What is the course about?
This course will help you write clear, concise business letters, reports and emails. The course will focus on developing your understanding of the language, style and structure required for business writing. It is not an ESL course, but is suitable for ESL speakers seeking to improve their use of English in a business context.
(For CVs and covering letters, please see the 'Write your CV in a day' course).
What will we cover?
You will analyse examples of business correspondence in order to identify principles of business communication.
You will examine the language and vocabulary used in business letters, emails, reports and proposals.
You will improve upon examples of business writing and produce your own correspondence.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the difference between business and other styles of writing.
- Identify principles of style and structure used in business correspondence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Though no previous business experience is necessary, learners will benefit more from the course if they can bring ideas from their own business background. This course is for fluent speakers of English. This is not a second language course. If you need language support as a speaker of other languages, please check the grammar and writing courses in the Advanced English department.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will consist of presentations from your tutor, pair and group work, and class discussion.
All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a paper and pen for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details