I teach a course in academic writing. My students, who do not have much writing experience, add many phrases, as in What are these extra phrases added to the beginning of sentences called?, to the beginning of their sentences and in the middle.
I feel that the students should eliminate any extraneous language from their papers as it just makes the reader do more work to get the important ideas or the information that they want. They can use such phrases, but only when they add meaning to the paper and only when used quite sparingly. My students are not so easily convinced though, because a prior teacher told them they should add these phrases liberally.
I was surprised to learn about their prior teacher's advice, but will consider that possibility that the other teacher has valid reasons.
- Are there any reasons why students should use these phrases in their academic writing?
- I don't recall ever encountering such language in my readings of academic journals. Is such language common or appropriate in certain subjects?