“The biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” — attributed to George Bernard Shaw.
As writing teachers, we help students learn to communicate.
We emphasize the mechanics of writing—grammar, punctuation, spelling and usage. Those are fundamental. The comedian Jim Gaffigan quipped: “Whenever you correct someone’s grammar, just remember nobody likes you.” If that’s the case, so be it. I want my students to master grammar.
But I want students to go beyond the basics. I teach them to write (and think) logically. I teach them to present documents in a professional and appealing way. I teach them to say something worthwhile in their writing—to be clear, coherent, concise, and correct.
You can’t succeed in the workplace if you can’t write well.
It’s my job to help students become stronger writers so they can succeed in the workplace. To be in demand, you must become a great communicator.
I apply what I have learned in a 40-year career of writing, editing, and teaching to help students become great communicators.
The University of Montana
Defense Language Institute