Departmental Language Programme - Academic Literacy - Online Resources
ELTC Staff have developed these interactive online resources to enable you to improve your academic literacy. Academic literacy consists of the skills and language that you need in order to succeed within your academic department. Meeting the expectations of your department is an essential component of academic writing at University. You can use the resources we have created on this page to learn how to write correctly in the style required by your department, as well as how to avoid plagiarism.
Your Department Language Programme (DLP) tutor may refer you to these resources as part of your DLP course, or you can use any of the resources for self-study at your own leisure.
Click on the headings below to view the resources available in each area and a further definition of what it entails:
Cohesion is the way you use language to connect your ideas and show the progression of your argument.
Coherence is when the ideas in your writing are logically connected and flow naturally from one to another.
Criticality is the ability to look at a piece of writing and identify different positions and biases within it.
Being able to read quickly and effectively is a key skill when studying at university.
Genre Analysis is the ability to identify a genre’s defining organization, language, intended audience and purpose.
Paraphrasing is a key skill to learn to be able to effectively integrate sources into your writing.
Summarising is the ability to take longer pieces of text and express them in a shorter form in your own words. It is a key skill for referring to sources in your writing.
Synthesising is the ability to integrate different sources effectively into your writing.
The lab report is an example from the genre family of methodology recounts. Its aim is to describe the methods, procedures and experimental findings of research conducted by the student.
Academic vocabulary is really important to develop if you want to be able to write more accurately.