In this world of text and emails does anyone really care if we make the odd grammatical mistake or write rambling sentences with little or no punctuation?
Well, actually yes. Lots of people do! Not only do bad grammar and punctuation make even the simplest document harder to read but they also reflect badly on the writer. A recent, informal survey found that a reader’s perception of the writer’s IQ falls by five points with every grammatical mistake. In other words, grammatical mistakes can make you appear less bright to your colleagues, boss and clients than you actually are!
If you don’t want bad grammar to wreck your career it’s time to get back to basics and pick up a few tips on how to avoid the most common mistakes in English.
It doesn’t matter whether you are writing an email, a letter or a report – good English is going to help you reach your audience and get the result you want – without annoying them with simple grammatical errors. On this course, you will learn how to overcome some of the most common grammar challenges and how to communicate in an effective and professional way.
What you will learn on this course
By the end of the course, you will know how to:
Recognise and avoid the common grammatical mistakes that everybody makes
Choose the right kind of words for your reader and make your writing sharp and concise
Avoid doubt and uncertainty when writing more complex sentences
Use punctuation properly – and learn why it’s necessary to do so
Recognise and avoid commonly-confused words or miss-spelt words
Use Word® features to check your document
Write good business correspondence that conveys your meaning accurately and professionally
What our customers say
“Great fun, thought provoking and an undoubted benefit to improved writing.”
JG – DK Architects
“Excellent pace all subjects covered well without going into too much detail. A clear simple method to ensure the information sunk in.”
GH – eMap Automotive
“Good refresher and I picked up a few things I didn’t know previously.”
IS – Microsoft
Grammar can be a dry subject but the emphasis on this one-day course is to make it enjoyable. This basic writing skills course is aimed at professional people who wish to improve their grammar so they can write with confidence. It concentrates on showing you, step-by-step, how to use the basics of English grammar, sentence structure and punctuation to produce professional business correspondence and documents.
Exercises are used to illustrate various points throughout the day.
Follow up session
Get the most from a staff training day and make sure valuable ideas aren’t forgotten by booking a follow-up session. Our trainer will visit you again a month to six weeks after your course to give delegates the chance to:
discuss how they implemented what they learnt
go over points from the course
practise their skills by working on their own writing with the trainer’s help
1. Grammar – why it matters
Why bad grammar can wreck your career!
Lots of examples of bad grammar and where they went wrong
When you book we send you a questionnaire which we ask you to return to us before you attend the course. This enables our Trainers to assess your needs in advance.
2. Choosing your words
Getting the tone of your document right
Recognising the padding you can cut out and the words you should leave in
Knowing when to write affect or effect, their, there or they’re (and many other commonly confused words)
Other common traps and how to avoid them
Things that make some people cross!
Handy Word® tools you never knew were there
3. Grammar basics – the building blocks of a sentence
Nouns – what are they and how do you use them?
Using prepositions to explain what’s going on
Articles – definite, indefinite; knowing when the article is not needed
Verbs – a quick overview
Adjectives and adverbs, their uses and abuses
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4. Building sentences
Building a sentence from the ground up
From simple to more realistic sentences
Connecting things – and, but, because, etc.
Cause and effect – simple sentences
Relative clauses – one of life’s great mysteries explained (which or that?)
Deciding where to put the emphasis
5. Avoiding common problems
Making verbs and nouns agree
Sentence order for easy understanding – how not to confuse your reader
A round-up of the most common mistakes, why they occur and how you can avoid them
Full stops, question marks and exclamation marks
Using the comma correctly
The difference between colons and semicolons and when to use them
Apostrophes in contractions, unusual plurals and possessives – including Plain Words’ Foolproof Flowchart for possessive apostrophes!
Hyphens and dashes – the difference between them and when to use them
Simple rules for using capital letters and abbreviations
Quotation marks – how and when to use them
Knowing when to use italics, boldface, small capitals, parentheses, square brackets, ellipses, the slash, numerals, fractions and dates