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, for example. Websites and advertising are often the first contact a potential client has with you, so making the right impression is a must.

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

If Business Writing is included in a general English course, the number of sessions needed will be determined by the type of writing activities the student undertakes, and their current level.

If improving your written English is your main concern, consider taking a one- or two-day Writing Workshop. A typical programme will include the following. However, a tailor-made programme is also possible, with the focus on one or more of the following:

  • ¬†Formal vs. Informal style
  • ¬†Standard phrases used in emails or letters
  • Grammar including a review of tenses
  • Vocabulary development
  • Punctuation including paragraphing, capitalisation, the use of hyphens and commas
  • Awareness of common errors
  • Complex sentence structures, linking words and connectors
  • Redundancy (using too many words)
  • Consistency of style and tone
  • Writing assignments appropriate to the needs and objectives of the student, 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 participants actual work documents.