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 editions—it encompasses written, oral, and visual communication—but 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.
- NEW - <F75BS>NEW! Organization The new five-part organization reflects current classroom practices for technical writing. Full sections on the tools of technical writing, the technical writing process, workplace documents, and oral presentations are included. The eighth edition now covers all key content areas with eleven new chapters and full chapters on: Defining technical communication (Ch. 1) The workplace audience (Ch. 2) Developing a clear, direct communication style (Ch. 3) Information design (Ch. 4) Graphics as a means to support and clarify information (Ch. 5) Technology (Ch. 6) The technical writing process including planning and drafting (Ch.7) and reviewing and revising (Ch. 8) Ch. 14 on proposals is one of eight chapters on workplace documents. “The Technical Communicator's Guide to Research” covers finding and evaluating electronic sources and using specific reference tools and documentation formats. Pg.___
- Variety of activitiesThe activities in the eighth edition prompt class discussion, interaction, performance, global thought- both collectively and collaboratively- and are integrated throughout the text. The ends of chapter activities include collaborative activities, readings with questions, and a new case study with questions. Examples of student projects are illustrated, step-by-step, with a complete plan sheet and final project. Pg.___
- Updated plan sheets A well-loved feature of the previous edition, these plan sheets guide students through a step-by-step process of planning, drafting, and revising all kinds of workplace communication projects. Pg.___
- Examples from diverse fields of study and the workplace Instead of overwhelming students with professional examples, Chapters10-17 include examples written by students. Pg.___
- Pedagogy/design Each chapter includes a chapter table of contents, marginal notes, and chapter goals. Each chapter ends with: NEW! A summary of chapter content A list of General Principles Individual and collaborative activities A reading New: A case study Pg.___
- New co-author Katherine Staples is well known in the profession, has industry experience, and knows the students for which the book is written. The eighth edition offers her knowledge of technical writing today while maintaining the strengths and voice of Nell Ann Pickett and Ann Laster. Pg.___
- Emphasis on ethical responsibilities of the author and audience Individual chapters include sections on the writer's responsibility to the audience (Best examples: Ch. 7 and 10-16). Case students and reading sat the ends of chapters help students explore and apply major concepts of ethical behavior. Questions for Discussion often focus on making decisions using logical reasoning, intellectual honesty, unbiased information, and sensitivity to cultural diversity. Pg.___
- Cultural and linguistic diversity Ch. 2 covers the changes in demographics and the geography of the workplace. Pg.___
Table of Contents
I. GETTING STARED WITH TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS. 1. Technical Communication: What Is It? 2. Defining Workplace readers: Who Are They?
II. THE TECHNICAL COMMUNICATOR'S TOOL. 3. The Technical Communicator's Tools: Clear Language. 4. The Technical Communicator's Tools: Informative Design. 5. The Technical Communicator's Tools: Visuals. 6. The Technical Communicator's Tools: Technology.
III. THE TECHNICAL WRITING PROCESS. 7. The Technical Writing Process: Planning and Drafting. 8. The Technical Writing Process: Reviewing and Revising.
IV. SITUATIONS AND STRATEGIES FOR TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION. 9. Procedure Explanations: Showing How. 10. Description: Using Detail. 11. Definition: Explaining What Something Is. 12. Summaries: Getting to the Heart of the Matter. 13. Reports: Shaping Information. 14. Proposals: Using Facts to Make a Case. 15. Correspondence: Sending and Responding to Messages.
V. ORAL COMMUNICATION. 16. Oral Communication: Saying It Simply.
THE TECHNICAL COMMUNICATOR'S GUIDE TO RESEARCH. Appendix 1: Tne Search for Employment. Appendix 2: The Search for Standard English Usage. Credits. Index.