What academic language may be useful in an introduction?
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– Highlight the importance of introductory language
– Divide the introductory language into five key areas
– Provide numerous examples of each language type
Finally, after selecting the elements you require for your essay introduction and determining which structure you intend to follow, the last aspect that requires careful consideration is which language you should use. Of course, as with all academic writing, it’s important to be formal, concise and objective in your writing. To help you with this, we’ve outlined a number of phrases that you can use:
1. Language for Defining Key Terms
When defining the terms of your essay, it’s important that you make it clear to the reader that you’re introducing a definition so that they know to pay careful attention to the following words. The four examples below can help to do just that:
3. Language for Creating Thesis Statements
Similarly, there are some useful structures that you can utilise when creating a thesis statement to provide the purpose of your essay. By using a combination of ‘purpose statement’, ‘essay type’ and ‘topic’, you can quickly and easily create a concise and clear thesis statement:
4. Language for Introducing Stance
However, should you also need to include stance in your thesis statement, then the previous structure will need to be modified somewhat. Instead of those previous aspects, through a combination of ‘purpose statement’, ‘reporting verb’, ‘topic’ and ‘positive/negative argument’ you can clearly integrate your stance with your thesis:
5. Language for Providing an Outline
Finally, should your thesis statement also require an outline in which the writer provides the main ideas of each body paragraph in the essay, then the following language structures may be useful for you:
- This essay demonstrates that reading speed, classroom participation, and students’ willingness to communicate are all factors which are improved through the use of modern technology in the classroom.
- It has been found that high equipment costs, insufficient teacher training and low-quality digital materials all contribute to the inefficiencies of using technology in the classroom.
And should you need to include a counter argument with the main arguments of your outline, then the following structure may be of use:
- Although it has been found that technology may increase reading speed, this essay argues that a combination of high equipment costs and low-quality digital materials outweighs the benefits of using technology in the language classroom.
Now that we’ve discussed the purpose of an essay introduction, the elements that are commonly used, the different structures that may be followed, and the language that can be helpful to an academic, you may wish to check your comprehension of these four lessons by downloading and completing our beginner-, intermediate– and advanced-level worksheets.
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