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Web-based writing materials that promote non-native accounting students' autonomous learning

Slutsky, J and Sardegna, Veronica (2010) Web-based writing materials that promote non-native accounting students' autonomous learning. In: ABC Annual International Conference, 27 October 2010 - 30 October 2010, Chicago, IL.

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In the 1990s, accounting firms and educators began to voice concerns about the inadequacy of undergraduate accounting students’ communication skills. Both factions agreed that accountants entering the workforce must possess adequate communication skills; therefore, they reasoned that accounting degree programs should teach these skills. The fast-increasing international population in U.S. business schools further complicated the job of business educators who were trying to integrate communication skills into their programs. This paper details the collaborative development of a web-based business writing handbook designed to address the specific needs of international business students. The handbook raises students’ awareness of common ESL business writing errors and gives them strategies for finding and correcting those errors. Specifically, the paper documents why and how the online handbook was developed and then converted into a book, provides examples of materials included in the handbook, and argues in favor of using such materials in a skills-integrated curriculum.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Slutsky, J
Sardegna, Veronicasardegna@pitt.eduSARDEGNA0000-0002-8984-1046
Date: 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings from the 75th Annual Convention of the Association for Business Communication
Publisher: ABC Annual International Conference
Place of Publication: Chicago, IL
Page Range: 1 - 15
Event Title: ABC Annual International Conference
Event Dates: 27 October 2010 - 30 October 2010
Event Type: Conference
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Uncontrolled Keywords: business writing, ESL, EFL, writing strategies, web-based materials
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Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2018 14:10
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2018 14:10


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