Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Donald Freeman


This thesis documents a business writing course taught in an in­company progamme in Japan from September to December 1985. Each student's writing is based upon his own individual working situation and experience. The course emphasizes the importance of having students experience writing as a process and attempts to show how process and product are inter­ related.

The core materials used in the course are mostly based upon actual company correspondence. These and the students' own writing assignments provide the input for the class. The course stresses the necessity for materials to which the students can relate and which reflect their own experiences.

There are three main parts to the thesis. Part I presents an outline of the course, with an explanation of the thinking behind it. Part II features an account of how the course went and what I learned from it. In Part III there is a fresh statement of my views on the teaching of writing, made in the light of my experience as recorded in Part II and referring to some current articles on the topic. The thesis concludes with an appendix containing extracts from the materials developed for the course and the rationale behind them.


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