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CLaSS Student Resources: Academic English

Academic English

Academic English is the language used to communicate in a formal, academic context; it is based on a range of conventions which may also vary according to the discipline and the level of your course. If you are new to academic study, or if this is the first time you are studying in English, you may need some time to develop your understanding and command of academic style as well as other conventions of academic writing.

This page signposts a range of Academic English self-study resources, classes and one-to-one tutorials to suit your specific needs. Here are some top tips to guide you:

  • To develop your awareness of academic conventions, explore the  Good Academic Practices guides;
  • To become acquainted with the key requirements of Academic Style, have a look at the Writing in an Academic Style guide and video;
  • If you are an international student and/or you speak English as an Additional Language, check out the International Students Guide or the English Language support available from CELL;
  • Furthermore, reading academic texts is the most effective way in which you'll develop your ability to recognise and reproduce academic English. You can explore the Library resources below, use Library search to identify sources relevant to your course, or check out your modules' Resource lists.

Library resources

Good Academic Practices

International Students Guide

Academic English Tutorials

Writing in an academic style

Academic Style

Focus on Guides - Courses

Critical Writing Guide
Essay Writing Guide
Proof Reading for Grammar Toolkit
Reflective Writing Guide
Report Writing Guide
Writing in academic style guide
Using Evidence in Writing
Writing a case study