Academic writing: why the rigour


Here is a very easy-to-read and accessible article about academic writing and why it’s not so easy to read (or write). If you have ever wondered how to convince your learners that academic essays should not be fun, this little piece of writing is just the thing: in the true spirit of popularising dry science, Gordon Rugg takes the reader back to the story of Mesmer (as in ‘mesmerising’) story and explains how Mesmer’s non-academic but flashy claims failed to make him the father of clinical hypnosis. The author also doesn’t forget about the traditional role of terms in achieving clarity and brevity, and gives a bit of teaching advice – good stuff.

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