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Dot Comma: Punctuate Right Now! – Training Course Outline

Do you get annoyed when you read long, rambling sentences with little or no punctuation?

Do you hesitate when you’re writing because you’re not sure if that comma really belongs where you just put it?

If you’ve answered “yes” to either of those questions, you’re not alone. Punctuation has not been taught in any depth in schools for years. Word processors and input from databases and other business applications have also changed the way we use punctuation. These changes have been rapid and are ongoing, so even if you do remember being taught a few rules in school, there’s a good chance some of those rules no longer apply.

Poor punctuation makes writing look ungrammatical and will distract readers from your meaning. But correct punctuation isn’t rocket science, and investing a few hours to refresh your grasp of the basics can build your confidence, and make writing something you tackle with ease.

Emails, letters, reports – all types of business correspondence look more professional when you punctuate them properly.

What you will learn on this punctuation course

By the end of the course, you will know how to:

How we deliver the punctuation course

This is a half-day course.

It is available as a private tutor-led course at your premises.

It combines short presentations with lively examples of wrong and correct usage that make the difference clear. You then practise each point with exercises using relevant business examples.

You also have the option of:

Materials

All delegates receive a printed course handbook with hints and tips you can refer to afterwards, copies of the slides and all the exercises. We also give you a refresher quiz to do in your own time a week or two after the course.

Course Contents: commas, apostrophes, colons, oh my!

1. Punctuation – why it matters

Pre-Course Questionnaire

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. A few pointers on sentence construction

3. Punctuation you’ll use all the time

4. A trip to the dark side—less-used hence more confusing punctuation

5. Other resources

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For details of timetabled courses, see the schedule.

To reserve your places you can book on-line, book a private course or call us on +44 (0)844 445 7743.

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