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Course Information
Course Title: (CANCELED) Essential Writing Tools for the English as a Second Language (ESL) Scientific Writer
Categories: 1 - Management/Professional Development
2 - Technical Writing
Instructor(s): Rick Parmely Course Number: 134
Affiliation: Polished and Professional
Course Date: 03/07/2017 - Tuesday Course Length: 2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Course Date 2: 03/08/2017 - Wednesday    
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $1100 ($1500 after 2/18/17) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
This two-day short course will address in detail the four stages of a writing project: (1) Planning (2) Writing (3) Revising and (4) Editing, with emphasis on the challenges each stage presents to the non-native scientific professional. With detailed instruction and in-class exercises, students will learn how to create the one outline that greatly simplifies any project; how style and tone are determined; essentials of sentence composition and organization; and keys to paragraph development. Grammar and usage instruction will include the challenges involved with subject/verb agreement; proper use of definite and indefinite articles, pronouns, prepositions, punctuation; and commonly confused word pairs. Additionally, instruction on how to use illustrations and ways to develop vocabulary-building skills will be presented. Brief homework will be assigned and used for classroom instruction on the second day. A textbook provided is essential for full benefit of the course instruction and will be distributed on the first day.

Target Audience
Technical and administrative professional who find English writing and speaking a challenge. This workshop will address needs of the ESL professional who attends.

Course Outline
Introductory Comments for ESL Professionals

* Planning and outline development
* Writing for Style and Tone
* Revision - Traps ESL professional need to avoid
* Editing for polish

Homework discussions will present opportunities to practice concepts presented.

Course Instructor's Biography
After teaching undergraduate chemistry at West Point and Juniata College, Rick joined Restek in 1997 and, until recently, directed their technical education program. He taught chemistry and separation science theory through the Restek Learning Network (RLN), and coached other Restek instructors in public speaking. With 30-plus years of teaching experience, Rick has taught science and communications courses to widely diverse audiences, including NATO officials, technicians at the U.N. Pesticides Laboratory in Austria, and scientists at the University of Nairobi as well as flavor scientists in Shanghai, China. A background in lab management of undergraduates in gas storage and transport research has provided him significant insight into mentoring and managing multiple priorities in a high-paced environment.