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Bokor, Michael Jarvis Kwadzo – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2011
This article explores how the English language contributes to cross-boundary communication failure and establishes that there is an "English language problem" that has not been adequately addressed in preparing United States native English-speaking students for international technical communication tasks. For example, U.S. technical communication…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Audience Analysis, Computer Software, Guides
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Dinolfo, John; Heifferon, Barbara; Temesvari, Lesly A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
This pilot study obtained baseline information on verbal and visual rhetorics to teach microscopy techniques to college biology majors. We presented cell images to students in cell biology and biology writing classes and then asked them to identify textual, verbal, and visual cues that support microscopy learning. Survey responses suggest that…
Descriptors: Cues, Rhetoric, Cytology, Biology
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Van Woerkum, C. M. J. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 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.…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Literacy, Creativity, Writing Instruction
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Hirst, Russel – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2003
Scientific and technical jargon--specialized vocabulary, usually Latinate--plays a vital role in scientific and technical communication. But its proper use continues to be a point of discussion because of our concern with audience adaptation, rhetorical exigence, rhetorical purpose, and ethics. We've focused on teaching students--and on convincing…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Scientific Research, Definitions, Jargon