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Learning English text in narrative, news item, descriptive, spoof, hortatory, review, and other types with generic structure and language features

Technical text - nonfiction text in which the author gives information to the reader that may be used to perform a task, including planning and decision making. The material to be read may include explicit steps to follow or the steps may be implied in a graphic. Technical Characteristics: Sentences are commonly shortened or fragmented. Numbered or bulleted lists are commonly used. Employs dictionary meaning of words. Focused on an identified topic. Is organized in a logical and orderly way. Hierarchical organization in which information may be accessed at random. Domain-specific terminology. Avoidance of humor, vague terms, figurative language, and interrogative and imperative sentences. Often employs subordination suggesting cause and effect. There is a balance of white space and text. Technical Text Types Include: Brochures, classified ads, consumer information, directions, floor plans, forms, graphs and charts, how-to guides, instructions, job preparation manuals, job related materials, maps, menus, questionnaires, recipes, regulations, schedules, school forms, syllabi, transcripts, warranties, etc.

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