ERIC Number: ED226352
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Technical Writing and Beginning ESL Students: A Workshop Approach.
Southard, Sherry G.
Many international students who come to the United States to improve their research techniques and their written and oral presentations have little or no training in the English language. Such students might benefit from a program similar to that held at Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) in September 1981 for 12 Ecuadorian technicians. This four-session, 10-hour technical writing workshop was part of a larger program that also included intensive English language study. The workshop was team taught, but in general an English-as-a-second-language (ESL) instructor must have proficiency in the native language of the participants, some background in linguistics and teaching English as a second language, and knowledge of the field of specialization of the participants. Time constraints, the students' lack of proficiency in English, and their apparently low level of technical knowledge all affected what was covered in the workshop. Material was presented on transparencies and handouts in short units; and oral presentations were slowed down, simplified, and translated into Spanish. The results of the workshop were not quantified, but those participating in it felt that it was beneficial to them. (JL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Workshops
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Technical Communication Conference (29th, Boston, MA, May 5-8, 1982). Language Instruction