We’ve been asked to participate in an event at a school in Westminster promoting writing skills and literacy to their Year 8 (13 yr old) students. The goal is to showcase job roles in different sectors that use written communication skills as a key part of the job.
So how do you explain technical writing to students, and spark their interest?
As part of their English curriculum, the students must learn report writing and writing objectively, so one approach is to put these tasks into a work context for the students. We’ll also be talking to groups of students about the job, and set them an activity related to the role. Devising an activity that interests and makes sense to the students will be the biggest challenge!
Update: Our current thought is to see if they can describe technology that’s unfamiliar to them – old technology. For example, how to use a rotary telephone, a wet film camera or a gramophone.