Effective Business Writing Workshop Tutorials

We have noticed a very marked improvement in the grammar and overall writing ability of the staff who attended these three tutorials, especially their emails. For us, it was worth the time having 17 of our staff attend this series, as managers and supervisors report that they are undertaking much less editing as the writing style is much clearer and more grammatically correct.

Three tutorials especially suitable for staff whose first language is not English.

Simple Sentence Structure

The first workshop tutorial focuses on the rules of English grammar; the second on punctuation; the third on how to structure sentences to make them instantly understandable.

Each workshop tutorial lasts for 3.5 hours and has:

  • Up to 20 participants
  • Boardroom style or u-shape layout
  • PowerPoint
  • Comprehensive workbooks which serve as reference books
  • Many practical exercises.

Workshop tutorials may be individually booked, booked as a duo and facilitated on the same day, or booked as a trio and facilitated at times suitable to the client organisation.

Tutorial One: Grammar

  • Recognising the three elements which comprise sentences:
    • Independent clauses
    • Subordinate clauses
    • Phrases
  • The parts of a sentence
    nouns; verbs; adjectives; adverbs; pronouns; articles; conjunctions, prepositions
  • The five elements of English grammar
    case; number; person; tense; voice
  • Sentence structure
    subject …verb …object—or— actors and actions
    passive sentences – their place in sentence construction
  • Verbs as the powerhouse of the sentence
    active; passive; the infinite; the gerund
  • Getting subjects and verbs to agree
    When nouns are replaced by pronouns in the subjective; possessive; objective
  • Who and whom
    Which one to use – and when

Tutorial Two: Punctuation

  • Why punctuate?
    Punctuation helps readers understand. Poor punctuation may be misleading. For instance: ‘Let’s eat Mum’.
  • The elements of punctuation – what they do and how they may be used
    • Apostrophes
    • Brackets
    • The colon
    • The comma
    • The dash
    • Ellipses
    • Full stop
    • Hyphen
    • Semi-colon
    • Parenthesis
  • Some common confusables
    Twenty common confusing elements in sentence structure ranging from nouns ending in ce and verbs ending with se to when to use which and when to use that.

Tutorial Three: Writing Clear and Simple Sentences

  • The propositional content of sentences
    Sentences are written to convey specific thoughts or purposes. This makes each sentence ‘propositional’. The ‘proposition’ shapes the sentence’s content and context. Simply, this means:
    • knowing clearly what are you trying to say
    • using the appropriate words to say it
    • deciding in what order you will write the words (syntax)
  • The clause as the basic unit of the sentence
    dependent and independent clauses; what they are; how they work, phrases: what is a phrase?
  • Building simple sentences
    identifying the proposition (the point of the sentence)
    starting the sentence with the actor followed by the action
    using pronouns for the actor; using verbs in the active voice for the action
  • Structuring compound sentences
    sentences need to vary in length if the reader is to be engaged. Therefore, not all sentences may be simple.
  • Composing more elaborate – yet clear – sentences
  • Joining clauses and phrases
    • coordinating conjunctions – FANBOYS
    • subordinators
    • conjunctive adverbs
  • Smoothing sentences into complete paragraphs
  • Starting paragraphs with a topic sentence
  • Summary of the three tutorials

More Details

For further details, please contact John