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 Academic Introduction

An introduction is the most important section of an essay. It informs the reader of the context and what is your stance on the subject. It is usually written after the main body and should include a number of key parts. This webpage discusses the common structure and focuses on the importance of the thesis (stance).

Disclaimer: there is no one way to write an introduction BUT this structure helps lower-level students identify the key sections of an introduction & the importance of the thesis.

Academic Introduction example

Academic Introduction example [Fair Trade]

Question: Fair Trade negatively impacts producers and workers in developing countries. To what extent do you agree?

 

International trade has been predominately controlled by developed countries for centuries and developed countries have struggled to access this market. Fair Trade is a worldwide initiative aimed at improving the livelihood of producers and empowering workers in developing countries by generating better terms and sufficient wages (Fair Trade International, 2017). Overall, Fair Trade develops increased economic stability, higher salaries compared to conventional producers and educates community diversification, to a large extent the claim that Fair Trade negatively impacts producers and workers in developing countries is invalid. This essay will focus on the main arguments connected to stability, salaries and diversification and conclude with suggestions on how Fair Trade could be improved.

 

Highlighted Sections

International trade has been predominately controlled by developed countries for centuries and developed countries have struggled to access this market. Fair Trade is a worldwide initiative aimed at improving the livelihood of producers and empowering workers in developing countries by generating better terms and sufficient wages (Fair Trade International, 2017). Overall, Fair Trade develops increased economic stability, higher salaries compared to conventional producers and educates community diversification, to a large extent the claim that Fair Trade negatively impacts producers and workers in developing countries is invalid. This essay will focus on the main arguments connected to stability, salaries and diversification and conclude with suggestions on how Fair Trade could be improved.

Thesis

  1. Question: Fair Trade negatively impacts producers / workers / developing countries

  2. Essay Topics: economic stability / salaries / diversification

  3. Stance: invalid

How to write an academic introduction.

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It then focuses on highlighting those key sections in three model introductions with particular attention to the thesis (question / topics / stance) and finally finishes with writing an introduction using a range of titles. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  

How to write a thesis statement.

This lesson / worksheet presents the key sections to an academic introduction. It focuses on different writing structures using words like however, although, despite and then includes a writing task. Students write three thesis statements using the introduction models. Example Level: ***** [B1/B2/C1]  

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