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1 (In)Formality: how to get your degree AND make friends Neil Taylor English Language Support Programme

2 Aims of coming to uni: 1.To get a degree 2.To have a good time, make lots of friends, meet the girl/boy of your dreams, fall in love and live together happily ever after...

3 Bad news... 1.ielts 6.5 = not good enough 2.TWO ‘ENGLISHES’!!!

4 Aims of coming to uni: 1.To get a degree = formal 2.To have a good time, make lots of friends, meet the girl/boy of your dreams, fall in love and live together happily ever after... = informal

5 Two ‘Englishes’ 1. Formal English In my opinion, Chelsea will win the Premiership this year 2. Informal English I reckon Chelsea’ll win the Premiership this year

6 Two ‘Englishes’ 1. Formal English In my opinion, Chelsea will win the Premiership this year 2. Informal English I reckon Chelsea’ll win the Premiership this year

7 Two ‘Englishes’ 1. Formal English In my opinion, Chelsea will win the Premiership this year 2. Informal English I reckon Chelsea’ll win the Premiership this year

8 Two ‘Englishes’ 1. Formal English Good morning John! It is rather cold today, don’t you think? 2. Informal English Alright mate! Bit nippy out, isn’t it?

9 Two ‘Englishes’ 1. Formal English Good morning John! It is rather cold today, don’t you think? 2. Informal English Alright mate! Bit nippy out, isn’t it?

10 Two ‘Englishes’ 1. Formal English Good morning John! It is rather cold today, don’t you think? 2. Informal English Alright mate! Bit nippy out, isn’t it?

11 Academic English? Mr. Simon Johnson and Dr. Sally Albarn did the experiment in But the experiment didn’t come up with any clear results cos they only interviewed a few people (about 20). To make the experiment better, you should interview more people (500 should do the trick!). This would give us a lot better results.

12 Academic English? Mr. Simon Johnson and Dr. Sally Albarn did the experiment in But the experiment didn’t come up with any clear results cos they only interviewed a few people (about 20). To make the experiment better, you should interview more people (500 should do the trick!). This would give us a lot better results.

13 Academic English The experiment was undertaken in 1982 by Johnson and Albarn. However, it proved inconclusive due to the relatively small number of people interviewed (approximately 20). To improve the experiment, it is suggested that a larger number of people (approximately 500) should be interviewed. This should produce far more accurate and reliable data.

14 Academic English The experiment was undertaken in 1982 by Johnson and Albarn. However, it proved inconclusive due to the relatively small number of people interviewed (approximately 20). To improve the experiment, it is suggested that a larger number of people (approximately 500) should be interviewed. This should produce far more accurate and reliable data.

15 Academic English: don’t use... aboutmore and moreget likelots of/ a lot ofloads in my opinionI wantI think Smith mentionsall in allto sum up First of all/ in the beginning Last but not least/ at last So/And/But at beginning of sentences Exclamation marks!!!

16 Academic English: don’t use... 1.Vagueness: e.g. things, good, some people, sort of, kind of, nowadays… 2. Imagery/ metaphor (e.g. every coin has two sides; a cliff we must climb; several voices are heard)

17 Informal English REAL ENGLISH

18 What?!?!?!?! Fancy a quick brew? What you up to tonight? Where you off at the weekend? Time for a pint?

19 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

20 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

21 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

22 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

23 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

24 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

25 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

26 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

27 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

28 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

29 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

30 A real (sort of) Dear Miss Katie, It gives me great pleasure and honour to write to you. I was really chuffed and thrilled to bits after I phoned you. I just wanna say cheers! Your university’s really cool cos all your teachers are dead fit. Thanks a million, mate. Arnold x

31 Phrasal verbs To shut

32 Phrasal verbs To shut up

33 Phrasal verbs What’ve you come up with? She’s always going on about how fantastic Greenwich is. I wanted to live in Covent Garden but I’m going to have to make do with Hammersmith as central London’s too expensive

34 Formal vs Informal Writing Speaking Never contractAlways contract No phrasal verbsLoads of phrasal verbs No slang Loads of slang Grammatically accurateNot grammatically accurate No vaguenessVagueness ok I/my/you/your etc = badI/my etc = good

35 Some Golden Rules of Academic Writing 1.Formality- no informal expressions - no phrasal verbs - no contractions - no vagueness 2. Accuracy- check for common mistakes (eg?) 3. Organisation/structure 4. Don’t try to be Shakespeare!

36 ELSP Who are we?

37 ELSP


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