The leap between the undergrad and postgrad can sometimes come as a surprise, especially if you’ve been out of education for a while. Postgraduate study involves applying skills and knowledge in a more sophisticated and advanced way than was required during your degree. Your Guide to Successful Postgraduate Study demystifies some of the expectations of post-grad study and outlines tools and strategies for developing skills that will improve your work throughout the whole of your post-graduate course. This book advises you on how to: • decide what to read, and how best to read it • produce engaging outputs in writing or speaking that are convincing and engaging • pursue academic arguments and show evidence of research/reading • maximize your employability after graduation. Get ahead of the game and equip yourself with the skills needed to supercharge your postgraduate work! SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!
Chapter 6: The Postgraduate-Level Linguistic Skills
The Postgraduate-Level Linguistic Skills
This chapter delves into the very practical aspects of writing and presenting academic work. It starts with a look at the linguistic traits of postgraduate-level work and takes the reader through the nature of academic language as a specialised discourse that exists alongside many others. It tries to demystify for the student the perceived complexity of the deep nature of this discourse by likening it to acquiring a new language, or at least a new variety of this language. The focus of the chapter is therefore about equipping the student with the confidence to pursue the goal of becoming skilled at academic discourse. The intention is not an instrumentalist one. It is not about churning out ...