Linguistics 305W

13 Mar

Linguistics 305W

Project #2:  Professional Profile- Draft 1 due 3/6

For this project, you will need to contact and interview in person someone who is currently working in your professional or academic field.  Ideally, this individual holds a job that you would like to have when you graduate.

Your interview will be written as a profile article for a department newsletter distributed to other students in your discipline.

The purpose of the article is to describe the working life of someone in your field for other students in your discipline.  As part of this description, your article should give details about the role of writing in your interviewee’s work.

Your feature article will need to include the following:

  1.  The entire article works to create a dominant impression of the interviewee, his/her workplace, and the writing required. This could include a brief genre analysis of one of the genres this interviewee uses.
  2. An appropriate introduction that identifies the person you interviewed, conveys a sense of the interviewee and his or her work, and states the purpose of the article.

Read pages 85-97 for information on writing a profile article.

  1.  A description of the nature of the work the interviewee does.  This could include a description, for example, of a typical day (or typical duties, responsibilities), the most stressful part of the job (or the most rewarding, most difficult, most boring, etc.).
  2. A description of the role of written language in your interviewee’s work.

What kind of writing does your interviewee have to do in order to be successful on the job?  How much writing is involved and what kind is most frequent or most important?

  1.  Advice from your interviewee for students planning to enter the field.
  2.  A prediction concerning the future professional lives of students in your field (i.e., those who will read the article).  Include a discussion of the role writing will play in your professional/academic future.  To do this, reflect on the information you learned in the interview and supply relevant examples.
  3. Support for your statements from quoting or paraphrasing the comments of your interviewee.
  4. All of the above elements will be developed into a cohesive article, rather than a list of answers to questions.







  1. Creates a dominant impression of the interviewee.


  1. Present information as a profile article for a student newsletter for your discipline.


  1. Effectively use ways of organizing information (text types such as explanation or

definition). Do not answer the prompt questions as you would answer a list of questions.

  1. Use appropriate transitions between paragraphs, amongst sentences, and introducing quotes.





  1. Present the purpose of the profile article. Identify the interviewee and his/her job/position. Explain why the interviewee’s job/position is relevant to the writer’s professional interests.  Discuss the importance of writing to the interviewee’s job.


  1. Provide a description of the nature of the work the interviewee does.
  2. Describe the role of written language in your interviewee’s work. There needs to be detail in this section; possibly, provide information of the DOCS-V of the genre used by the interviewee.
  3. Tell why the information you have presented is important to you and your readers. This will concern the future writing tasks students in your discipline have to look forward to.


  1. Quote and paraphrase the comments of the interviewee.





  1. Sufficient detail in paragraphs.


  1. Appropriate and correct use of quotations from the interviewee.


  1. Effective use of a variety of sentence structures.


  1. Correct spelling.


  1. Verb consistency.


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