Proficiency in Technical English: Lessons from the Bridge

  • Lilith M. Haynes


“Dear Naomi,” the note began, “What IS a bridge?” We had pored over maps of the area a fortnight before, trying to find a way to get to Newark from Washington, D.C. without crossing a bridge, and a week later I had called to report that when the Havre de Grâce exit had appeared, I had only too gleefully fled from the jammed Interstate and crossed the bridge before I knew I had come to it, not even using the left lane, which this time around was reserved for drivers with decals. And now, another week and four hours over icy Pennsylvania roads later, I was beginning to smile at the warnings preceding these things that distinguished themselves only by railings approximately as high as my slush-spattered Escort. “But,” the note went on, “the Catawissa did give me pause!”


English Language Instruction Technical Content Left Lane Grace Exit Cloze Procedure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lilith M. Haynes
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Fachbereich 3: Literatur- und SprachwissenschaftenUniversität Gesamthochschule EssenBundesrepublik Deutschland
  2. 2.Carlton CollegeNorthfieldUSA

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