ERIC Number: EJ905024
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 56
Orality and the Process of Writing
Van Woerkum, C. M. J.
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v37 n2 p183-201 2007
The aim of this article is to show that a better awareness of the relationship between written and spoken communication can help the writer to improve his/her effectiveness. The focus will be on written texts that precede (formal and informal) discussions. The analysis will start with a description of the differences between orality and literacy. We shall deal with the functions of orality-based texts for the readers. Then we shall move to the writing process and explain how orality can find a place in this process, how it can be linked to creativity, and how it affects the way we plan the writing process. An oral way of writing is related to an important feature of speaking, namely fluency; but it also means a specific receiver orientation, dynamic rather than static and social rather than individual. Computer mediated communication could influence a more oral approach to written texts.
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Literacy, Creativity, Writing Instruction, Communication Strategies, Discourse Analysis, Speech Communication, Expressive Language, Language Fluency, Receptive Language, Writing Improvement, Writing Strategies, Writing Processes, Writing (Composition)
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