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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?

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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)

generalize—to group different people or things in a common category (that may or may not fit)

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Important Words:

unique– an adjective meaning different or original

source—someone or something with information

solid—full of support (in this case of facts)

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Important Words:

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

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Important Words:

vagueness– very unclear

ambiguous—could have multiple meanings; unclear

prominent– qualified, visible

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Common Rules to live by:

1. Do not generalize: using “all” or “every” will frustrate many professors…

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Common Rules to live by:

…since many Americans believe that people are unique, person to person.

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What you think or feel is not convincing in American writing unless others agree who are more prominent.

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American academic audiences do not necessarily utilize wisdom from respected elders or religious traditions.

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For example, it would be acceptable to explain that it is common for language tutors to find math difficult… (point)

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…if I can find other believable sources (in this case, tutors) who have experienced this situation (data, support)

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I cannot go to my next point until I have fully and successfully supported the point that I am currently on.

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This “topic, point 1, explain, support, point 2, explain, support, point 3, explain, support, conclude” pattern…

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According to Gary Althen, who was an advisor to foreign students at the University of Iowa, in his book American Ways…

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He also explains that other cultures “are likely to attach more weight to ideas or theories”(32)

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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.