ERIC Number: ED218968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Communication Skills for the Foreign-Born Professional.
Barnes, Gregory A.
A book is presented that is intended to facilitate mastery of English as a second language by foreign-born professionals who are working and competing in the United States or English-speaking regions of Canada. The text rests on two assumptions: first, that its readers are prepared to improve their linguistic skills on their own, and secondly that the professional person needs more intensive learning about communication (nonverbal as well as verbal) than is recognized in existing texts. The book is divided into four sections as follows: (1) aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication, grouped under rules for social behavior, public speaking, and oral presentations; (2) reading effectively in English, including discussions of practical applications of reading theory, techniques for catching writers' signals, active reading, and means of reducing material to its core; (3) the basic principles of written English, that is, the three-part composition, rhetorical modes, and coherence and control; and (4) a set of guidelines for writing professional papers that include standard forms, objectivity, visual materials in reports, and papers and publications. Three appendices include student exercises; an outline of manuscript conventions, spelling, and punctuation; and a grammar handbook. Each section contains a list of suggested readings. (AMH)
Descriptors: Adults, Communication Skills, English (Second Language), Foreign Nationals, Grammar, Nonverbal Communication, Professional Development, Reading Skills, Rhetoric, Speech Communication, Technical Writing, Writing (Composition)
ISI Press, 3501 Market Street, University City Science Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104 ($18.95, hardcover, $13.95, paper in the U.S.; $21.95 and $16.95 in other countries).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Learner
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