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Text types

Text types in academic writing

You will consider examples of a range of types of text found in academic writing, with a list of their identifying features.

Identifying text types

In this activity you will read short extracts from texts and choose the type they represent.

The language of description

In this learning object you will learn to recognise the language commonly used for academic description writing. You will also identify examples of such language and the organising principles used in a longer piece of writing.

The language of comparison

You will review the language used for comparing and contrasting and develop your knowledge of the vocabulary and structures involved. You will practise writing sentence comparisons using data from a table.