Academic Style: impersonal, formal, technical, analytical, evaluative, cautious, critical
Good coverage of style - also well integrated with text structure, grammar, vocabulary
Unit 3 Academic Writing covers style features achieved through Words
- formality, technicality and impersonality; Structures - passive voice, nominalisation, logical relations/connectors, relative clauses; Conventions
- stages of argument (opinon and evidence) and language of modality, certainty,
Unit 1 Effective Writing covers resources of cohesion as 'macro and micro features of academic writing'. Macro features include thematic cohesion through information focus and logical flow in an academic paragraph and micro features inlcude lexical cohesion through use of 'referring' words', including pronouns and synonyms.
Unit 8 Critical Thinking will soon contain a section focussed on features of analytic and critical writing
Content - excellent theoretical understanding as all style features are integrated clearly into relevant aspects of text and paragraph purpose and structure; as well as with vocabulary and grammar specific to academic texts. Appearance - good, clear. Design - interactive, navigation satisfactory
Instruction - very easy to read and good explanations and summaries; many comparative model texts with annotations, interactive exercises and activities with corrections.
Helpful Hint - Academic Writing is quite difficult work on all the complex features of academic style. Do it only if you have the basics of text and paragraph structure and cohesion done in Effective Writing.