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What do you think professors at American colleges and universities want in college writing?. Writing for a U.S. Academic Audience. Important Words :. believable – adjective to describe that which most people find to be an existing truth (may or may not be an actual or real truth)
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What do you think professors at American colleges and universities want in college writing?
believable– adjective to describe that which most people find to be an existing truth (may or may not be an actual or real truth)
generalize—to group different people or things in a common category (that may or may not fit)
unique– an adjective meaning different or original
source—someone or something with information
solid—full of support (in this case of facts)
convincing– something that can help someone to believe something
objective—backed by fact, not opinion
linear– straight and directly forward to the point, like a line
vagueness– very unclear
ambiguous—could have multiple meanings; unclear
prominent– qualified, visible
1. Do not generalize: using “all” or “every” will frustrate many professors…
…since many Americans believe that people are unique, person to person.
What you think or feel is not convincing in American writing unless others agree who are more prominent.
American academic audiences do not necessarily utilize wisdom from respected elders or religious traditions.
If they do appeal to these, it is because their facts, not their emotions, are important.
For example, it would be acceptable to explain that it is common for language tutors to find math difficult… (point)
…if I can find other believable sources (in this case, tutors) who have experienced this situation (data, support)
…telling the reader what I mean to say, why I am saying it and how I can support it…
I cannot go to my next point until I have fully and successfully supported the point that I am currently on.
This “topic, point 1, explain, support, point 2, explain, support, point 3, explain, support, conclude” pattern…
…is typical “linear” thinking for the American reader (and therefore, your professor).
According to Gary Althen, who was an advisor to foreign students at the University of Iowa, in his book American Ways…
They seek to move their audiences…because of the human feelings they share.”(32)
He also explains that other cultures “are likely to attach more weight to ideas or theories”(32)
Some cultures use stories to convey the thoughts they have in mind. (Althen 32)
Other cultures “are characterized by vagueness and ambiguity.” (Althen 32)
“It is not enough to make a point, according to the typical American notion…
Please look over your sentences/paragraph and make any changes based on what an American academic audience wants. You may use the internet for supporting research, if you want.