic genre and the efficacy of written corrective feedback for second language acquisition.

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This clearly written, accessible book, packed with practical and widely field-tested material, will be a tremendous resource to graduate students and their supervisors, and even to newer postdoctoral scholars hoping to polish their work for publication. I am looking forward to using it with my own students and highly recommend it to others' - Dana Ferris, University of California, Davis
'One of the key features of this book is that it has a specific target audience and subject area. This enables the author to explore at greater depth issues related to academic writing which are significant and relevant to postgraduate writers. The book is written in an accessible style and will prove to be an indispensable guide to successful writing in higher education' – Suganthi John, University of Birmingham
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