BWC350 Writing Effective Workplace Email and BWC130 Individualized Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English

Regular tuition $595.00

This combination of BWC350 Writing Effective Workplace Email and BWC110 Basic Grammar Skills Tutorial is ideal because BWC350 teaches the best practices for writing clear, effective business email and BWC110 focuses on the grammar skills you need to learn. Tuition is discounted from the $640 for the courses taken individually to $595. You have four months to complete each course, meaning you have a total of eight months to complete both.

BWC350 Writing Effective Workplace E-mail

The Writing Effective Workplace Email course will teach you how to write clear, well-organized e-mail that has the impact you want, motivates your readers to respond as you expect, and accomplishes your business objectives. It presents a highly structured approach to writing email that you can apply to all e-mail and memos.

You will read the core lessons teaching you how to write email that produces results. As you read the lessons, you will write and submit e-mails. Your instructor will evaluate the e-mails, commenting on your use of all writing skills as well as those taught specifically in the online e-mail writing course.

As with the other Business Writing Center courses, the course has online lessons like the lectures in a college course. The materials contain many examples and easy-to-understand explanations. It is self-pacing, so you decide when to work. You send assignments to your instructor attached to an email. Your instructor will evaluate your writing, comment on how well you have learned the skills, and coach you through learning any skills you haven't mastered.

Course Content

Pre-write
Follow email protocol.
Set goals.
Choose strategies based on the goals and readers.
Prepare the Information.
Learn how to overcome writer's block.
Prepare notes for your email, memo, letter, or report 
Organize the Writing.
Have an organizational pattern in mind.
Use special organizational patterns for some messages.
Introduce the Content.
For emails and memos, always write a clear, meaningful subject line.
Write a clear, complete introduction.
For emails, letters, and memos, write a cordial beginning or buffer.
State the contents.
For reports, state conclusions and recommendations in the introduction.
Write a Clear Document.
Write the explanations in blocks.
Check each block for focus.
Check each block for completeness.
Use headings to open blocks.
Create lists.
Write Clear, Complete Explanations.
Write to build conclusions in the reader's mind.
For reports, write clear, complete, relevant explanations.
Write a Conclusion with Impact.
Write a conclusion that achieves your goals. Write Clear, Effective Sentences, Paragraphs, and Words.
Use paragraphs to organize information.
Write concisely.
Write clear, simple, active-voice sentences.
For reports, write clearly and simply for non-technical readers.
Use words the reader will understand.
Prepare a Polished, Correct Final DraftUse your spell checker and grammar checker.
Proofread.
Format the email to be readable.

 

BWC130 Individualized Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English

The Individualized Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English course is for people who have a good command of the English language, but have basic usage problems resulting from speaking English as a second language. The course is a tutorial. Your instructor will evaluate samples of your writing, identify errors in language, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure, show you how the text should be written, coach you through learning the skills, and evaluate your learning as you progress through the course. The course gives you the focused training you need to write correct business English.

You will send writing samples to your instructor. Your instructor will read each sample thoroughly, identify skills you need to learn, list the sentences with problems in each area with corrections showing how they should have been written, assign readings from the grammar textbook, answer any questions you have about the skill, have you practice the skill, and give you an online quiz containing sentences from your original writing sample that you must correct in ten minutes to be sure you have learned the skills. You will go through four cycles of this work on your writing skills. You have unlimited access to the instructor in the course.

You may purchase the grammar textbook we use from a bookseller such as Amazon.com. However, the textbook is not required for the course. You will use online training materials to learn the skills.

Course Time

You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete each course, giving you a total of eight months, so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the eight-month period.

Course Content

In the Individualized Writing for Nonnative Speakers of English course, you will send writing samples to your instructor. Your instructor will read each sample thoroughly, identify skills you need to learn, list the sentences with problems in each area with corrections showing how they should have been written, assign readings from the grammar textbook, answer any questions you have about the skill, have you practice the skill, and give you an online quiz containing sentences from your original writing sample that you must correct in ten minutes to be sure you have learned the skills. You have unlimited access to the instructor in the course.

Your instructor will look for issues in any of the following areas and teach you the skills you need:

• Abbreviations • Adverbs • Affect - Effect • Apostrophes to Show Possession • Articles • Bolding • Capitalization • Colocations • Colloquialisms • Colons • Commas and Periods with Quotation Marks • Comma Overuse • Commas in a Series • Commas with "However," "Therefore," "Thus" • Commas with Coordinate Adjectives • Commas with Coordinating Conjunctions • Commas with Dates, States, Addresses, and Numbers • Commas with Introductory Elements • Commas with Nonrestrictive Appositives • Commas with Nonrestrictive Elements • Commas with Parenthetical Elements • Commonly Confused Word Pairs • Conciseness • Consistency • Contractions • Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers • Ellipses • Errors Unique to My Writing • Formatting • Fragment Sentences • Gerunds, Infinitives, and Participles • Hyphens and Dashes • Hyphens with Compound Adjectives • Hyphens with Numbers • Hyphens with Prefixes and Compound Words • Idioms and Word Usage • Inversions • Lists • Modal Auxiliary Verbs • Mood Shift • Number (Singular or Plural) • Numbers Format • Omitting Space or Inserting Too Much Space • Parallelism in Lists and Sentences • Parentheses • Passive Voice • Periods • Plurals • Prepositions • Pronoun Reference • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement • Pronouns • Proofreading • Questions • Quotation Marks • Run-on Sentences • Run-ons Using "Therefore," "However" • Semicolons • Simple Sentence Structures • Simple Vocabulary • Slashes • Spelling • Subject/Verb Agreement • Tense Endings • Tense Shifts • Tense • "There," "Their," and "They're," • Using Case Correctly • Using Key Words • "Whom," "That," and "Which" • Word Choice • Word Omitted • Word Unnecessary • Wordiness • Wording Problems