Thursday, April 21, 2011

Exploring Writing in the Professions

Question: How can community college writing teachers help their students explore writing needs in their probable professions?

Answer/Quote:  “…allow students opportunities to explore writing in their professions.” 263.

“For the…assignment, students profiled someone in a nursing or health occupation to gain information about topics like work responsibilities, work place environment, benefits, hazards, and career satisfaction. Additionally, students are required to ask about the types of writing used in the profession and the specific writing skills that were valued in the work place. This project would allow students to gather information about their professions through direct contact with a professional from the field.” 265.

Comment: The only problem I can foresee in projects of this nature is melding the traditional writing course with the information gained about writing in the work place. That’s not really a problem. It’s simply a challenge, giving the writing course relevance for the students. RayS.

Title: “Preparing for Meaningful Involvement in Learning Community Work in the Composition Classroom.” Heather Camp and Teresa Bolstad. Teaching English in the Two-Year College (March 2011), 259-270.

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