English language departments played great role in teaching writing, and in developing a general idea of what is to be considered as good writing. Whilst this make sense, because who is more competent to pass the knowledge required for good-quality writing but the ones who specialized and dedicated their careers to the language itself. But there are those who do not agree entirely with this approach, and are of the opinion that there is more to academic writing that to the creative or some other types of writing. MacDonald (1987) argues that academic writing and other discipline-specific writings, which are a subcategory of academic writing, bear many distinguishing characteristic and therefore should be thought and evaluated carefully with taking these specifics into account.
So, what are the important characteristics of Academic Writing? Despite that scholarly writing recognises a number of genres and types of academic writing, there are some conventional guidelines common for them all, which should be followed regardless of the genre of the paper or the class it is written for.
Firstly, anyone who has ever done any academic writing paper or anyone who is going to do it must bear in mind that it is different from creative writing or personal writing, as these are in most cases types of informal writing. Academic w...
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...entually it comes to light, but it is always better sooner than later. That is why I am of the opinion it should be thought as a class of its own, at the freshman year on college or at the final year at high school.
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