Communicating as a Professional:
ENF 2 & 3 Reading/Writing Assignment

Mr. Dollieslager, Fall 2013

3. How can I communicate professionally?

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Resources for the assignment:

Introduction: There will be several phases for each of our assignments this semester because all are designed to have both reading and writing outcomes, so you will be evaluated for learning both the reading and the writing objectives of each assignment. Therefore, it will always be essential that you read and follow the instructions for each assignment, step-by-step. For this assignment, you will (1) preview the vocabulary for two short articles about grammar in the workplace, (2) read the articles looking for specific information, and (3) write a short paragraph using information from them.

Open the attached .rtf file in your word processor. If it does not open, I have posted the assignment instructions from that .rtf file at the bottom of this page so that you can copy and paste them into your own word processing file. Make sure that you always save your documents in a format that will open on campus: some version of M.S. Word or else in Rich Text Format, which is abbreviated .rtf as its extension.

Phase One, Vocabulary Building: There are twelve vocabulary words or phrases to preview. I said in class that all learning is based on prior knowledge, so I want you to link these two articles to what you already know about the subject matter. Therefore,

Phase Two, Reading Critically by Marking the Text: You should print out both articles so that you can mark them with a highlighter, or else copy and paste them into an M.S. Word document so that you can highlight certain sentences. As you read the articles, define the vocabulary terms per the instructions above, and additionally, highlight the sentences in each article which you think give the most compelling reasons why using proper grammar is important for professionals. You will be writing about that topic, so mark those examples while you read.

Phase Three, Writing about the Readings: In this assignment, we will practice paraphrasing, which means to restate the original material in your own words. This is a method for avoiding plagiarism so it is an important research-writing skill, and it is very easy to do. Once you have read and marked the articles for the best professional reasons to know and use good grammar, reread your highlighted sentences, and then close your sources. If you write the following assignment from memory, you will not run the risk of plagiarism.

Phase Four, Documenting the Paragraph: When I return the paragraphs, we will add the citation information.

The articles: Click the links below to go to the articles.


Worksheet: Previewing and Critically Reading about the Importance of Good Grammar

Assignment Instructions:

Vocabulary Preview & Review

1. vernacular

2. sticklers

3. rampant

4. evolve

5. static

6. fixation

7. eloquence

8. discrimination

9. zero tolerance approach

10. extenuating circumstances

11. credibility

12. aesthetic

Summarizing Without Plagiarizing

After reading the article by Susan Adams, close that source and, from memory, list the most important reasons that she states for knowing and using good grammar in the professional workplace:

 

 

 

 

After reading the article by Kyle Weins, close that source and, from memory, list the most important reasons that he states for knowing and using good grammar in the professional workplace:

 

 

 

 

Use your lists above to compose a Power Paragraph in the space below, giving the six best arguments from the two articles about why good grammar counts at work. Your pattern will be 1-2-2-2-2-2-2.