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Academic Writing

Look at the model texts. One of the reasons for the difference in formality between the two texts is the WORDS the writer has chosen to express their point of view.

Look at the types of language that predominate in the formal and informal versions of the model text.

Formal & specialist language Colloquial & informal lanugage

The informal text has a much more colloquial and conversational word choice while the formal text creates a more academic tone by using formal and specialist language. An academic tone can be developed by choosing more sophisticated words, including technical and specialist language and by avoiding elements of spoken language such as using emotive language, personal pronouns or rhetorical questions.

Using the words of Academic Writing looks at the different ways language can be used to make your writing more formal. This module covers using words in these four ways:

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Summary Conventions Structures Words Introduction