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ERIC Number: ED173858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Purposes Mistook Fall'n on th' Inventors Heads.
Book, Virginia
An important factor the technical writer must keep in mind is the makeup of the intended audience. Students should be encouraged to identify as many specific characteristics as possible about an intended audience. It is also important that students comprehend the relationship between audience and use of stylistic elements. By also being sensitive to their audience, students' technical writing teachers can design courses that will help students learn to write effectively for different audiences. Some possible assignments include: asking students to look at more than one technical writing manual and to compare definitions of technical writing and how it differs from other types of writing; asking students to look at a specialized magazine or journal and to identify the intended audience, evaluate the language level, and note how the various elements are directed toward the specific audience; selecting an article and asking students to rewrite it for a different, specific, audience; assigning a preliminary proposal for a report in which students are required to specify the intended audience; and having students give oral presentations on their reports, keeping in mind that the class is a different audience than the one for whom the report was written. (TJ)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A