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Academic Literacy Skills

Knowledge of how academic discourse is structured and presented

  • knowledge of how arguments are developed and presented within a given field of study
  • knowledge of how to incorporate ideas taken from reading, listening and debating
  • awareness of what is considered good academic style in both writing and speaking

Knowledge of how academic discourse is produced

  • understanding the recursive nature of academic assignment preparation
  • understanding the effort required in the elaboration of thought and argument in a typical academic assignment


  • The ability to express ideas cogently, concisely and persuasively in writing and speaking.

Creative and critical thinking

  • relating to all four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking and sometimes described as a 'habit of mind'
  • a desire to seek connections between ideas while maintaining a rigorous approach to the analysis of arguments and ideas
  • a striving to test the status of ideas and arguments e.g. as fact, hypothesis, opinion or belief

Independent learning

  • recognising the need to take responsibility for study and learning goals
  • understanding how to achieve study aims
  • knowing when and how to obtain assistance to achieve academic goals

Respect for the work and effort of others

  • awareness of the great importance placed in academia on acknowledging authorship and maintaining academic integrity in relation to use of sources
  • understanding why it is important within academic study and research to acknowledge the work and thinking of of others

Read more: Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning; ICAS