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The ways we write are influenced by our purpose. We write differently when communicating with our friends, reporting on events, telling stories. At university, the type of writing that you will be expected to produce in your assessment tasks is classified as ‘academic writing’. The purpose of academic writing is to analyse or produce knowledge.

Activity

After watching the video, indicate which of the following words you would use to describe academic writing. Click on the options you think are most appropriate to reveal more information.

Formal
Precise
Descriptive
Authoritative
Informal
Subjective
Logical
Analytical
Assertive
Opinion