Day 22: Making your writing more formal

Day 22: Word formation

NB small typo in Group 5 answer 2) should be Beautifying

Academic English website:nominalisation practice(worksheet)

Nominalisation in a nutshell…

Which one sounds better?

1. The loss of suitable habitat is causing the extinction of some species and a general reduction of biodiversity.

2. If we lose suitable places for animals to live, some species will become extinct the there will be less biodiversity.

Answer

1. The loss of suitable habitat is causing the extinction of some species and a general reduction of biodiversity.

This one is better because it uses NOUNS forms.

NOUN forms (nominalisation) are good because they

    • make you sound like an expert
    • give you ‘ACADEMIC VOICE’
    • give your writing formality, objectivity and authority
    • allow you to add additional, precise information
    • allow you to use passive forms
    • make your message more succinct.
    • make the meaning clearer (greater clarity)

      Use the slides below as revision and to do the practice exercises.

        EXTRA practice

         

        The Academic Word List PDF will play a crucial role in making your writing more formal.

        Start reviewing a few words every day in whichever way suits you best. My Quizlet cards help you see the differences between formal words on the list and their informal equivalents.

        Using the Academic Word List

        Academic Word List Main Site

        How the lesson will help:

        This lesson outlines the basic principles behind formal, academic language. 

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        Why you need to do it:

        You need a formal, academic voice to do well in Task 2. 

        This lesson takes you through a few ‘quick fixes’ and raises awareness of simple changes you can make.

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        What you need to do:

        • Read the ‘In a nutshell’ guide and see if you can identify what makes the sentence more formal.
        • Watch the video and/or use the slides to guide you through the examples.
        • Start building your range of nouns (do the word-building exercise).

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