Let's face it, a lot of technical documentation reads as if it had been translated into English from Venutian by a native speaker of gibberish. Which is annoying for you and expensive for the manufacturer who pays with alienated customers and soaring technical support costs. That's why good technical writers are in such big demand worldwide. Now, Technical Writing For Dummies arms you with the skills you need to cash in on that demand. Whether you're contemplating a career as a technical writer, or you just got tapped for a technical writing project, this friendly guide is your ticket to getting your tech writing skills up to snuff.
In Ethiopia, English has been taught over five decades as a lesson and as a medium of instruction in schools and higher institutions.Since it is an international language with many users,it is mandatory to train students in order to make their transition from "student" to "worker" smooth and with a great deal of communication skills. Students in Bahir Dar University-Engineering Schools are taking the course Technical Report Writing as an ESP course, Which is believed that it plays a great role in developing their communication skill;especially through writing different types of report and research proposals. Therefore, this study assesses how students perceive the delivery of the course and discusses the gaps that are identified through the process.
English has often been referred as a global language. It has become a necessity in higher education especially in technical and scientific education to ensure quality in technical writing and in communication skills. Not only to pursue higher studies but also for getting coveted jobs must one know the good English. Need of the hour is to bring out something which can help in this regard. This book is a humble effort to achieve the above objective especially designed for the post graduate students of Agriculture,Veterinary and other professional courses. I am grateful to Dr. Aparna, Course Coordinator on Refresher Training Course on Communication Skills and Technical Writing held at CCS HAU and to Dr. A. K. Bhatnagar for the enthusiasm they created in me. I am very much thankful to the authors of all publications cited in reference which form the base of this book. I took some of the example from these publications since the quality is very high.I am obliged to Mr. P. B. Biju for scrutinizing the work.I hope that this work will be very much helpful for the professional students in building their career. This help Universities where a separate English languag study is not present.
This book focuses on training engineering students in technical writing skills with the help of Google Drive and Blog. A task-based module was designed with the syllabus of Technical English textbook to train the participants in technical writing skills. The training provided exposure to peer responding, editing, revising and publishing documents. The data was collected from the students’ written assignments, questionnaires, results of pre-test, continuous assessment tests and post-test.Error analysis was done after the pre-test, three continuous assessment tests and the post-test.It was observed that the errors committed by the sample in the pre-test reduced considerably in the posttest.Descriptive statistics and test of significance was employed to interpret the pre-test and the post-test scores.The most significant findings were that, the tasks designed for training, helped students show considerable improvement in technical writing. It was evident that Google Drive and Blog created numerous opportunities for students to work on the process of writing.
This book is a teacher in itself, intended to guide students of tertiary institutions including researchers on one easy way to write papers for submission to a journal. The language used is kept as simple as possible for easy understanding. The book gave a general background to writing scientific research papers, what to consider before starting to write a scientific paper, how to attract other readers to your work and it enables the reader to know the qualities the editors and referees will be looking for in a paper as part of its consideration for publication. It takes each of the main parts of a research paper and looks at what usually goes into them with practical examples. Writing research papers is too wide a field to be able to cover every aspect in one small book. Other books deal in greater detail with other areas of scientific writing especially its technical details. It is not meant to be complete but as a basic introduction. I hope that the book will assist many scientists as they undertake the difficult task of writing their papers for submission to International Scientific Journals. I am delighted to publish this book and make it available to the developing world.
Written out of the author’s awareness of the problems many students and young researchers encounter when writing their research papers, this book is a simplified presentation of the fundamentals of research. Its technically simple style is aimed at making the book accessible to people of all academic persuasions. Most research studies or projects begin with a written proposal. For this reason, the book starts with a section on how to write a good standard research proposal. In the second section, the book discusses in detail the way in which a research project, dissertation or thesis must be outlined once the research proposal has been accepted. Chapter three looks specifically at a journal paper/article as another very important type of research paper. It gives a brief survey of important points to bear in mind when writing a journal article as well as the structure such a paper is expected to follow. Chapter four is a brief presentation of some of the methods of citation and reference styles commonly used in research.
Technical learners have to be adequately equipped with communication skills, especially the writing skills. So they should be trained to communicate their ideas effectively in writing. In order that they develop the ability to communicate,they should be provided opportunities for interpreting, interacting and conveying the messages. These opportunities can be provided in the form of well designed tasks. Tasks for eliciting information, expressing opinions, exchanging information will engage them in meaningful interactions. These tasks give them practice in the use of language to enable them to meet the demands of their target situation. The multilevel language abilities of learners facilitate more of interaction between them during small group work and negotiation of meaning and build up peer relations. The group work they carry out in performing these types of tasks affords them practice in collaborative work which they have to do later on during their real-life activities. Their socio-linguistic competence also gets developed. Thus an ESP teacher can develop the writing skills of the technical learners by devising graded tasks.