Lost Generation of Writers

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Summary: “Are Writing Deficiencies Creating a Lost Generation of Business Writers?”
June 5, 2013

Summary: “Are Writing Deficiencies Creating a Lost Generation of Business Writers?” Employers and educators realize the importance of good writing skills but many business employees have writing deficiencies, costing American businesses billions of dollars every year. According to a study conducted by the National Commission on Writing (NCW) in 2004, American businesses may spend close to $3.1 billion yearly on the remediation of employees’ writing deficiencies. Consequently, employers are dissatisfied with employees writing skills and even more disappointed in the skills of new college graduates. Traditionally, grammar
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Sams (2003) argues that the context approach is flawed because students have no background information on grammar, vocabulary or concepts. According to employers interviewed by the NCW, students writing skills are possibly less effective now than they were 15 to 20 years ago. This drives me to conclude that the context based approach alone is not an effective way to teach grammar and punctuation. Perhaps the modified sentence combining approach as suggested by Quible & Griffin (p.34) will improve students writing skills. For an approach to be effective, it must address teaching grammar in two folds. Firstly, the rules of punctuation and instruction on grammar must be introduced. Once the student has that basic understanding, an approach such as in-context writing, sentence combining, glossing or error labeling can be presented to help students learn to eliminate sentence level errors. It is absolutely imperative for educators to adopt a new direction in order to resolve the current dilemma Employers are facing.
References
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College Board, the National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools, and Colleges (2004, September) Writing: A ticket to work…..or a ticket out: A survey of business leaders.
Dr Ben Kotzee & Dr Roger Johnston (2007). Stringing a Simple Sentence