Simplified Technical English and Clearer Documentation through the Thumbs Up Technique (3/3)

As discussed in the beginning of this first article, Simplified Technical English (STE) is generally considered as being of great importance for writing clear and unambiguous content, mainly for user instructions like maintenance manuals. In this series of three articles, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. will show three steps that will help to apply … [Read more...]

How to Implement Simplified Technical English and Write Clearer Documentation with the Thumbs Up Technique (Part 1/3)

Simplified Technical English (STE) is generally considered as being of great importance for writing clear and unambiguous content, mainly for user instructions like maintenance manuals. However, many technical writers experience specific problems when implementing STE. Although theoretically possible, STE is not an easy language to learn by … [Read more...]

Create Highly Functioning Virtual Teams with the Help of Metacommunication

Most virtual teams are established with nothing more than a goal, a list of team members, and a lot of trial and error.  Miscommunication in these global teams is common and can cost companies millions in lost production.  Not only do companies lose out, but individuals often and needlessly experience frustration, confusion, and loss of … [Read more...]

Should Organizations Adapt their Writing Style in Documents for International Audiences?

International organizations need to communicate with stakeholders with diverse cultural backgrounds. Different cultures have different values, which may have implications for how messages are evaluated across cultures. Different cultural values may lead to different stylistic preferences. Does this mean that organizations need to adjust their … [Read more...]

Lessons from Academia in Developing English Language Skills and Training Programs

  Many engineering schools, both in English speaking and non-English speaking countries, have had to come up with strategies for improving the English language abilities of their students.  Schools in predominantly English speaking countries with increasing non-domestic enrolments have begun to see the importance of language support for … [Read more...]

Bernadette Longo on What Interdisciplinarity Means for Professional Communication

Dr. Bernadette Longo gave the closing keynote at IEEE PCS 2014 conference on Disciplinary Grounding and Interdisciplinary Understanding. We asked her a few questions about the challenges and opportunities this increasing interdiscipinarity presents for professional communication. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptwurDrbX4w Find out more about … [Read more...]