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By Kathy Turner, Brenda Krenus, Lynette Ireland, Leigh Pointon

Essential educational Skills encourages and helps scholars to increase their abilities to develop into the simplest newcomers they are often. It takes a step by step method of the fundamental talents required to accomplish a college measure and offers complete studying aid via examples and actions.

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Glossary a list with meanings of the terminology used within a source (such as a textbook). label the term used for a group of words whose function is to refer either backwards or forwards to a section of text as a means of creating cohesion. point of view the direction from which a writer or speaker examines a topic. register a part of a language found in a particular context, which has acquired its own characteristics, for example, the academic register. word cloud a visual display of how words appear in a text, with those more frequently used presented in larger font.

The distinctiveness of academic language All academic work, whether it is a textbook or a research article, or even a lecture, tends to be presented in a distinctive style, or register, that leads to problems for novice users. The main features of the academic register are: •• use of disciplinary terminology •• dense use of general academic words •• academic style. Disciplinary terminology Every occupation or profession produces its own words or uses existing words in a particular manner as a means of creating efficient and precise communication.

However, while we are taught how to read and write, and even perhaps how to speak in certain contexts, we are rarely taught how to listen. Hence, the development of our listening skills may not keep up with the changes in our life. Listening to speech is a distinct form of communication, significantly different from reading and writing. Speech has many of its own linguistic features, making listening a specialised skill. g. g. g. ‘His argument has many faults’) Includes many hesitations: pauses fillers, such as ‘mmmm’, ‘ah’, ‘yeah’, ‘but’ repetitions, such as ‘I’m going to tell you about’ … ‘Mmm’… ‘Anyway, today we will discuss the way that …’) Aims for coherence and continuity •• •• •• Listening for the linguistic features of speech 1 Your tutor, or one of the students, will talk to you for a few minutes on a non-academic topic that interests her or him.

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