This week´s activity

13/03/16

LEVEL:  B1   TIMING:  20 mins

AIM:  To teach students (especially researchers) phrases they can use in the introduction of their academic papers.

INSTRUCTIONS:  Give a copy of the phrases below to each person.  Ask them to fill in the gaps.  After they have done this, ask them to compare what they wrote with a partner.  Give them the correct answers.    Tell them they can find more phrases for other sections of an academic article at:  http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/

WRITING AN INTRODUCTION

Fill in the gaps to form words.

The introduction

Recently, there has been w_d_  interest in …
In recent years, researchers have become  c_ns_d_ _ _ _l _  
interested in …
The possibility of  ….  has ge_er_ _ e d interest in …..
The effect of …. has been studied ext_ _ s_v_ly in recent years.
A l_ _g-standing problem has been to obtain more information on…

Topic generalizations

There is now much ev_d_ _c_  to support the hypothesis that …
It is g_ _ _r_ _ _ y accepted that…
Education core courses are of_ _ _ criticized for ….
There is now much evidence to s_pp_ _ _ the hypothesis that…

Showing weaknesses in previous research

However, this view is ch_l_ _ _ g _ d by recent data showing…

N_ _ _ rth_l _ _ _, these studies have failed to recognize the…

Showing an unfilled research niche

X…has been extensively studied. However, l_ s _  attention has been paid to…
D_spit_  the importance of…, few researchers have studied…
Research has t_ _d_d  to focus on…rather than…

Outlining Objectives

The p_ _ _os_  of this investigation is to…
The a_m  of this paper is to …
The ob_ _c_i_e  of this study is to elucidate…

Organization of the article

This paper is st _ _ct_ _ _ d as follows ….

The r_ _ _ _n d_ _ of this paper is divided into five sections. Section II describes…

 ANSWERS:  wide; considerably; generated; extensively; long; evidence; generally; often; support; challenged; Nevertheless; less; Despite; tended; purpose; aim; objective; structured; remainder.

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