Brush up your grammar and punctuation

Course information

We all know that business writing must be polished and professional at all times, but how do you ensure that everything you write is correct? How do you train your eye to spot errors or inconsistencies in grammar, spelling and punctuation?

For example: When do you use a comma or a semi-colon? What is a correct sentence structure? How long should a sentence be? Is it ‘inquiry’ or ‘enquiry’? What is the difference between ‘principal’ and ‘principle’?

This highly practical workshop will give participants the tools and skills to understand how to write using correct grammar and punctuation. Practical exercises will be based on appropriate materials (e.g. correcting errors in a client letter).

After this course, you will:

  • Understand how to apply the fundamentals of good grammar
  • Feel confident in your ability to use punctuation correctly
  • Be able to identify and explain common errors

Who should attend?

This course is for anyone who writes or edits at work. It’s suitable for experienced writers who’d like a refresher and for newer writers who want to develop their skills. We’ve delivered it to public sector agencies, marketing teams, and support staff in legal firms.

What’s covered in this course

1

Get your grammar right

  • What is grammar and why is it important?
  • What makes a correct sentence?
  • What goes into an effective paragraph?
  • Simple check for good grammar
2

Common errors

  • Tricky stuff (e.g. ‘that’ vs ‘which’)
  • Fragments and word order
  • Singular vs plural
  • Active voice vs. passive voice
  • Commonly confused words (e.g. affect/ effect)
3

Identify punctuation rules

  • Apostrophes
  • Capital letters
  • Colons and semi-colons
  • Commas and full stops
  • Dashes and hyphens
  • Quotation marks

For a more detailed course outline, please get in touch.

Course delivery options ​

Live online training

Choose a practical interactive online session. Then, for more practice, you can get an exercise sheet that will be returned to you with corrections and comments.

Tailored in-house courses

Get the training you need with customised onsite training for your teams, based on your own communications. One-day or half-day courses for small groups.

Bespoke coaching – online

One-to-one sessions focus on your challenges and objectives. Practical exercises are based on your own client communications.

Get expert tips for your business writing – in our free fact-sheets

Want a refresher on punctuation? Or a quick guide to plain English? What about tips on writing for your website? Or useful phrases for minutes? Our fact-sheets are full of information that will help you to write clear, correct English.

We’ve delivered courses on grammar and proofreading for many leading organisations, including

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Get FREE fact-sheets

Want expert tips and tools to improve your writing?

  • Quick Guide to Plain English
  • Quick Punctuation Guide
  • Quick Grammar Guide
  • Ten Common Errors
  • Commonly Confused Words
  • Customer Communications with Impact
  • Writing for the Web
  • Web Accessibility
  • Editing for Results
  • Writing & Editing Checklist
  • Minutes – Useful Phrases

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