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Week 10

on November 20, 2016

Dear Attendees of AVU 113,

In the first part of our session tomorrow, we are going to revise what we have studied about the data commentary section of academic writing via Task 15 on p. 136, and then our next activity is going to concentrate on the linguistic resources which could facilitate the discussion of imperfect data in theses or other academic manuscripts. The final subsection of the first part is going to present the frequently utilised terminology which helps us to make reference to graphs in data commentaries.

Our subsequent analysis is concerned with the first half of summary writing process. Particularly, this part attempts to seek answers to the following key questions:

  • What are the characteristics of an effective summary?
  • What are the main steps to be followed in order to thoroughly understand the source material?
  • What are we required to do while paraphrasing the ideas of other researchers?
  • What types of skeletal sentences/statements can be used to present the source in a summary?
  • What are the differences among quoting, paraphrasing, and summarising?

In so doing, we are going to consolidate the fact that summaries constitute the foundation for more complicated writing tasks such as a literature review, research papers as well as article/book reviews.

Besides the aforementioned points, in accordance with your preference, Harvard and APA citation styles are going to be on our agenda.

Finally, I would like to kindly inform you that you can find the first part of Chapter 5 on writing summaries here (w10-ch5-p1).

Thank you for your attention.

I wish you all a fulfilling week.

Best regards

Y. Aksoyalp.

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