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Professional writing skills for non-native English speakers

Course summary

"I can speak English fluently, but writing letters and emails at work is very different."

"I studied English to a high level, but I never learned any business writing."

"My line manager often changes what I have written without explanation."

Does this sound like you? If English isn't your first language, business writing can be a big challenge. You may be extremely good at grammar and spelling, but not quite so sure how to word an email or construct an effective letter. This customised course will help you to express yourself clearly and appropriately in written English, including tips on building your skills and confidence.

Course dates and location

All our training courses are being delivered virtually. The webinar systems used do not require software download.

Please note: we allow a maximum of three people per organisation on our Individual training courses.

Our next available course dates for individuals are:

  • 6 June, 2022 — 15% off

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.

  • Course outline

    We will focus on the skills you need for business writing and writing at work. Topics will include:

    • good practice in business writing in English
    • planning your documents—a reader-friendly approach
    • finding the right structure
    • guidelines on letters and emails, and some useful phrases
    • using plain English - fewer words, shorter words and sentences
    • keeping it active, avoiding jargon and abstracts
    • getting the tone right
    • good sentence construction in English
    • some common grammar mistakes
    • punctuation and style guidelines
    • tips on presentation and layout
    • checking your documents 
    • a year of free support

    This course can be run as a group session or as an individual, half-day coaching session.

  • Who is this course for?

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

    The Centre works with people from all sectors including the public sector, voluntary sector, corporate sector and private sector.

  • What will this course help me do: learning outcomes?

    The course will boost your confidence and your skills. It will give you the tools for writing clear, concise English at work, whatever the task. You will leave with a useful handbook and an action plan for developing your skills.

  • Other courses to consider

    If you want to improve your writing skills but English is your first language, then you may find another of our writing courses to be more suitable for you. Take a look at Writing skills: the basics - one day course or Business writing skills (which is aimed at those who need a bit more practice). For our full list of writing courses click here.

  • Course fee
    • £469 plus VAT not-for-profit price (applies to charities and all other not-for-profit organisations, including public sector and housing)
    • £522 plus VAT standard price (applies to all other organisations)

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