Writing in abreviated format: now why would anyone want to do that?

Hello Writing Community and Writers

As we gear up for this Saturday’s class, I imagine you might be wondering why I asked you to read a chapter on Quantum Writing from the book Quantum Learning. Throughout our careers we will have to summarize, gather our ideas, synthesize, and collect our diversified thoughts and the abundance of ideas and concepts that we expose ourselves to into an understandable mode of writing so we can share with other people. The amount of information we gather is so vast that we need to collect it in such a format so we can access the knowledge readily when we need it.

When we prepare to write a paper, an essay, a composition, an article, a thesis, or a dissertation, we need to organize our thoughts to produce our ideas logically into understandable formats for other people. So, have a look at these cognitive tools which might change us from being product-oriented into  process-oriented writers. We will be working with them during our next class and after class you might want to have some for your own….well, here they are!

Be thinking about how you would use these cognitive tools in your daily life. We will share next class.

Cultural Dimensions

Cultural Dimensions

Have you ever wondered why it is so difficult to write in English? Watch this video about international students studying in the USA as they talk about their difficulty about writing in English. This article will give you an overall idea of cultural dimensions: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_66.htm

Access the different sections below in the book module to see videos and read short articles about each dimension. As you finish finish learning about each dimension, write notes about how this affects you and your writing. Which dimensions can you relate to in your life? Which are stronger in Mexican culture compared to English-language culture? Are there any similarities?

You will share your observations and notes by talking about them in a Voicethread that you create and uploading it onto the assignments folder.


Hello writers!

Welcome to Just Plain English, a place to share your thoughts, challenge those of other people and develop as a writer.

Then check out this video about plagiarism, not made by me, found it online,available for download on website http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo

Disney Parody explanation of Copyright Law and Fair Use
Synopsis: Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University provides this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of the very folks we can thank for nearly endless copyright terms.
***Description taken from website***
Original Video Found at http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/document…

I’m looking forward to working with you. Ellen

Welcome to the Speaking-Writing Workshop

Hello Writers!
Much more than a writing course, in our class we will be building a writing community, growing as people, renewing our English communication skills and communicating with other people around the world.

Our writing community will have visitors from around the world. Please click around this site…you can’t hurt anything. Make sure you read the blogging guidelines posts in the tabs at the top, the Blogging Guidelines and the course syllabus tabs.


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