Focus on Vocabulary

Vocabulary knowledge is vital to academic writing, mainly due to its uniqueness. This section has a more detailed focus on the vocabulary style and type that is appropriate for academic writing with suggested word and phrase banks.

Introduction

At university, you will encounter new words and come to recognise their frequency in texts and other forms of discourse, especially when becoming more encapsulated in texts and specialised in a subject.

Apart from having a sound knowledge of general English, having a good knowledge of how vocabulary is constructed, and also knowledge of the vocabulary used in specific disciplines, is essential when writing at university.The following sections target the most common issues faced in academic writing.

Under each of the above headings, there will be subheadings to help guide you through the various vocabulary structures.