Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 5.2.2. Mode

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Mode is the type of text (e.g., visual, spoken, written) that affects the type of language used.

Definition (informal)

Mode: Are you speaking about it or writing about it?


For example, the Persuasive Essay Example uses language that is appropriate to a formal written mode. However, if the essay began with the line below it would reflect an inappropriate conversational mode:

Hi there! In the context of education …

Resources (textbook)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

Click on the link to access an online resource to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

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