Academic English, what’s that?

Hello everyone!

How’s the week going? This Friday we bring you a website  that we really think  you are going to love: the Cambridge blog on “Academic Perspectives”. Did you even know this exists?

You’ve probably heard of it as an option when taking the IELTS exam (you can find more information about the IELTS exams here) but first things first, what’s ‘Academic English’? 

In a nutshell, it is the English used in research, studies or scientific papers and also the one used at university. This involves a more formal type of language that tends to avoid idioms and phrasal verbs in favour of impersonal and passive structures.

All of these changes, make academic English more challeging for students since they usually read texts on social media, or websites like this blog, which tend to be written in a more neutral style so as to make them more accessible for people of all levels.

Why should I care about academic English?

Well, many reasons! Scroll down for a list of them! 😉

  1. English is the universal language. Whether we like it or not, English has become the language of business, medicine, science and even fashion! So, chances are, you’ll run into this sort of language in the future either when reading about your hobbies or about your area of expertise. This makes it necessary for you to, at the very least, be aware of this language and become familiar with it.
  2. Studies and university. If you are thinking of studying abroad, you will, mostly likely, be asked to write a letter or essay explaining why you want to join the university or telling the admissions department about your previous achievements, jobs and responsibilities. That essay must be written in formal, academic, language. In the event you are admitted, all the papers and assignments you write for your course should also be written in this register.
  3. To communicate. When we talk about academic English we generally think of written language, mainly because it is the most common form. However, there are situations in which you’ll have to produce academic English in speaking form. For example, when being interviewed for a job, internship or masters degree or when attending a professional event such as meetings and conferences.

To sum up, you should learn about academic English to become a whole independent (to advanced) user of the language. If we get stuck in what we already know, it’s impossible to evolve.

With this idea of evolution and becoming a better user of the English language, let’s take a look at the ‘Fifteen Eighty Four’ blog (click on the name to access it).

When we go to the main page, we find a summary of the most popular/recent posts on different topics. On the right, we can see a list of subjects to read on from medicine to psychology and sociology, there’s no topic you won’t find on this site. We encourage you to browse the blog and find a couple of posts to read, what differences can you see with the texts you usually read? How’s the language different?

You can also go to their YouTube channel to practise listening to this type of language. Click here to see Cambridge University Press – Academic YouTube channel.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this post and learned a little bit more about academic English, what do you think of it? Do you think it’ll be useful for you in the future? Leave your comments below!

See you for the next post! Till then, #staysafe !







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