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Writing For Your Audience: IDK SUP BRO

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Who is the audience for this commercial?
Would there be some people who don’t understand?
What makes it funny?
What could make it confusing?

Your audience is one of the most important things to remember whenever you write.  Audience determines the tone, person, language use, and the type of authority you use. The point of view can be first person, second person, or third person.  First person uses terms like: me, I, and we.  Second person utilizes: you and yours.  Third person uses words like: he, she, researchers, and they.

Is your assignment a reflection? Then it should be personal, first person. You may bring in other sources if you want to support your argument, but it is your voice speaking.

Is your assignment a research paper? Then it should be objective, mostly third person. Use valid sources and cite correctly.

Is your assignment to write an posting for a blog? Now you can talk to the audience like they are in the room.  Second person works nicely and your tone can be like you are talking to a friend.

Is your assignment multimedia? Again, think of your audience.  Even though you can add elements of visual images and sound it should be appropriate for the situation and convey the message that you want to convey. The images and sound should add to the message and not overwhelm it.

Even when you text or post on Facebook you are sending a message to your audience.  If they are close friends and know what you mean, have fun and txt away to c sup.

BUT if you are writing an assignment, remember to use language your audience understands.

If you aren’t sure about your message connecting with your audience, PLEASE come to the writing center.  We LOVE being your audience and listening to what you have to say.  You can share what you have so far- even if it is just the assignment- and we can talk about how to communicate effectively with your audience.

Intercontinental Ink: Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English

Audience. It is arguably the most important factor to keep in mind when constructing a document. In a university setting, this could include classmates, friends, professors, future employers, academic communities, or review boards. Although it’s necessary to think of your readers as a whole, do you also remember the audience’s culture? More specifically, their language?

It may not be immediately apparent when considering your audience, but chances are high that someone who doesn’t speak your native language will be reading your writing. Do you write pieces that are posted online? Anyone in the world can access these documents—don’t exclude them because you forgot about them! So if you’re a native English speaker and your readers are Korean or Saudi Arabian or Chinese, you need to be aware that not only is English not their native language, but they also carry along different cultural values associated with his or her ability to understand and process your writing.

Here are some items to consider when writing to international audiences:

  • Be concise. Know what you’re saying; say it clearly.
  • You might get a kick out of idioms, but it’s possible your audience can’t make heads or tails of it. Avoid when possible.
  • Don’t not end your sentence in a preposition if re-arranging it is going to make is sound awkward. If it sounds strange to a native English speaker, it’s going to sound strange to a non-native English speaker.
  • Although the word that can sometimes make English sentences seem wordy, many other languages mandate their equivalent of that to be used in writing in order to make grammatical sense. Just because you can omit it in English and the sentence will still make sense, doesn’t necessarily mean a non-native English speaker will understand the sentence without using that.
  • Literal is safe. Not to discourage humorous or innovative writing styles, but if there’s a possibility your reader doesn’t have as strong of a command of the English language as you, then be precise.

Writing is a part of culture. When taken into consideration, it allows for a more expansive, comprehensible, and accessible document.

Your First Writing Assignment: Where to Start

As writers, it is often difficult to think of how to start. Whether it be an essay or everyone’s favorite, a literacy narrative, there are many ways to get going.

When I am faced with beginning a new writing project I find I have to also start thinking about who my audience is and what will appeal to them on top of what I am trying to say. Who your audience is, and what would appeal to them, can be one of the hardest questions writers have to answer. Luckily, for most of the First Year Writing projects, your audience has been predetermined as your classmates and professor. Unluckily, if this is your first time writing an essay that does not conform to the 5 paragraph format, knowing how to appeal to your classmates and professor can still be very difficult.

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