students and academic discourse

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Singh 1 Ryan Singh Prof. Brian Gutierrez English 131 30 September 2008 Once a student enters college, they often change their writing styles to try and tailor their writing towards their audience, who more often than not, are the professors critiquing that very piece of writing. This is what’s known as academic discourse; when a student attempts to write their thoughts and ideas customized towards a certain standard. “The student has to learn to speak our language, to speak as we do, to try on the peculiar ways of knowing, selecting, evaluating, reporting, concluding, and arguing that define the discourse of our community.” (Bartholomae 623). For the most part, a student ceases to reveal their own thoughts as they are, but tries to twist, turn, and fine-tune them to try and fit it into that rubric, into that standard, into that academic discourse. Yet, college professors say that once we start writing in academic discourse, we become better writers. There are both positives and negatives into forcing students to write in the university’s academic discourse, and it is because of them that we grow as writers. When a student enters an entry level English course during their freshman year of college, they expect their writing to get develop, not to stay at the same level of complexity as in high school. That is one of the main reasons that a university has a certain standard of academic discourse that they try and push their students to tailor their writing towards. “The student has to appropriate (or be appropriated by) a specialized discourse, and he has to do this as though he
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