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Technical Writing Seminar 2013 winter

"Common Errors in Technical Writing"

The Technical Writing & Presentation Courses were originally designed to stress speaking and presentation skills, however, classes specially focusing on writing skills are in high demand. In response, KIO will be holding a seminar about technical writing.


Past seminars: 2013 summer 2012 winter

Seminar Information

This seminar consists of 2 sessions.

Session 1 will deal with the basics of technical writing and English errors at the sentence level. The seminar covers a review of some 25 common errors and important points of good technical writing in English (power word choice, negatives, subject-verb agreement, effective wording, and others). The instructor will make every effort to minimize items covered in the Technical Writing & Presentation course, but some key concepts (with different examples) will be included due to their importance.

Session 2 will deal more with errors at the general paragraph level such as coherence, organization, structure, and other aspects. Paragraphs are integral elements of the technical writing itself since paragraphs represent the basic unit of ideas or concepts. Poorly-constructed paragraphs will likely not be understood even if a writer’s word choice, word order, and sentence structure are excellent and even if sentences are not too long or not too complex. Good paragraphs must have a lead sentence, logical flow, unity, consistency, among other elements. In the last part of the session the instructor will correct a student-generated abstract step-by-step pointing out writing errors according to the criteria explained in Session 1.

*Although materials will be provided, participants will be expected to take notes. Bringing two or three highlighting pens would probably be helpful also.

Seminar Day Time Place

Technical Writing Seminar


March 20 (Thur), 2013

1) 10:00-12:00

(inc. short break)



(inc. short break)

Conference Room,

Kashiwa Library

Lecture Room 4, 4th floor, Environmental Studies Building


Application Start Application End Instructor Capacity

February 28,


March 13 (Thur), 2014

John Freeman


30 seats

*Participants will be selected in case the number of applicants is over the capacity.

*The instructor will NOT check your own writing. Please use "English Consulting Office Hours" for personal advice from the instructor.

 Application Procedure

Application closed.


Please direct any questions to KIO. (

Updated: Mar. 14, 2014

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