THE BEGINNERS COURSE – OUTLINE
This course is aimed at people who are less confident writers, or who
want to start right from the beginning and review the whole subject.
All delegates complete a pre-questionnaire to establish their
Good and bad writing: what do we mean?
Serious issues, and personal peeves
Review of pre-questionnaires
Why writing isn’t as scary as it seems
B. Exercise 1: Good and bad examples – what works well?
What are the factors which spoil business writing?
What aspects make it work better?
C. The building blocks - in fifteen minutes
The bits: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, clauses, sentence structure
The ways: subject, object, verb; agreement
D. Exercise 2: how to spot sentences that don't work
how to decide which bits to replace
E. How business English and “correctness” have changed
Understanding how and why language changes
Formal and informal language – the formal-o-meter
F. Exercise 3: how to change the formality of an email
G. How to avoid spelling errors
four tricks to help you avoid repeating mistakes
the most common errors
H: Spelling tests and memory games
I: Punctuation basics
the three basic kinds of punctuation
how to use the different punctuation marks correctly
J: Punctuation puzzles and games
How to decide on the best punctuation
K: Grammar - the basics you will need
Ten traps to avoid
How to re-cast sentences to be more grammatical
L. Writing formats: how to choose
Deciding between report, email, letter, proposal etc
What are the core strengths/weaknesses of each format
M. The Three Questions You Must Always Answer (R.A.T.)
instead of "What shall I put?"
N. The Four C’s of business writing
clear; concise; correct; checking!