Curso

E.2.1  Workshop on process/procedural descriptions and commentaries of graphical information

INTRODUCTION

This 4-hour workshop intends to help UPM teachers in their research and daily teaching by providing them with guidelines, practice, and stylistic and linguistic repertoires for successfully tackling two common genres in both academic writing and classroom interaction: process/procedural descriptions and the commentary of visual information. It adopts a computer-assisted format and offers a stage-by-stage learning scheme with English as the language of instruction, as well as a hands-on participative dynamics.

OBJECTIVES

To enable participants to gain efficiency and autonomy when dealing with the said genres:

  • By broadening their stylistic and lexico-grammatical repertoires.
  • By providing them with strategies to produce effective sentences and paragraphs.
  • By raising their awareness of the socio-cultural factors surrounding and affecting the text (e.g. disciplinary variation and house style) as regards format and features.
  • By improving their writing abilities via process and product approaches: to encourage them to discover valid exemplary models for their field and develop strategies to reach their standards of informative quality, concision, and correction.
  • By allowing them to focus the session on their particular gaps and insecurities and adapting theoretical and practical instruction to their needs.

CONTENTS

  • Process/procedural descriptions.
    • Ubiquity of process/procedural descriptions.
    • Degrees of personalization.
    • Grammatical pillars of process and procedural descriptions.
    • Rhetorical and lexico-grammatical challenges of a prototypical sample: Common errors.
    • Workshop practice.
  • The commentary of graphical information.
    • The graphic tradition in science and technology.
    • Variation across channels, genres and disciplines.
    • Types of graphics and their prosodies: Graphs. Diagrams. Captions
    • The rhetorical stages of the graph commentary.
    • The vocabulary of trends.
      • Directional vocabularies.
      • Degree and pace of trend movements.
      • Nominal vs. verbal styles.
      • Literality vs. metaphoricity.
    • Some common errors: redundancy, verbosity, non-informativeness.
    • Workshop practice:
      • Panoramic and fragmented views.
      • Prosody selection.
      • Lexical choices.
      • Positioning: style and proximization.
      • Team comprehension & production exercise.
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  • Writing essentials: Readability, reader-considerateness, and personal imprint.

INSTRUCTOR

Carmen SANCHO GUINDA
 Profesora del Departamento de Lingüística Aplicada de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

FECHA: 15 de junio de 2015

HORARIO: de 9:30 a 13:30 horas

LUGAR: Aulas del ICE

COORDINACIÓN

Dña. Iciar de PABLO LERCHUNDI
  Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación (ICE). Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

PROFESORADO

Dña. Carmen SANCHO GUINDA
  Lingüística Aplicada a la Ciencia y a la Tecnología
  E.T.S. de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

DATOS DE LA ACTIVIDAD

Duración: 4 horas

Fecha: 15/06/2015

Horario: De 09:30 a 13:30

Lugar: Aula B. Instituto de Ciencias de la Educación (ICE). Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

(Inscripción cerrada)

Participants’ Profile: To make the most of the seminar, it is desirable that participants have an intermediate level of proficiency in the English language (B2 or beyond).