The roots of modern English -- The English language and language change -- Important grammatical concepts and terms -- Sentence structure -- Spelling correctly -- Using punctuation correctly -- Using mechanics correctly -- Writing effective and correct sentences -- Using words effectively and correctly -- Academic writing -- Writing in sciences and technology -- Writing in social sciences -- Writing in the arts and humanities -- Business writing -- Learning English as a second language -- English in the electronic age.
Parts of speech -- Basic phrases -- Sentences and clauses -- Verb forms -- Verbals -- How to find and correct mistakes. Writing complete sentences -- Subject-verb agreement -- Pronoun problems -- Verb problems -- Modification -- Commas -- Apostrophes -- Semicolons and colons -- Quotation marks -- Capitalization -- Parallelism -- Grammar etiquette for digital communication
Intro to the parts of speech -- More about verbs, prepositions, and pronouns -- Punctuation : end marks and commas -- More about punctuation -- Capitalization -- Building better sentences -- Punctuation builds sentences -- Style and clarity -- Proven techniques to improve spelling -- Correct word usage
Clean up preposition clutter -- Spice up your writing -- Silence the passive voice -- Reduce nominalizations and activate your writing -- Smooth out your writing -- Harness the power of the comma -- Add rhythm to your writing -- Gremlins in your writing -- Create a template for your term paper.
Principles: Transaction -- Simplicity -- Clutter -- Style -- Audience -- Words -- Usage -- Methods: Unity -- Lead and the ending -- Bits & pieces -- Forms: Nonfiction as literature -- Writing about people: Interview -- Writing about places: Travel article -- Writing about yourself: Memoir -- Science and technology -- Business writing: Writing in your job -- Sports -- Writing about the arts: Critics and columnists -- Humor -- Attitudes: Sound of your voice -- Enjoyment, fear and confidence -- Tyranny of the final product -- Writer's decisions --Writing family history and memoir.
Elementary rules of usage -- Elementary principles of composition -- A few matters of form -- Words and expressions commonly misused -- An approach to style (with a list of reminders) -- Spelling (from the 1st ed.).
Keep sentences short, varied and to one main idea -- Avoid pretensions, gobbledygook, and euphemisms -- Change long and difficult words to short and simple words -- Be wary of jargon, fad, and cliché -- Use the right word -- Avoid beginning with long dependent phrases -- Prefer active verbs and the active voice -- Cut wordiness -- Avoid vague qualifiers -- Prune prepositions -- Limit number and symbol -- Get right to the point. And stay there -- Archetype, character, and plot -- A literary analysis of a 'real-life' story -- Don't say everything. At least don't say it right now -- Let the readers do some work -- Quick, get the camera -- Masters of metaphor -- Let sound echo sense -- Write fast, edit slow -- Speedbumps -- Logic and speedy reading -- A brief (but not necessarily easy) quiz -- Dispelling the myths -- Style guide.
Content: So, what's a technical writer? -- The technical writing process -- Very necessary evils : doc plans and outlines -- The tech writer's toolbox -- Getting information -- Finally, it's time to start writing -- Writing task-oriented information -- Visual communication -- The importance of being edited
Process in technical communication -- McDuff, Inc.: ethics and globalism in the workplace -- Organizing information -- Page design -- Patterns of organization -- Process descriptions and instructions -- Letters, memos, and electronic communication -- Informal reports -- Formal reports -- Proposals and feasibility studies -- Web pages and writing for the web -- Graphics -- Oral communication -- Technical research -- The job search -- Style in technical writing.
The lay of the land. College resources ; Campus activities ; Campus safety -- Your academic life. Academic planning ; Developing relationships ; Learning styles ; Memory skills and multitasking ; Communication, note taking & study skills ; Academic integrity ; Exams ; Grades -- You, the college student. Keys to success ; Time management ; Healthy living -- Living on your own. Social media and you ; Where to live ; Roommates ; Homesickness ; Health insurance -- Your money. Paying for college ; Budgeting made easy ; Banking ; Your credit ; Credit cards and debt management -- Your career. Vital skills ; Educational employment.