C2 Term 2 Page Two

Module Four: focus on academic reading and register

Activity One. Going beyond the Surface when you read

This week we start looking beyond the surface. This means thinking about how to link your ideas logically and how to choose suitably non vague lexis. It also means reading texts with an awareness of register. Look at the link to the C1 academicenglish wiki to look in more detail at what register is.

Project Three.

Choose a page from an English academic book, or an extract from an article you are studying, and analyse it for the features we have been looking at:
1) what type of language features do you find?
2) How does the layout affect the reader?
3) Find examples of the language the writer uses, such as adjectives, expressions etc., that tell you something about his/her stance (what he/she believes)
4) How clearly does the writer express his/her message and organise his/her ideas?

Discuss your ideas with another student and then make a worksheet or a Quizlet activity to help other students to understand the features you saw.

Video Work

Here is a lesson for you made with the popular TED videos: this one is related to the subject of risk.

Taking Risks

Project Four.

Preparing a five-minute oral presentation
The language you use when giving an oral presentation is more informal than written language but it still follows certain conventions. Look at the activity below to see some language you might use to structure your talk.

Go back to C2 2 Page 2 for more work on giving presentations (that we did last term)
Go to this page to see a video of an academic presentation that I gave at a conference.

Extra Work

1) Writing a Review

In the final exam, you may be asked to write a review of something you have read in your studies explaining how it has been of relevance to you and your life.

Look at the worksheet (in your photocopies) called "It's Your turn" and convert the semi spoken text into written text. (Cover the written version at the bottom when you do this.) Then compare your version with the written one to see what you can learn from it.

In this document you can see some language points that came up in class when we were doing this:

2) Extra work: Focus on Link words:

Some people are still having difficulty lin
king their ideas logically when writing. Do the activities below to focus on your knowledge of these items: