Academic Discourse Essay

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11 December 2014 Drowning in the Discourse Julie Wildhaber says that “A strong, well-defined voice is the bridge between you and your audience: It helps your readers understand who you are, and it helps you engage them” (Wildhaber). For students in college, their audience will always be their professor. Along with expecting a strong voice, professors expect students, even first year students, to master and employ the many other writing skills that make up academic discourse. Most students tend to prioritize the more technical conventions of writing over the development of a distinguished and personalized voice. The conventions of college writing are very complex and if professors are more helpful and patient with first year students as they learn academic discourse, students will be better prepared for all future academic endeavors and they will have a better opportunity to strengthen and develop their voice. David Bartholomae, author of Inventing the University, is a professor who writes about the struggles that students face with transitioning into college level writing and learning to write with authority in academic discourse, all while maintaining a unique voice. I agree with Bartholomae’s views on the subject and his arguments are very valid because he speaks from the status and experience of a professor, yet he is understanding of the challenges that students face. In order to meet the standards of college writing, it is important for students to learn academic discourse. In universities, there is a different and more complex style of writing that is expected. Students who are used to the standards of secondary education are thrown into a new standard and it is difficult to learn and apply all of the aspects of academic discourse. Academic discourse refers to the conventions of writing that are used by those in the academy (Bartholomae 6). It includes a
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