ERIC Number: ED214169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Designing Writing Programs in Business and Industry.
Freed, Richard C.
Current training in writing for business and industry usually takes the form of short courses. However, the short course is an inappropriate way to teach writing because it is inefficient, represents writing behaviors or strategies inappropriate for some writers, rarely allows time for adequate criticism and revision, presents too much material in too short a time to allow writers to increase their skills, and does not use the executive's own proposals and reports to teach writing skills. Training as it exists now in many companies is adjunctive--added on to the on-going activities of the executives or managers. Long-term improvement in writing, however, will occur if the training is integrative--focusing upon the manager's own reports and proposals, both during and after their composition. An organization may establish an integrated writing program by (1) designing a formal training program of writing instruction; (2) training the company's writing instructor (or hiring an instructor); (3) changing the role of the editors so they revise for structure, organization, and clarity; and (4) encouraging executives to evaluate their own prose in group meetings. Measurable development requires continual, conscious practice and frequent coaching, the kind a short course cannot provide. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).