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ERIC Number: ED140330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Feb
Pages: 8
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Reference Count: 0
Technical Writing: The Real Needs.
Sparrow, W. Keats
To understand the specific differences between technical writing and ordinary writing, it is helpful to consider five definitions cited by W. Earl Britton: (1) technical writing deals with subject matter in science, engineering, and business; (2) it demands a specialized vocabulary, particularly of adjectives and nouns; (3) it involves a tightly logical thought sequence; (4) it involves precision in sentence structure and in word choice; and (5) it conveys one precise meaning. English teachers who teach technical writing courses must teach many skills beyond those taught in ordinary composition courses. Students should learn to deal with forms and applications and with categories of letters, memoranda, and reports which they will encounter in business and industry. They should learn about graphics, including pictorial material (photographs, drawings, paintings, and maps) and symbolic graphics (graphs, schematics, flow sheets, and tables). Teachers should also instruct students in the use of "textual delineators" (captions or headings, itemization, and numbering of major parts of the text), in oral reporting, and in stylistic practices common in technical writing. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on English in the Two-Year College (Williamsburg, Virginia, February 1977)