ERIC Number: ED214179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Horse of a Different Color: Living Happily as a Writing Teacher for Lawyers and Other Professionals.
Ray, Mary Barnard
There are many teaching positions for writing instructors outside the classroom, such as continuing education programs for business and professional people. Instructors interested in tapping this market should watch for opportunities and not overlook small or unusual jobs. They should also clarify their goals, start small, and remember the audience. Clear goals can help the instructor focus his or her effort on a specific result, such as improving the readability of legal writing, while starting at a small job allows the teacher to build experience in a new field. Remembering the audience is critical because those professionals in the writing course want their writing to be accurate, persuasive, and impressive, and the goals of these "students" may not be the same as those of an English teacher in a traditional classroom. Writing instructors should consider five factors before teaching writing to professionals: (1) interest in the discipline in which they would be teaching, (2) the professional jargon of the new discipline, (3) efficiency over and above perfection, (4) ability to maintain a moderately relaxed attitude, and (5) isolation from professional peers. Writing instructors who think these factors would be enjoyable or a challenge may want to add the teaching of writing to members of other professions to their repertoire of marketable skills. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Career Alternatives
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).