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    Business English for Success

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    Scott McLean, Arizona Western College

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    ISBN 13: 9781453320181

    Publisher: Saylor Foundation

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Sumeeta Patnaik, English Language Program Manager, Marshall University on 11/22/21

    Business English for Success covers all aspects of business writing discussed in the classroom. The book is available in PDF and Online in the web browser. I preferred the online web browser because the table of contents had clickable links. This... read more

    Reviewed by Michael Tsai, Assistant Professor, Kapiolani Community College on 4/23/21

    Business English for Success is comprehensive in its coverage of writing fundamentals, the writing process, and principles of good writing. The lessons are clear, concise and relevant to student-level writers in a variety of writing situations.... read more

    Reviewed by Austin Bennett, Writing Faculty, Montana State University – Billings on 4/30/19

    Of the textbook's 14 chapters, only five (9-13) are specific to business writing. Hence, it acts as a limited survey. The first eight chapters, reproduced from Mclean's Writing for Success, seem more pertinent to a remedial writing course with... read more

    Reviewed by Diane Shingledecker, Full Time Computer Applications Instructor, Portland Community College on 8/2/18

    The book does not contain an index or a glossary. It does contain well-defined chapter sections which are helpful. I couldn’t find a way to search the text in the Saylor online reader which was frustrating. I had to download the text as a PDF... read more

    Reviewed by Laura Foss, Faculty, Minnesota State College Southeast on 4/11/17

    Business English for Success covers topics from punctuation to complete sentences, from the writing process to effective business writing, and everything in between. It is a great fit for basic college writing course or business communications... read more

    Reviewed by Rosemary Golini, Instructor, Rhode Island College on 4/11/17

    Business English for Success is a very comprehensive textbook for the expansive content that it covers and the logical sequence that it follows. Beginning chapters deal with constructing sentences and paragraphs - basic units of any piece of... read more

    Reviewed by Rebekah Dodson, Adjunct Instructor, Klamath Community College on 8/21/16

    Table of contents is easy to follows and logically organized. read more

    Reviewed by Christine Discoe, Faculty , Colorado State University on 1/7/16

    Business English for Success is a comprehensive beginning college or upper division high-school level book which delves deeply into not only writing basics, but also how to write in a business context. This book would be suitable for... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Chapter 1: Writing Basics: What Makes a Good Sentence?
    • Chapter 2: Punctuation
    • Chapter 3: Working with Words: Which Word Is Right?
    • Chapter 4: Help for English Language Learners
    • Chapter 5: Writing Paragraphs: Separating Ideas and Shaping Content
    • Chapter 6: Refining Your Writing: How Do I Improve My Writing Technique?
    • Chapter 7: The Writing Process: How Do I Begin?
    • Chapter 8: Writing Essays: From Start to Finish
    • Chapter 9: Effective Business Writing
    • Chapter 10: Writing Preparation
    • Chapter 11: Writing
    • Chapter 12: Revising and Presenting Your Writing
    • Chapter 13: Business Writing in Action
    • Chapter 14: APA and MLA Documentation and Formatting

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    About the Book

    Business English for Success is a creative solution to a common challenge across Business Communication courses: Business English or Business Presentations? Some classes place an equal emphasis on oral and written communication. If that's the case for you check out our text Business Communication for Success. If, however, your class places the emphasis squarely on written communication and writing proficiency, then Business English for Success is for you.

    Business English for Success provides instruction in steps, builds writing, reading, and critical thinking, and combines comprehensive grammar review with an introduction to paragraph writing and composition. This step-by-step approach provides a clear path to student-centered learning. A wide range of writing levels and abilities are addressed, helping each student prepare for the next writing or university course.

    The text opens with a discussion on the sentence and then breaks it down into its elemental components, before reconstructing them into effective sentences, paragraphs, and larger assignments. Then, starting in Chapter 9: Effective Business Writing, the discussion applies lessons learned from the previous foundational chapters into common business issues and applications. From paraphrasing and plagiarism to style to the research process, the expectations increase as several common business documents are presented, including text messages and e-mail, memorandums and letters, the business proposal, business report, resume, and the sales message.

    This textbook has been used in classes at:Arizona Western College, Hostos Community College, Virginia State University, Truckee Meadows Community College, San Jose State University, Concordia University - Irvine, University New Brunswick - Fredericton, Cerritos College, University of Houston - Downtown, Flat World Knowledge University, A-C Central High School, University of The People, Truckee Meadows Community College, Danville Community High School

    About the Contributors


    Scott McLean is an Associate Professor of Communication, including Journalism and English, at Arizona Western College in a combined campus partnership with the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University-Yuma. He also served as the 2007-2011 Shadle-EdgeCombe Endowed Faculty Chair.

    Scott is the author of “The Basics of Speech Communication” and “The Basics of Interpersonal Communication,” both currently published by Allyn & Bacon. He is also the author of “Business Communication for Success,” “Writing for Success” and “Business English for Success” with Flat World Knowledge, and has published in peer-reviewed journals, classic car magazines, and newspapers.

    From his experience working with students at the community college and undergraduate level, including English 95 (development), 100 (college prep), 101 (composition and argumentation), 102 (literature and analysis), and 350 (business communication), he has learned the importance of clear, concise learning resources with scaffolding, frequent opportunities for engagement and demonstration of skill mastery, and the importance of the first English course on overall academic success for many students. He has taught at AWC/San Luis on the US/Mexican Border, for Central Oregon Community College’s Branch Campus on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, and for Universidad San Sebastian in Concepcion, Chile.

    Scott studied at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, at Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow School of Communication, and at Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff’s Department of English in the area of Professional Writing.

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