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Language Units | Grammar & Mechanics Lessons | Genre Units


Language Units (for building judgment about effective language choices)

Word choices for precision and accuracy – Introductory nontechnical level 

Word choice, precision and accuracy in technical information 

Effective sentence structure – simple sentences (one main idea per sentence)

Connecting ideas effectively in sentences – complex sentence structure

Active and passive voice -  how to choose what’s most effective for the context

Sequence of Information through a document (for reports and tech memos – not proposals)

Information sequencing in sentences - Known-new information structure

E-mail – Professional use of e-mail and special language considerations for e-mail

Webcasts to accompany these units are in development. They will be posted as they become available. 
Answer keys available from Susan Conrad, conrads@pdx.edu.

Grammar and Mechanics Lessons  (addressing common errors civil engineering students make)

1.  Sentence structure and punctuation: What's a complete sentence? How is it punctuated?

2.  Verb tense and reporting methods: What verb tense is needed to report data collection and analysis?

4.  Commas:  Where is a comma obligatory?  Where should it be omitted?  Where is it optional?

6.  Semi-colons ( ; ) : What is the correct use of semi-colons?  

 

8.  Using "The" - The Definite Article:  How does the use of "the" differ between notes and formal documents?

 

9.  Apostrophes ('):  When do you need an apostrophe? When should you leave it out?

 

10. Figures and Tables: What makes visuals effective? How should you label them?

Genre Units (describing the typical purpose, content, sequencing, and formatting of common text types)

1.  Field Observation Memoranda (Note: This genre unit is designed especially for first-year course assignments that require students to visit construction sites, engineering firms, etc.). Additional for Genre Unit 1 - Unannotated Excellent Example, Unannotated Weak ExampleAnnotated Excellent ExampleAnnotated Weak Example and FOM Template

2.  Cover Letters and Letters of Transmittal

 

3.  Geotechnical Site Visit Investigation Reports