Stylistic features of academic texts – Arts & Humanities

The objective of academic writing is to inform readers, in an accurate and objective manner.

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Features of academic texts

We are here going to look at texts from a structual and stylistic point of view.

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Quiz: What type of text?

There are many types of written text and we often apply different strategies to different text types (because we are likely to read them for different purposes).

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Applying skimming and scanning strategies

Some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​academic​ ​texts​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​read​ ​may be​ ​quite​ ​long. It is therefore a good idea to glance at the text first to extract as much information as possible on the topic.

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Practice: reading to find specific information

Scannng a text to look for specific information.

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Key words

Let’s see which words help us to understand the gist of this text. Pick three words from the text that you consider most significant for its understanding and write them in the Mentimeter tool.

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Practice: reading for global comprehension

Read a short excerpt and apply reading strategies. Then, answer the question in this quiz.

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Quiz: Word-level understanding

Complete the text by inserting a word in the appropriate space.

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Quiz: Sentence-level understanding

You will be asked 4 True/False-type questions on the following video from Prof. Fry’s lecture: https://view.vzaar.com/9894143/video

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Practice: Inferring, listening for the main Idea, extracting specific information

Watch a short excerpt and try to infer what the topic of his lecture will be.

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Applying higher order thinking skills

Here is a short video clip taken from Prof. Paul Fry’s lecture Introduction to the Theory of Literature.
Watch and identify both verbal and non-verbal elements which express: a) opinions, b) humour.

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