Expression and Style in Academic Writing

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  • The Homework Tasks below contain more than 6 hours of self-study. Your classroom English teacher may suggest you do some of these for homework, or you could choose those that interest you.
  • Some of the tasks listed below should be done in the Centre for Independent Language Learning (CILL). You will need to join CILL by doing an orientation which takes about 20 to 30 minutes when the CILL teachers will explain to you how to use the centre effectively.
  • It is a good idea to keep your work in a folder so that you can show it to your teacher if you have any questions, and for reference if you want a CILL attendance certificate. For this certificate you need to write a short essay detailing what you have learned.


Homework Tasks

On-line Tasks

  • Use the Common Errors web site to find and correct errors in your writing that Hong Kong students commonly make.
  • The Error Detector - copy and paste your essay into the box and the Error Detector finds some common problems in academic essay writing and gives you tips how to solve them.


CILL Homework

What to study Where to find it
Cohesion The Process of Composition (Study Skills, UI) Unit 4, P.70 –74 Ex. 4A

Academic Writing Course (Study Skills, I) Unit 1

Academic Encounters (Study Skills, I) Unit 4, Pages 135-9, Task 2

Unit 4, Pages 163-5 & 167, Task 3

Tentative language Exploring Academic English (Study Skills, I) Unit 5
Formal language Research Matters (Study Skills, UI) Unit 3, P.166-8 Activity 28 & 29

Academic Encounters (Study Skills, I) Unit 2, P.31-3 & 35, Task 4

Don't forget:
  • Answers are at the back of the books or in the Teacher’s Book
  • Try using the self-correction sheet
  • A teacher can help you correct your work or find more material



  • UI - Upper-intermediate
  • I -   Intermediate
  • EI - Early-intermediate




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Last updated on: Friday, March 23, 2012