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Editing written materials

College graduates should be able to produce effective written communication demonstrating appropriate use of language, sentence structure, grammar, and mechanics; specifically, they should be able to:

  • avoid common grammatical errors of standard written English
  • quote accurately
  • consider audience and purpose to shape their voice, choose a voice to write in, and choose language, sentence structure, and content to create that voice
  • vary sentence length and style for rhetorical purposes
  • use active or passive voice where appropriate
  • use language their audience understands
  • define or explain technical terms
  • use concise language
  • use correct grammar, syntax (word order), punctuation, and spelling
  • use correct reference form
  • use visual aids, tables, and graphs appropriately
  • use the specific language conventions of their academic discipline or professional area.

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