Aside from the fact that this section of ENG 1205 is an online class, what
should you know about this course? What kind of class is it? Who
takes it? Why is it important? I'll try to answer those questions on
IS ENG 1205?
(Written Communication Skills for Business,
Industry, and Technology) is designed to prepare students to write the types of
documents common in business, industry, and technology—things like letters,
memos, reports, descriptions, summaries, resumes, and application letters.
This course also focuses on the types of activities
that accompany good writing, such as critical thinking skills, problem-solving
skills, and collaborative skills. In
addition, the course provides opportunities for students to utilize various
technologies being used today in written communication—for example, word-processing
software, e-mail, and the World Wide Web.
TAKES ENG 1205?
Students who enroll in this course come from a variety
of majors and areas of study.
of these areas include business, marketing, accounting, computer networking,
computer-aided design, computer information systems, electronics, child care, and
on and on. Some students come from
jobs they already have in business and industry and simply want to hone their writing skills to enhance
their performance on the job. Others
simply may want to communicate more effectively with friends, family,
businesses, and others.
TAKE ENG 1205?
Now, having told you what ENG 1205 is
and who takes it, I’m realistic enough to
know that many students take ENG 1205, as they do many writing classes,
because it’s a requirement for their degrees.
Amazing as it is, many people don’t like to write!
(You can tell you’re dealing with an English teacher here, can’t
you?) How many of you like
to write? Anyone?
some of you
probably do like to write. For
some of us, writing is a great way to express ourselves and we find it a rewarding,
even enjoyable experience.
As for the rest of you, even if you only
tolerate or even dislike writing, I’m still looking forward to working with you in this class.
I'm not teaching this class because I have some grand illusion of turning
all of you into English majors, novelists, poets, or even people who necessarily
love to write. I'm teaching this class
because I strongly believe that solid writing skills give you a distinct
advantage in life, both personally and professionally.
In short, if you can write well, whether you particularly enjoy it or
not, you most likely will have opportunities that those without solid writing
skills will not have—better grades in school, a more effective resume and
application letter, better communication with colleagues, a greater chance of
promotion on the job, and even more earning power.
Take a look at the
quotations below from reports published by the
National Commission on Writing (NCW):
than 90 percent of midcareer professionals recently cited the ‘need
to write effectively’ as a skill ‘of great importance’ in their
day-to-day work“ (NCW,
Writing and School Reform,
quotations and studies speak to the importance of
writing to success in the workplace.
In light of that
connection, ENG 1205 is, above all, a practical course that teaches
a marketable skill that can make a significant
difference in your professional life. Solid
writing skills enable you to promote yourself and your ideas more effectively, to complete a
greater variety of tasks and assignments, and, in general, to influence those
around you through your communication skills. It's these kinds of advantages
that can lead to profitable employment, promotion, and, in
turn, to earning more money.
So, get your money’s worth out of this class and take
advantage of all that good writing skills can do for you.
It really is a potentially valuable class and I hope that what you learn
in it enriches your professional and personal life.