Why take this course?
After completing this course, you will be able to
- structure sentences so they are clear, correct and sound more natural
- use articles and prepositions properly
- use correct English grammar and punctuation
- spell words the Canadian way when appropriate
- apply plain language techniques to the writing you do every day
- edit and proofread your own work.
This fun and interactive course will help you write English that is clear, correct and sounds more natural. Designed by an instructor who's evaluated hundreds of documents written by people who are not mother-tongue English, this course focuses on the issues you're most likely to have trouble with rather than taking the usual "general information" approach.
You'll learn how to arrange adjectives in the correct order, structure sentences properly and correct punctuation errors. We'll also look at choosing appropriate verb tenses, phrasal verbs, Canadian spelling, plain language writing tips and more. You'll get lots of hands-on help and exercises, practice writing a good cover letter and get feedback on your own work.
Who should attend?People whose mother tongue is not English and who need to write English correctly and clearly. Anyone who needs a refresher in English grammar, style and punctuation basics would also benefit from this course.
Previous experience writing in English would help. You should be comfortable speaking in English, since it is the language of instruction.
This course helps you learn or enhance skills you need to meet and apply these federal public service competencies, behaviours, policies or programs:
Key Leadership Competencies:
Employee Effective Behaviours:
Communications Policy of the Government of Canada
What topics are covered?
Canadian spelling tips
Arranging sentences properly
- Putting adjectives in the right order
- Placing modifiers
- Balancing sentences
- Keeping point of view consistent
- Using prepositions
Getting your verbs right
- Choosing the appropriate tense
- Combining verb forms
- Using the subjunctive
- Making subjects and verbs agree
- Using phrasal verbs
"Faux Amis" and Common Confusables
- Phrases from other languages that look similar in English but mean different things
- English words and phrases that are commonly misused
Appropriate greetings and sign-offs
Writing in Plain English
- Plain language writing tips
- Sentence length
- Smothered verbs and noun strings
- Personal pronouns
- Tone and vocabulary level