Topic: Technical Writing
10-second review: Suggests that students in a technical writing class emulate the types of writing used in a corporation or small business.
Title: “Using a Business Framework to Teach Technical Writing to Nonscientists.” B. Devet. Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges (May 2005), 407-416. The two-year college publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
Comment: The business provides the models of the various types of writing used in the business. Students analyze the models. They prepare a publication explaining how to construct in writing each type with student examples. Before publication, a representative of the business makes suggestions for improving the students’ examples. Another approach to the first-year college writing course? Put the focus of first-year college writing on real-world genres from other disciplines and business? RayS.