Course Support Material:

Practical Writing for NEMs (Non-English Majors)

The reading for a given week should be read before you come to class that week (except for the first week of the course). I suggest that you print handouts that include formatting examples and bring to class to use to help you do practice assignments. Double-click on the name of the reading to download.

Assignment instructions will be posted for download after the class when it is assigned. Double-click on the name of the assignment to download.

Learn to change the Justification of your documents in Word – Or Getting a Ragged Right Edge. A step-by-step guide for Chinese versions of MS Word 97-2003, with screen shots.

Use Assignment Formatting, unless the assignment instructions tell you to do something else.

Week

Reading
(Print & Read; bring to class)

Assignment Instructions
(An assignment link will become active after the assignment is assigned in class)

Links
(to related information on the Web)

4

General Practical Writing Tips

Assignment 1: Introduction

Writing Tips

5

Letter Writing Formats

Assignment 2: Letter Writing

Letters

6

Resume Writing Handout

Bring a draft copy of your resume to class in Week 7

Resumes

7

We will continue with Resumes

Assignment 3: Resume

8

Cover Letter Handout
Make sure you have printed and read the Cover Letter handout

Assignment 4: Cover Letter & Revised Resume

Cover Letters

9

Email Handout

Assignment 5: Email

Emails

10

Notices Handout

Assignment 6: Notice

Notices

11

Meeting Minutes

Assignment 7: Minutes

Minutes

12

Memos

Assignment 8: Memo

Memos

13

Business Reports

Assignment 9: Report

Business Reports

14

Improving Your Writing

This is to give you some practice; it is not an assignment
Exercises: Improving Your Writing
Answers: Improving Your Writing

Improving Your Writing

15

You MUST come to this class as the first part of your final assignment needs to be done in class

Final Assignment

Gathering Information

Links to material related to the course: 

General Business Writing Tips:

            Writing Tips – general writing techniques for cover letters, adverts, brochures, sales literature, reports

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Letters

Formal Letter Writing         
Letter Writing Guide – includes many different types of letters with example letters  
Guide to Basic Business Letters
Better Writing – Letter Writing – AskOxford.com

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Resumes

Your Guide to Resume Writing
Machine Readable Resume
12 Common Mistakes in Resume Writing
Top Ten Tips From a Recruiter's Perspective
What Do Employers Really Want? – Top Skills and Values Employers Seek from Job-Seekers
Sample Resumes – for many difference jobs, Accountants, Engineers, International Business, etc.
Creative Professionals: Does Your Resume Reflect Your Design Skills? – Advice for creative professionals regarding resume and design
How to Write an International CV

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Cover Letters

Achievements: How do Employers look at them?
How to Write a Cover Letter – cvTips.com
How to Write Cover Letters – eHow.com
Sample Cover Letter – Entry Level Position
Sample Cover Letter – Email Cover Letter

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Emails (parts of each of these sites were used in the Email lecture)

20 Rules of Writing Effective Business E-Mails    
How to Write a Business Email
Business Email Writing – short
Email Etiquette – includes 32 most important email etiquette tips
10 Tips for writing business emails that say the right thing about you

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Notices

            Constructing a Brochure or Pamphlet – How to construct the leaflet style of notice
            Notice – Introduction and Guidelines
            Notice – Tips on Notice Writing

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Meeting Minutes

How to Write Meeting Minutes – Brief introduction to writing meeting minutes.
How to Write Useful, Accurate Minutes – Why, what, and specific language conventions
Taking Minutes – Before you write the minutes up you’ve got to take the minutes during the meeting

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Memos

Memo Writing – on OWL at Purdue website
How to Write a Memo – Standard conventions for inter-office business correspondence
How to Write Memos – on Gallaudet University website

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Business Reports

Writing Reports – Using the Business report format
How to Write a Business Report – Includes an example report
How to Write a Business Report – Focus on simplifying
How to Organize and Write a Business Report

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Improving Your Writing

Capitalizing Letters – Some capitalization rules for writing English
Capitalization – 17 rules
A Little Help with Capitals – from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Clarity in Writing – 14 tips
Improving Sentence Clarity – from the Purdue University Online Writing Lab
Clarity in Business Writing: Tools and Strategies – Using tools in MSWord to help
200 Common Redundancies – Eliminate needless repetition from your Writing
Cut the Clutter – 10 good small words that can replace many longer words in your writing
5 More Ways to Cut the Clutter – Suggestions to help you write more concisely

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Gathering Information

How to do Write a Good Survey
Writing Effective Survey Questions
Qualities of a Good Question
How to do Research on the Internet – from Monash University, Library Tutorial Online
List of All Recommended Subject Gateways – from Staffordshire University

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