Academic Writing Activity 1 Academic vocabulary



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Activity 1 – Academic vocabulary




Re-write each phrase, using alternative words that would be better suited for an academic essay

X's research has had a massive impact on how we view science today.


In a nutshell, the research shows...
This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt...
There is lots of evidence illustrating that...
Thanks to X's research, we now have a pretty good idea about...
It has been really interesting to read about...





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Activity 2 – Analysing Essay Titles




When you are asked to write an essay, it is important that you fully understand the question or task. Below is a list of essay titles. For each title,


  • Highlight key words and phrases to do with the essay subject in one colour.

  • Highlight key words and phrases to do with the essay instructions (ie How to approach the task, what you are being asked to do) in another colour.

  • Highlight statements in a third colour.

  • What is left over – how can you describe these words that are left?

‘Students should be paid the equivalent of the average wage whilst attending university.’ To what extent do you support this opinion?

Compare and contrast the experience of going to see a film at the cinema with that of watching a DVD at home.


Explain what is meant by environmental sustainability. Discuss the measures a household in Britain might take in order to develop an environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has unveiled plans to introduce kangaroos to the Derbyshire Peak District. Evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of such a programme to the local environment and economy.

Explain the importance for human beings of the ozone layer in the Earth’s atmosphere, and the changes in it caused by human activity in recent decades.






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