I want to say that lecturers at our faculty do a lot of teaching, but to my ears, this phrasing is rather informal – am I right? So, what would be a more formal (or at least less informal) way of saying this? I've tried exchanging the verb and/or the NP with more formal alternatives, but they just don't seem to work very well together. For instance, conduct much teaching or perform a great deal of teaching just sounds weird...

As always, any help I can get would be greatly appreciated!

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    Our faculty lecturers spend most of their time teaching. Jan 9, 2021 at 11:37
  • @WeatherVane Thanks – not quite what I need to say though, since this doesn't stress the amount of teaching per se, only how much it is in relation to other things. See what I mean? "Our faculty lecturers spend most of their time teaching" could just as well mean that they don't work very hard, but to the extent that they do work, most of their work is teaching, right? It's a very fine difference obviously, but still. Thanks for your suggestion though!
    – Hannah
    Jan 9, 2021 at 12:26
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    I must say, I can't think of any situation in which "do a lot of teaching" would be inappropriate for being too informal. Jan 9, 2021 at 13:29
  • @DanielRoseman Oh, ok! Great! I'll go with that then :) Thanks!
    – Hannah
    Jan 9, 2021 at 14:15

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Our lecturers at our faculty put much time and effort into teaching (Cambridge)

is definitely more formal than do a lot of teaching. I always prefer much to a lot of in formal written texts. Actually Cambridge shows that:

We use lots, a lot and plenty in informal styles to talk about quantities, amounts and degree. Lots and a lot are similar in meaning to much and many. Plenty means ‘enough’ or ‘more than enough’. Lots is even more informal than a lot:

DO is indeed used as a main verb to talk about taking part in activities:

I did a lot of hiking and mountain-climbing when I was younger. (Cambridge)

You can do teaching, gardening and so on, but it is not the most formal way of speaking of a profession.

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