Writing
Business Writing Essentials
- Basic E-mail and Letter Writing
Thu. 2nd. Period Stephen Hofstee
Keywords:
Business English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing, Business Writing

This course is a writing course suitable for students with a TOEFL score of up to 459, or students who have successfully completed the Gateway English course.  It is designed to equip students with the ability to compose different kinds of business correspondence.  Students are exposed to and practice various phrases, format, and content usually found in standard business writing, both in class and for homework.  At the end of the course, students should have the ability to write standard business e-mails, letters, reports, and memos.

Designed as a product writing course, students will be encouraged to mimic a model text such as a formal letter and students' attention is drawn to the importance of the language used.  This is followed by controlled practice of the highlighted features.  At the end of the learning process, students should be able to use the skills, structures, and vocabulary they have been taught to produce the product.

All homework and tests will be done online through Moodle.  All tasks, exercises and activities during class will be done on a keyboard, so students will be required to bring a computer to class every lesson.

This course is best suited for students who:

  • have TOEFL scores between 425 and 459
  • are comfortable taking instruction and participating in English
  • are happy to perform pair and group work
  • are keen work hard to develop more native-like writing skills


This course will focus on helping learners develop and practice techniques for writing business e-mails and letters in the right format, in the right tone and in the right register.  Other objectives include:

  • increasing vocabulary
  • improving grammar


Attendance and Participation: 25%
Homework: 50%
Final Test: 25%


1

Course Overview, Class Rules, and Moodle Enrollment

2

Writing Effectively and Accurately

3

Business Letter Format and Structure

4

E-mails and Netiquette

5

Common E-mail Greetings, Opening Sentences, and Closings

6

Inquiries

7

Replies

8

Suggestions, Opinions, Agreement, and Disagreement

9

Complaints

10

Apologies

11

Congratulations and Thanks

12

Formal Reports

13

Proposals, Informal Reports, and Memos

14

Final Test

15


This is a writing course, so there will be a lot of writing, but I am sure that you will also have some fun.  There is opportunity to practice some of your speaking skills, and as this course is computer based, you are able to review lessons at home very easily.