ERIC Number: ED383167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
Technical Writing and International Students: Addressing Special Needs with Teaching Materials.
The selection and use of instructional materials to develop technical writing skills in limited-English-proficient foreign students are discussed. Focus is on the influence of cultural differences in second language learning and the need for instructional materials that accommodate these differences. The first section examines American expectations of second language learners in the classroom, reviews research on acculturation and second language learning, and communication standards in the workplace. The last portion of this section emphasizes the importance of audience analysis in technical writing and suggests that foreign students be taught through comparison of different versions of the same text. The second section presents a rationale for use of supplementary instructional materials for this population, based on rising enrollment and the inadequacy of currently available materials. The third section outlines sample assignments that use the comparative approach to technical writing skill development, two letter-writing exercises and an exercise in formulating topic sentences for paragraphs. (Contains 22 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A