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English: skills for learning
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Week 6: Understanding and using academic style

Introduction

Style is the way people express themselves when communicating with other people. They do this through body language, choice of clothes, the tone of their voice and through images, music and language.

The way people express themselves depends on their personality, but their stylistic choices are also constrained by each specific situation in which they communicate.

This week you will look at the ways in which people adapt style to fit different everyday contexts and then focus on academic style. Academic style is the way in which language can be used to communicate in writing and to be understood in a university context.

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By the end of this week you will:

  • recognise that different styles are appropriate to different situations
  • recognise the different styles used by university texts
  • begin to use a formal academic style.