Writer's Help: A Bedford/St. Martin's Online Handbook
Bernhardt, Stephen A.; Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers
When students turn to popular websites and free and open search engines for writing help, they often find a vast, unvetted pool of results, only some of which are reliable. Evaluating hundreds of search results takes time; out of desperation, students often pick whatever is at the top. In response, Writer’s Help was developed to provide an online resource that understands what students are looking for, gives them trusted content to work with, and lets them return to their writing quickly.
To gain a broad understanding of what students need in a handbook, the authors talked to 1,600 students from across the country to discover what questions they have about writing, how they search for help, and how a handbook can better respond to their needs. Also interviewed were hundreds of instructors to learn what challenges they face when using handbooks and how their students look for help.
Writer’s Help lives online because our students do. It responds to searches by students who may — or may not — know composition terminology. Search results are targeted — grouped into small, smart, useful categories. And students get reliable, class-tested advice from the best-selling Hacker handbooks. Additional help — exercises, glosses, charts, and models — is just a click away. Users who are familiar with Hacker handbooks will recognize the consistent and friendly tone, direct approach, and examples that teach. Writer’s Help delivers proven advice in a format students can relate to.
Whether the class is online or face-to-face, Writer’s Help is built to meet the needs of the classroom, and it can be customized for an even better fit. Instructors and students can annotate content with notes and highlighting. Tagging allows students to search by terms that are relevant to their course and assignments. Instructors can add their own content to Writer’s Help and assign content and exercises to help students prepare for class, practice what they learn, and use Writer’s Help as a reference when they write. For more about how students and teachers are making the most of Writer’s Help, click on “Learn more” at writershelp.com.
Expanding Literacies: English Teaching and the New Workplace
Bernhardt, Stephen A.; Mary Sue Garay, Eds.
Winner of the NCTE Award for Outstanding Collection of Essays on Scientific and Technical Communication, Expanding Literacies presents eighteen fresh essays that explore how English teaching at both secondary and post-secondary levels can be made more work-relevant. The book shows teachers, administrators, and workplace trainers how to put aside disabling dichotomies of school versus work in favor of preparing students with new skills for new workplaces. Within a theoretical context that encourages development of situated uses of language, the volume identifies ways to reshape traditional English classes so that students are prepared to be successful in work environments that demand teamwork, problem solving, and complex communication skills. Some chapters examine the escalating literacy demands of specific workplaces: manufacturing, health care, chemical and nuclear industries, and high-tech settings. Other chapters examine what we currently do in schools and describe new models and theoretical approaches to better equip students for a changing workplace. The book has a wealth of practical ideas for structuring classrooms, making assignments, and choosing materials that will help students make the transition from school to work.
Keywords: English education, high school, college, professional writing, business writing.
Writing at Work: Professional Writing Skills for People on the Job
Bernhardt, Stephen A.; Edward L. Smith
National Textbook Company, a division of McGraw-Hill,
Writing at Work is for people who do or will write while on the job whether the writing be an interoffice memo, e-mail, a status report, a lab report, marketing materials, or a letter to a customer. The philosophy behind Writing at Work is that such writing needn't be stale and unoriginal but can instead be a sophisticated piece of work that positively reflects the competence of its composer to all who read it. Rather than dwell on picky, little "rules" that you must adhere to when writing, Writing at Work focuses on the real rules of grammar and aspects of style that you really need to know in order to write with confidence. Using examples realistically drawn from work settings, Writing at Work presents each topic in a manner that is at once accessible and inviting. Spread throughout the text are exercises that provide you with ample opportunity to write, revise, and correct the kinds of written tasks typically encountered at work. You can immediately gauge your progress by checking your work against the answers listed at the end of each chapter.