Pharma / BiotechMedical Device
This course presents a comprehensive overview of the structure of American English to give non-native writers of English the tools they need to produce clear, complete, and comprehensive documents. Participants will learn about English within the context of the type of writing the therapeutic products industry requires. The course covers the structure of the language and how to control the individual components, as well as the choices writers have in delivering messages. The course also addresses specific aspects of English that are problematic for individual participants. Attendees should come prepared with specific questions they want answered during the course.
This is a course for people whose native language is other than English and who must write documents in support of therapeutic product development or regulatory submissions. This course is valuable for pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech professionals in drug discovery, product development, quality assurance, clinical testing, information technology, and regulatory affairs who have some understanding of English, but wish to refine their writing skills. It is also helpful for native-born writers who want to better understand the English language and how to control it.
Using English Within Regulated Industries
Developing Cohesive Passages
Workshop: Your Writing Style
Voice and Sequence
Upon completion of this course, attendees will:
English is the international business language, and the language of science and technology. It is less difficult to learn than most of the other major languages. It has a simpler tense system and a fixed word order. You can make yourself understood in English, even if the conventions are not perfect. English also offers the ability to be concise – it uses approximately 20% fewer words to convey the same message as, for instance, French or Italian. Only Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more people, but English is more widely spoken around the globe and has wider dispersion than any other language.
In English, some verbs can take other verbs in the object spot. Native writers do not question whether to write "plan to go" or "I plan going." Yet for people for whom English is not a native tongue, the two can sound exactly the same, but the latter is idiomatically incorrect. There is only linguistic theory about how these conventions developed. Not all verbs can take other verbs, but many can, and these frequently give non-native writers difficulty. Some verbs can take both the "ing" and the "to" form of verbs with no loss of meaning, as in "I like reading" and "I like to read." Other verbs can take both forms and have different meanings. Consider, " I stopped to talk to him," versus "I stopped talking to him."
English, a member of the Germanic group of languages, relies on word order for meaning. Articles serve as noun markers and tell readers which is the naming word (noun) and identify words preceding the noun as modifiers. Consider this sentence -A white cotton lab coat is standard attire in QC. "A" identifies "coat" as the noun, and indicates that "white," "cotton," and "lab" are modifying "coat," even though these words can also be nouns in their own right. And, by the way, the article agrees with the sound of the word that follows it, not the noun, as in An FDA guidance document addresses Part 11.
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