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Written Communication in Social Work: Entering a New Discourse

Written Communication in Social Work: Entering a New Discourse,Anne M. Storey,Sandra K. M. Tsang,Dora Pao

Written Communication in Social Work: Entering a New Discourse  
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English medium universities employ teachers of English for academic and professional purposes to help students master the discourse of their particular discipline. The process of entering another discipline and trying to acquire the different language, which has its own sets of values and ideologies, brings with it problems as well as solutions. This paper looks at a collaborative social work program in workplace writing which has placed significant demands on a group of English teachers, not only to come to terms with the linguistic features of the target discourse but also with the context and purpose of that discourse in the workplace. A social work professional will describe the demands of social work documentation, the respective roles and identities of clients and workers, and the application and integration of theory to explain and legitimize practice. Two English specialists will then discuss their experiences in attempting to address these issues in developing a workplace writing program for social work students. The three authors will then reflect on student feedback on the respective roles of the social work and English teachers relating to the development of their professional communication skills.
Published in 2003.
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