Technical English Writing, Reading and Speaking

ISBN-10: 0321003527
ISBN-13: 9780321003522
Edition: 8th 2001 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $165.20
Edition: 8th
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/8/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 736
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.926
Language: English

As the field of Technical Writing has evolved, so has the eighth edition of Technical English. Known for its direct, no-nonsense writing style, plentiful and varied examples, and step-by-step instruction,Technical English leads students through the many facets of technical communication. The Eighth Edition retains much of the vision of the previous editionsit encompasses written, oral, and visual communicationbut also reflects current practices in the field of technical writing. With continued emphasis on workplace communication, the focus remains on the entire writing process from planning through revision. Technical English emphasizes efficiency in the search for and evaluating information, designing and preparing graphics and other visuals, and choosing appropriate communication technology and media. In addition, the eighth edition suggests guidelines for research, employment, and grammatical usage.

Preface
Ancillaries
Introduction
Getting Started with Technical Communication
Technical Communication: What Is It?
Introduction
What Is Technical Communication?
Technical Communication and Audience
Workplace Communication and Academic Writing
Communication on the Job
The Technical Communicator's Responsibilities
General Principles for Technical Communication
Chapter Summary: Technical Communication
Activities
Defining Workplace Readers: Who Are They?
Introduction
Readers and Expertise
Primary and Secondary Audiences
Understanding the Reader's Context
Motivating Readers
Diversity and the Workplace Audience
General Principles for Defining Workplace Readers
Chapter Summary: Defining Workplace Readers
Activities
The Technical Communicator's Tools
The Technical Communicator's Tools: Clear Language
Introduction
What Is Style?
Specific and General Words
Sexist Language
Tone, Tact, and Bias
Effective Sentence Patterns
General Principles for Clear Language
Chapter Summary: Clear Language
Activities
The Technical Communicator's Tools: Information Design
Introduction
What Is Information Design?
How People Read Documents
Designing Documents for Your Readers' Needs
Design Strategies for Pages
Design Strategies for Computer Screens
Guidelines for Information Design
General Principles for Information Design
Chapter Summary: Information Design
Activities
The Technical Communicator's Tools: Visuals
Introduction
What Are Visuals?
When to Use Visuals
The Visual Communicator's Responsibilities
Using Visuals Effectively
Using Software to Create Visuals
Developing and Using Different Types of Visuals
General Principles for Visuals
Chapter Summary: Visuals
Activities
The Technical Communicator's Tools: Technology
Introduction
What Are Communication Technologies?
Technical Tools for Communicators
Technology That Delivers Communication
Guidelines for Selecting Communication Tools and Media
General Principles for Communication Technologies
Chapter Summary: Technology
Activities
The Technical Writing Process
The Technical Writing Process: Planning and Drafting
Introduction
Getting Started
The Project Plan Sheet: Defining the Problem
Organizing the Project
Introduction, Body, and Closing
Methods of Development: Patterns of Organization
Writing the Rough Draft
General Principles for Planning and Drafting
Chapter Summary: Planning and Drafting
Activities
The Technical Writing Process: Reviewing and Revising
Introduction
What Is Reviewing?
Reviewing for Global Issues
Reviewing for Consistency
Strategies for Peer Review
Strategies for Reviewing Your Own Draft
What Is Revision?
Testing for Success
General Principles for Reviewing and Revising
Chapter Summary: Reviewing and Revising
Activities
Situations and Strategies for Technical Communication
Procedure: Explanation Showing How
Introduction
What Is a Procedure Explanation?
Audiences and Uses for Procedure Explanation
The Author's Responsibilities
Graphics and Other Visuals for Procedure Explanations
Information Design
Procedure Explanations of How to Do Something (Instructions)
General Principles for Instructions
Procedure Explanations of How Something Is Done or How It Happens (Process)
General Principles for Explaining a Process
Chapter Summary: Procedure
Activities
Description: Using Details
Introduction
What Is Description?
Audiences and Uses for Description
Descriptions of Representative Models and Specific Models
The Author's Responsibilities
Accurate and Appropriate Terminology
Graphics and Other Visuals in Description
Mechanism Description
General Principles for Description
Chapter Summary: Description
Activities
Definition: Explaining What Something Is
Introduction
What Is Definition?
When to Define a Term
Where to Place a Definition
Adapting Definition to Audience and Purpose
The Author's Responsibilities
Incorporating Graphics and Other Visuals in Definition
Three Approaches to Definition: Informal, Formal, and Extended Definition
General Principles for Definition
Chapter Summary: Definition
Activities
Summaries: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Introduction
What Is a Summary?
Qualities of a Useful Summary
Types of Summaries
What Type of Summary Should You Write?
Writing and Revising a Summary
General Principles for Summaries
Chapter Summary: Summaries
Activities
Reports: Shaping Information
Introduction
Multipurpose Reports
What Is a Report?
Workplace Uses of Reports
Qualities of Report Content
The Author's Responsibilities
Formats for Reports
Design Options in Reports
Use of Graphics and Other Visuals
Types of Reports
General Principles for Reports
Chapter Summary: Reports
Activities
Proposals: Using Facts to Make a Case
Introduction
What Is a Proposal?
Types of Proposals
Qualities of Effective Proposals
Main Parts of a Proposal
Planning and Writing a Proposal
General Principles for Proposals
Chapter Summary: Proposals
Activities
Correspondence: Sending and Responding to Messages
Introduction
What Is Correspondence?
Reader-Centered Emphasis
Audience Considerations
The Author's Responsibilities
Media for Electronic Correspondence
Choice of Correspondence Medium: Memorandum (Memo) and Letter
Types of Letters
General Principles for Correspondence
Chapter Summary: Correspondence
Activities
Oral Communication
Oral Communication: Saying It Simply
Introduction
What Is Oral Communication?
Speaking and Writing
Informal, Quasiformal, and Formal Presentations
The Speaker's Responsibilities
Coping with Nervousness
Purposes of Oral Presentations
Preparing an Oral Presentation
Student Example: Oral Presentation
Delivering an Oral Presentation
Example: A Speech by a Company Executive
Developing and Scripting Visuals
Preparing and Showing Visuals
Evaluating Oral Presentations
General Principles for Oral Communication
Chapter Summary: Oral Communication
Activities
Reference Sections: The Technical Communicator's Guide to Research
Introduction
The Research Process
Introduction
When Do Communicators Need Research?
Defining Research Questions
Working with Librarians
Beginning the Search: Early Steps
Recording and Tracing Your Steps
Using the Library Book Catalog
Searching: Additional Resources
Interviewing a Source
Previewing Sources: Using Abstracts and Skimming
Taking Notes
Evaluating Sources
Concluding Your Research
General Principles for the Research Process
Chapter Summary: The Research Process
Guides to Information Sources
Introduction
Using the Library
Guides to Information: Indexes
Online Computer Searching
Reference Works
Publicly Available Print Materials
Chapter Summary: Guides to Information Sources
Documentation
Introduction
What and Why Must You Document?
Types of Documentation Systems
Style Guides
Parenthetical Documentation: MLA and APA
Works Cited and Reference Lists
Chapter Summary: Documentation
Student Research Report
Introduction
The Assignment
Research Report Project Plan Sheet
Progress Report
Final Project
Student Interview
Activities
The Search for Employment
What Is an Employment Search?
Self-Assessment and Career Goals
Finding Job Leads
Applying for a Job
The Job Interview
Activities
The Search for Standard English Usage
Standard English Writing Conventions
Introduction
Abbreviations
Capitalization
Numbers
Plurals of Nouns
Punctuation
Spelling
Symbols
Common Problems in Using Standard English
Introduction
Adjectives
Adverbs
Comma Splice
Conjunctions
Parallelism in Sentences
Placement of Modifiers
Preposition at End of Sentence
Pronouns
Pronoun and Antecedent Agreement
Run-On, or Fused, Sentence
Sentence Fragments
Sexist Language
Shift in Sentence Focus
Shift in Person, Number, and Gender
Subject and Verb Agreement
Verbs
Words Often Confused and Misused
Credits
Index

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