Re: Who is an ESL writer?
I think the term's used most often by ESL teachers to describe
students in their writing classes.
That is probably more accurate. I based my answer on assumptions from what was stated about writing for a non-native English audience.
There's no special term for technical writers who write for non-native
speakers. Many of us have to write for a worldwide audience.
In looking back at the question, now I cannot determine if the "ESL Writer" is a technical writer or an SME sending something to a technical writer. I tried to view ESL Writer in the sense given of the "challenges of managing offshore teams and ESL writers."
I guess I need to know more about the context of how the term ESL writer is being used. The follow-up post stated, "Why then should I categorised as an ESL?" That seems insulting. Why would a writer be categorized as ESL when English is the native language? Is Indian-English somehow removed from American- or British-English? To classify a writer as ESL under these circumstances suggests that American-English is also ESL to British-English.
A technical writer is a technical writer. I thought an ESL writer is one who writes for those who have English as a second language. Apparently, it is for those who write in English as a second language. There is a website for it that only makes the categorization of ESL writer seem worse. http://eslwriter.net/
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