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.
You can now go to Week 7.