With this course, you gain the essential skills of producing technical reports of which you can be proud.
Technical reports often present complex information to non-specialists. Their effectiveness depends as much on the quality of the writer’s ideas as on the accuracy of their information. An effective technical report displays complicated information in ways that make it easy to understand, and – above all – relevant to the reader.
You will learn how to construct coherent arguments and explanations, and how to present information to support them. We shall look at how to offer complex material to support managerial and strategic decision-making. We shall work on how to make language work for us, and how to make reports look as good as they read.
Throughout the course, we shall work directly with participants’ own reports. Working in English as a second or further language will be a reference theme throughout.
You will learn how to:
Method and Approach
This programme is intensely interactive. Participants will apply the skills explored on the course directly and immediately to their own reports. Where possible, participants will submit examples of their reports to the trainer prior to the event, for review during the course. The course is supported by a comprehensive manual covering all aspects of the writing process and offering a list of resources for further work, including links to web resources.
The use of flip-charts, syndicate workshops and feedback sessions will encourage a fully participative and enjoyable event.
What makes reports work?
Practical work: critique of a range of examples of text
Reports as functional documents
Explain or persuade?
Creating an outline
Practical work: participants plan, write, critique and rewrite an outline.
From outline to draft
Practical work: short exercises on key techniques.
Editing on three levels
Constructing effective paragraphs
Bringing sentences under control
Words that work
The elements of good style
Practical work on existing pieces of writing, applying the tools and techniques covered.