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Academic Discourse

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Presentation of ideas (usually in written form) in academic or scholarly contexts that exhibits conventional characteristics in form and expression. Traditionally, such communication has been objective, analytical, and expository, and has generally advanced an argument for a particular thesis. Can also refer to conventions of discourse followed within individual scholarly disciplines and is often addressed in writing instruction for college or high school students. May be used for academic classroom discourse in K-12, especially as it pertains to second language learning. Note: Do not confuse with "English for Academic Purposes," which involves English instruction for non-English speakers. Prior 2004, the Identifier "Academic Language" may also have been used to index this concept.
Category: Subjects of Instruction
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Language Styles
Narrower Terms
Use this term instead of
Academic Discourse Communities
Academic Writing
Related Terms
Academic Education
Discourse Communities
English for Academic Purposes
Faculty Publishing
Writing for Publication
Writing Instruction
Added to ERIC: 8/16/2000