A Guide for Students in the Multicultural University
Chapter 9: Communication: Writing in the Global Classroom
9. Communication: writing in the global classroom* An essay of 5000 words . . . I asked myself where are all those words going to come from? (Lisa, cited in Lawson et al. 2004) Writing is the key skill you will need to develop to be successful in your study. Like Lisa in the quotation above, you may feel overwhelmed by what you have to write. It’s not always easy in the beginning, especially if you are writing in a second language. However it is important to remember that it is a skill you can and will learn. Learning to write well in your area will be of great value in the workplace, and giving examples of writing tasks that you have completed in another country looks great on your resume. This chapter will be organized around some frequently asked questions about writing at university, and it will present some strategies to help you write successfully. At the end of the chapter there are resources to help you develop your writing, including a complete reflective essay written by an MBA student. WHAT WILL I HAVE TO WRITE? As you can see from the following example questions, there is a broad range of writing tasks that you may be asked to complete. Case analysis: Your team will gather information about an ‘Outstanding’ team . . . You will describe the team and then provide your team’s analysis on why the team is ‘outstanding’ class. Then, you will produce a 4–6 page (double-spaced) report due at the...
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