Question: Write two or three paragraphs on the following topic: How does academic writing differ from other types of everyday writing, in your experience.
Academic writing differs from normal everyday writing for a few reasons. First and foremost, the intended audience for both types of writing is different, therefore leading to contrasting writing forms. Academic writing is written in mind for a small but specific group of people, like professionals of an industry, for example. Everyday writing on the other hand typically targets a wider audience.
Because of this distinction, in comparison, everyday writing tends to be written with a friendlier tone, using less formal language and closely resembles that of normal everyday speaking. Academic writing is almost always written in cold, emotionless language, with minimal opinions expressed. Moreover, it usually follows a clear logical structure to enable the reader to understand the connections between facts and ideas more clearly.
Also, academic writing contains jargon or profession-specific language which are not accessible to the untrained. Quite commonly, they are everyday words but with an alternative technical meaning. Academic writing uses these words so as to accurately convey understanding to the reader. Everyday writing, as the name suggests, is made up of words or phrases used in its familiar and natural meaning, so to speak. Thus it shouldn’t present understanding difficulties to the common folks.
The differences between the two writing forms, namely academic writing and normal everyday writing, are quite drastic due to the purposes each serves. Hence, proficiency in one doesn’t assure proficiency in the other.
Hi. This blog will be where I will pen down my thoughts, where I can freely express myself without worries of being judged. No one is going to visit this site anyway :p This will also be the avenue for me to practice writing. From time to time, whenever i read something interesting, I will write down my thoughts about it. When you notice that my writing lacks coherence, that’s because I’m training myself to write with less hesitation and deliberation. I will also choose to neglect any grammar mistakes for the time being because I feel I should learn to write fluently first before working on the other less important details of the language. My focus for the time being will be on vocabulary building. Here’s my rough plan to english mastery:
First, focus on listening and using the english lesson packs, which are English Harmony and Power English. An equal amount of time will also be spent acquiring new vocabularies through active reading, memorising with the special method and learning the meanings of unfamilar words, looking them up in a dictionary. I will also be practicing to write with more fluency.
For the second phase, the focus shall be on enriching the huge amount of acquired active vocabularies. This is accomplised by reading and listening to more difficult lessons. By this time, I should be able to write fairly quickly and express meanings pretty well. So i shall shift the focus to perfecting the use of various sentence structures to fit its purpose.
That’s all my idea I have at the moment about my plan for english mastery. In writing this I entry, I noticed that I’m able to more varied vocabularies when I’m looking away from the screen. I shall continue to do this and assess if this indeed is beneficial.