English: skills for learning
English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning

8 Summary

These are the key learning points this week:

  • The term ‘style’ refers to the way people communicate in different contexts.
  • In everyday life, people tend to adopt a different style according to the situation and who they communicate with.
  • Academic writing uses a specific style which fits the type of subject being studied.
  • Academic writers vary their style to fit the context in which they are writing, but generally they will use a formal style and technical terms.
  • Formal academic style tends to express ideas more concisely and precisely through a range of grammatical structures and formal words.
  • Students learn academic style gradually by reading academic texts and with the support of a tutor.
  • There are a number of ways to report information from sources in a formal way.
  • When stating ideas and reporting information it is important to hedge; that is, to use cautious language.

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