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Finding an Appropriate Style: Formal and Informal Language

Discuss the formality of different situations and develop your own academic style.

Finding an Appropriate Style: Formal and Informal Language
  • Duration1 week
  • Weekly study7 hours

Choose the appropriate language for any occasion

This online English course takes you through how to choose the correct register in both written and oral English to suit the situation.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to academic style
  • Skills and tips for increasing your vocabulary range
  • Review of spoken vs written language
  • Noun phrases and phrasal verbs and when to use them
  • Exploration of hedging and caution
  • Using specific terminology to avoid vague language
  • Communicating with your tutor - emails and meetings

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop a variety of hedging strategies to present cautious conclusions
  • Identify degrees of formality in email communication
  • Describe a number of informal language features in social English
  • Recognise and apply the appropriate academic style in written and spoken texts

Who is the course for?

This course is for students on the Coventry University pre-sessional English award. It is relevant for students who will be continuing their studies online and on-campus.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

What software or tools do you need?

To take part in this course you will need access to a computer or laptop with a webcam, a reliable internet connection, speakers, and a microphone.

Who will you learn with?

Don Jack is a Course Leader for CU Services at Coventry University, where he works across the pre-sessional and in-sessional programmes.

I have taught English as a Foreign Language for more than thirty years in Egypt, Japan and at universities in the UK. I am now Director of Pre-sessional English Courses at Coventry University.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry