Business writing skills for ESL (English as a second language) Two-day programme

Course summary

If English isn’t your first language, writing at work can be a daunting task. Even if you’re a fluent speaker with a solid grasp of English grammar, you may not be confident about what’s expected of you or know how to structure and word a business email, find the right words, or get the tone right.

Course dates and location

We can deliver this course virtually for your organisation, on a date and time that suits you. If you have four or more people who would like to attend this course then group training could be the most cost-effective option. Contact one of our Training Coordinators on 020 7490 3030 or email for more information and a quote.

If you would like to attend this course then register your interest with us. Currently, this course is run on request meaning that a date will be scheduled once we have at least three people interested in attending this course.

  • There are no dates available at the moment.

Our two day programme is designed with you in mind. Gaining confidence and proficiency in another language takes time. Throughout the course you will get regular feedback and individual attention from your trainer, as well as being encouraged to contribute to group discussions and work with your fellow delegates.

Topics covered in the two days will include:
• Identifying your strengths and areas for development
• The principles of good writing at work—a reader-centered approach
• Planning a document and finding the right structure
• Writing in plain English, connecting with your reader
• Useful words and phrases, getting the tone and corporate voice right
• A grammar refresher, and good sentence construction
• Common mistakes, and a few myths
• Punctuation and style guidelines
• Confusing words and spellings
• Paragraphing effectively, making your writing flow
• Presentation, layout and proofreading

The two days will be run as workshops, offering guided practice in a range of writing tasks, individually and collectively, and introducing you to new topics according to your needs. You will work on your own documents; try out your learning in the workplace and bring the results back for feedback and analysis; and create documents that you can use with confidence back in the office. You will leave with a portfolio of templates and good-practice models, an action plan, a comprehensive handbook, and resources for developing your skills and building your confidence.

This programme is suitable for anyone working in English as a second language who would like support in any aspect of writing at work.

By the end of the course, you will know how to write clearly, concisely and effectively at work, whatever the task; express yourself in the right language and tone; spot and correct any mistakes in your writing; further develop your skills and become a more confident writer.

  • £892 plus VAT not-for-profit price (applies to charities and all other not-for-profit organisations, including public sector and housing)
  • £1025 plus VAT standard price (applies to all other organisations)

Book this course

We have a two-tier pricing structure, offering discounted rates to charities and not-for-profit organisations: Not-for-profit price applies to charities and other not-for-profit organisations (including public sector and housing) Standard price applies to all other organisations

If you are requesting a charity discount, we will need your registered charity number

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(e.g. dietary, access, religious)

We will invoice you for your course and this will be sent via email within two working days. Once you have received your invoice, you can pay by BACS, credit card or cheque.

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