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ERIC Number: EJ820277
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Word Reduction Editing in Second-Language Scientific Writing by East Asian and South Asian Chemistry Graduate Students
Churchill, David G.
Journal of Chemical Education, v83 n7 p1022-1023 Jul 2006
A recursive scientific writing project was undertaken in a second-year, graduate-level course to teach students who were non-native English speakers to write scientific communications clearly and concisely in English. The instructor returned students' brief texts with editorial revisions marked to show how increased clarity may be achieved through word reduction. Peer editing, class discussion, and reading effective writing examples from the primary scientific literature augmented the instructor's editing as means to improve students' science writing in English. Over the course of six assignments, the word counts of students' writing decreased. Anonymous student evaluations indicate that the students had positive attitudes towards the exercises, found them to be useful, and believed that their writing ability and confidence in writing science communications in English improved by practicing word reduction editing. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea