Academic texts deal with concepts and ideas related to subjects that are studied at school or university.
Writers of academic texts:
- raise abstract questions and issues.
- present facts and evidence to support their claims.
- use logic to build their arguments and defend their positions.
- conform to a clearly-defined structure.
- choose their words carefully to present their arguments as effectively as possible.
- try to convince us to accept their positions.
What Are Readers Of Academic Texts Expected To Do?
When you read academic texts, you are expected to do much more than just understand the words and the main ideas.
Readers of academic texts are also expected to:
- recognize the writer's purpose and possible bias.
- differentiate between facts and writer's opinions.
- challenge questionable assumptions and unsupported claims.
- think about possible consequences of the writer's claims.
- integrate information across multiple sources.
- identify possible contradictions and competing views.
- evaluate evidence and draw their own conclusions instead of simply accepting what the writer says.
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