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Writing - about art, luxury and business: Introduction

Resources and techniques for improving your writing and study skills

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During your studies at the Institute you will be asked to write in an academic style of English, and sometimes in other styles as well.  Academic English is typically formal and logical, using a precise and sophisticated vocabulary.  Somewhat different styles are appropriate for certain assignments, such as exhibition reviews or business plans.

The Institute's Academic Writing Guide is a key resource. You will find the latest version on CanvasIn addition you should always check the instructions for each assignment, as here there may be specific guidance about the style appropriate to this piece of work.


Sources for inclusive vocabulary

Cultural Heritage Terminology Network
Includes a glossary with advice on the most appropriate and respectful terminology for different peoples, societies, practices and events. Includes information about language considered insulting or otherwise inappropriate. Also includes a blog and links to other recommended sites.


LGBTQ+ terminology. See also 
Moscas de Colores – Gay Dictionary, which covers nearly 70 languages.