ERIC Number: ED196026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Writing Outside the Classroom: Real Audiences, Real Situations.
Brown, Marion; And Others
The English department of a technical college has developed a writing program that uses real audiences and real situations to better prepare students for the communication requirements of their professions. The exercises for each class are focused on the course content. In an advanced technical communication course, senior design, the students are required to build a prototype or model, collect and analyze data, or write a computer simulation. The students are then given an audience for whom the project might have been carried out and are asked to write a report on that project. In the freshman composition class, students learn to write letters of application and develop resumes for the jobs they will apply for while they are students. The course in creative writing focuses on writing for publication, which provides both an immediate audience in the publisher and a primary audience in the readers. Students in engineering technology learn effective technical writing by directing their memos and progress reports to their "supervisor" instructor. Composition students may evaluate the writings of technical students to provide a nontechnical audience for assembly guides or operator's manuals. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (70th, Cincinnati, OH, November 21-26, 1980).