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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 3 • Date Sept. 2003

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  • Introduction to the special issue [English language training for nonnative speakers of English in science or engineering]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):153 - 156
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  • Beyond borders: Web globalization strategies [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):241 - 243
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  • Exploding steamboats, senate debates, and technical reports: The convergence of technology, politics, and rhetoric in the steamboat bill of 1838 [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):244 - 245
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  • Type and typography [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):246 - 247
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  • Web-based training [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):248 - 250
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  • The tech writer's survival guide: A comprehensive handbook for aspiring technical writers [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):251 - 253
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  • The science of conversation: training in dialogue for NNS in engineering

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):157 - 167
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    A survey of 1000 undergraduate engineering students clearly revealed students' desire for two types of training in oral communication: training in presentation skills and in the skills of professional conversation. This article briefly describes the survey's design and results, and identifies the lack of conversational training for nonnative English speakers (NNS) as a previously unnoticed weaknes... View full abstract»

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  • Case study on the development of a computer-based support tool for assisting Japanese software engineers with their English writing needs

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):194 - 209
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    This paper describes a five-year research project aimed at developing a corpus-based language support tool able to respond to the English writing needs of Japanese software engineers who do not speak English natively. Our research was based on recent developments in corpus and text linguistics. Since foreign readers often complain that English text produced by Japanese authors is difficult to unde... View full abstract»

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  • Communicating in the intercultural classroom

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):231 - 235
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    Different cultures misunderstand each other because they have varying views on basic human problems that each society must solve in order to continue as a coherent whole: their relation to authority, the relationship of individuals to society and between genders, and their ways of resolving conflict, including controlling aggression and expressing feelings. The paper considers one example of how a... View full abstract»

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  • Imitation, copying, and the use of models: report writing in an introductory physics course

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):168 - 184
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    The article focuses on the use and misuse of models-both appropriate and inappropriate-in the report-writing practices of first year physics students, especially those from non-English speaking backgrounds. It analyzes the students' propensity to use any available text on a given topic as a source of model sentences. Examples of "copying" are provided and analyzed. It is argued that many forms of ... View full abstract»

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  • A project-based approach to teaching research writing to nonnative writers

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):210 - 220
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    It is commonly accepted that writing instruction should meet the specific needs of writers and that students in scientific and technical fields benefit more by learning to write to match the requirements of their specific fields. A variety of models for writing classes have been proposed to meet these needs, from genre-based approaches to courses targeting specific disciplines to general courses s... View full abstract»

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  • Making contact in international virtual offices: an application of symbolic interactionism to online workplace discourse

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):236 - 240
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    The online work environment brings with it factors that can create problems in crosscultural interactions. Technical communicators, therefore, need to understand how cultural communication expectations can affect discourse in IVOs. This article overviews one area-contact-in which cultural differences could cause online communication problems. The article also uses the theory of symbolic interactio... View full abstract»

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  • Mover: a machine learning tool to assist in the reading and writing of technical papers

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):185 - 193
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    When faced with the tasks of reading and writing a complex technical paper, many nonnative scientists and engineers who have a solid background in English grammar and vocabulary lack an adequate knowledge of commonly used structural patterns at the discourse level. In this paper, we propose a novel computer software tool that can assist these people in the understanding and construction of technic... View full abstract»

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  • Case-based simulations in the EST classroom

    Publication Year: 2003, Page(s):221 - 230
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    This tutorial is an outgrowth of a classroom-based simulation project and should act as a general outline for using simulations in English for Science and Technology classrooms. The simulation was created based on an actual court case involving two software companies; however, the case was altered significantly to meet the needs of the students. Twenty-six Japanese students studying computer scien... View full abstract»

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The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to applied research on professional communication--including but not limited to technical and business communication. It has been published since 1957 by the Professional Communication Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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George F. Hayhoe
Mercer University School of Eng.