ERIC Number: ED259399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Emphasizing Professionalism: An Assignment in Business Writing.
Nelson, Charles W.
To introduce students to the actual environment in which professional level communication takes place early in the term of a business writing course, students are asked what they believe to be the major communication difficulties faced by business people in their everyday routines. The responses are listed and then compared with actual instances submitted by local business people. The discussion in class focuses on the best solutions to these difficulties and the easiest ways of approaching them. Next, students are asked to choose a firm in the area of their chosen field and to arrange with a member of the firm for an interview. Questions focus on the place business communications has in that particular firm and other firms of its type and the duties, assignments, or skills the student in that field should strive to achieve in college. The last part of the class project requires students to transcribe the information gathered during their conferences and to write a coherent report such as they might have to submit in an actual job situation. By the time most students have finished reporting the results of their interviews, they admit to being surprised at how much time business people spend in communicating with others and how many varieties of communicative skills are needed. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Technical Communications Conference (St. Louis, MO, May 1-4, 1983).