The Art of Workplace English "is a book whose time has come." - The
By the year 2000, more than 70 percent of the jobs in this
country will require no more than a high school degree. But they
will also demand a higher level of skill directly applicable to the
workplace. The problem is that few teachers are familiar with the
genres of workplace literature or with the audience and contexts in
which they are used. This book provides a much-needed solution.
"The Art of Workplace English" blends theory and practice to
present a picture of how workplace English can be integrated within
a traditional English curriculum to create a lively, challenging,
and satisfying experience for both teachers and students. Readers
will discover how to teach the literacy skills students need in the
workplace and learn more about the relationship between these
skills and those of traditional literary and composition studies.
Boiarksy looks at the kinds of jobs students will be expected to
hold and demonstrates how communication skills are applied in these
Rather than replacing the present English curriculum, "The Art
of Workplace English" recommends expanding it. According to the
author, students should learn to read and write not only short
stories, poems, and plays, but also proposals, position papers, and
patent applications. They should learn to read, understand,
interpret, and evaluate information in an occupational field as
well as communicate information about the field. While students
must still learn to write persuasively, develop a coherent text,
and meet usage and mechanical standards, this book can help you
show them how the grammar they're learning, the literature
they'rereading, and the papers they're writing relate to the real
While grounding the discussion in a theoretical framework, "The
Art of Workplace English" is above all a practical resource,
providing a wealth of suggestions for classroom activities,
lessons, and assignments as well as suggestions for developing a
curriculum relevant to the particular needs and resources of a
community and industry.
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