ERIC Number: ED258234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Real Readers for Real Writers.
In the business writing class, teachers should consider the following suggestions: (1) capture students' interest and involve them, (2) prepare them for life outside the English classroom, (3) help them better understand the writing process, and (4) show them that writing occurs in a context that includes a writer, one or more readers, and a host of other factors. In addition, it is important to provide students with firsthand writing experiences by refusing to give them purposeless textbook writing assignments and by having them write to real readers about their own real concerns. Examples of assignments fulfilling this purpose include the following: complaint letters, letters of appreciation, letters proposing a change, job application letters, resumes, annotated bibliographies on topics of general interest, instructional advice, material based on local history, guides to public buildings, and rewriting existing brochures as well as creating new ones. (EL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (36th, Minneapolis, MN, March 21-23, 1985).