Writing academic English: being formal

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Date: 20 January 2020
Venue: Room 4D24 (Library), Frenchay Campus
Venue Location: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/campusmapsandinformation/frenchaycampus/frenchaycampusmaps.aspx
Time: 17:00-18:00

How to attend:

If you are interested in attending this event, please register via InfoHub.


This session will explain when and why you need to be formal in your academic writing and how to do this. You will learn to identify the differences between formal and informal language and have the opportunity to practise looking for these differences and how to apply this in your writing.

You should read the handout on being formal before the workshop.

The workshop will briefly cover some features of being formal in writing before some class exercises in identifying these.

This workshop is a part of the Communication Skills for International Students (CSIS) programme. It is aimed at speakers of English as a second language.

If you have any questions or any accessibility needs, please do contact UWE Bristol library.


  • to be able to identify what makes academic writing formal
  • to apply the features of formal writing to academic work.

Cost: Free
E-mail: askalibrarian@uwe.ac.uk

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