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ERIC Number: EJ840985
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Technical Students Interacting with Professional Literature and Writing
Tichenor, Stuart
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v31 n2 p163-169 Dec 2003
When teaching writing, a teacher never knows when a student will truly grasp the importance of the lesson being presented. Teachers know that some students will see the relevance, while others may not immediately grasp the value of what they present in the classroom. In order to convince students they should actively participate in his technical writing classes, the author has created two series of assignments that require students to use professional literature from their fields of study. These assignments, which are described in this article, also require students to move beyond formulaic exercises and models and create new ideas based on their own experience and education. Both series of assignments have been effective in requiring students to actively participate in the writing process. In fact, using the students' majors gives them a more complete sense of ownership when it comes to producing a finished product. The other benefit is that the assignments can be modified for a variety of differing circumstances.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma