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Book Review: The Art of Workplace English: A Curriculum for All Students, by C. Boiarsky

By: Ann Dobie
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 3
Date: Summer 1998

Summary: Dobie finds this is a book "whose time has come" as she presents the author's argument for curricula that will prepare students for the world of the 21st century without sacrificing essential traditional learning.

 

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It is in what she suggests should be taught rather than how it is to be taught that Boiarsky may ruffle the most feathers among her colleagues. In her discussion of expanding the traditional genres she adds some that teachers may have reservations about including—i.e., the five major genres of workplace literature: correspondence, instructions, reports, proposals and oral presentations.

How is a teacher to manage all of this? According to Boiarsky, the time has come for a review of the curriculum. Do we need to teach all the aspects of literature?

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