Writing skills

Many businesses now require all written communication to be in English. Not just emails, but complex reports, legal documents and website content. This can be stressful and extremely time consuming if you are unsure of grammar and sentence structure, or lack the necessary specialist vocabulary needed for financial reports or legal contracts. Websites and advertising are often the first contact a potential client has with you, so making the right impression is a must.

If business writing is included in a general English course, the number of sessions needed will be determined by the type of writing activities you carry out, and your current language level.

If improving your written English is your main concern, consider taking a one- or two-day writing workshop, or specific short writing course. A typical programme will include the following:

  • Formal vs. Informal style
  • Standard phrases used in emails or letters
  • Grammar, including a review of tenses
  • Awareness of common errors
  • Vocabulary development
  • Punctuation, including capitalisation, the use of hyphens (dashes) and commas
  • Complex sentence structures, linking words and connectors
  • Redundancy (using too many words)
  • Consistency of style and tone
  • Writing assignments appropriate to your needs and objectives, for example proposals; minutes of meetings; memos; formal and informal e-mails; reports; manuals; contracts; articles for journals; academic theses; text of presentations and speeches.
  • Analysis and correction of your real-life work documents.

As well as training in writing skills, you can also take advantage of my experience as a proof-reader, editor and translator.