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The subject aims to improve students’ ability to edit their written texts in order to produce grammatically accurate and stylistically appropriate texts for professional purposes. The subject begins with a review of the most frequent errors in the writing of students who speak English as a Second Language, including errors in morphology, syntax, cohesion, and punctuation, and then considers the impact that such errors may have on meaning. In the second half of the subject, students engage in linguistic analysis of a range of work-place texts (e.g. short reports, media releases). The aim of this analysis is to identify the most salient grammatical and stylistic features that contribute to the clarity of the texts. Throughout the subject students will engage in identifying areas of concern in their writing (annotation), self and peer editing exercises, keeping logs of their progress, and using available online grammar resources.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject students should have:
- developed the ability to self edit for accuracy and style;
- developed a greater awareness of salient grammatical structures in professional writing for a specific purpose; and
- sharpened their literacy skills to improve the scope of employment options and professional advancement.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed enhanced problem solving skills;
- have sharpened their analytical skills;
- have further developed their written and spoken skills; and
- have improved their ability to function in the workplace.
Last updated: 18 December 2020