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Grammar Workshop

Grammar Workshop

Target Audience

An intensive programme designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to prepare grammatically correct written documents.

Course Objectives

 
  • Know the key grammar and punctuation errors made in business English and how to correct them
  • Have refreshed how to construct sentences so that you achieve an average sentence length of 15 – 20 words in your documents
  • Be aware of the “myths” in written English

Methods

Presentation, discussion, individual and paired practical exercises.

Important notes

There is a series of exercises which forms the pre-course work to this course, and which participants must complete this before attending the workshop.

Course Contents

Welcome and introductions

Introduction to session

  • Overview of session – objectives and programme
  • Introductions and personal objectives
  • Planning to write: the essential questions to answer (why, who, how and what)
Sentences 
  • Word order in a sentence
  • Active versus passive
  • Reducing sentence length: avoid wordy phrases, tautologies and nominalisation
  • Subject and verb agreement
  • Confused words

Punctuation 

  • Use of the apostrophe
  • Semi-colon and colon
  • Punctuation surgery
Myths and other common errors
  • Split infinitives
  • Prepositions at the end of sentences
  • And, but and because to start sentences
  • Other common errors
Action session
  • How do I need to change my writing?