Grammar for Business Writing

Course code: TGS-2020501322

Common grammar mistakes can cause chinks in your otherwise perfect writing. Learn how to choose your words and use them right for smoother communication.

Date: 5 Oct 2021

Status: –

Available Dates
Course Fees
  • Early Bird (EB) S$363.80

    Early bird date in brackets

  • Normal S$417.30
  • Members S$321.00

    Fees are inclusive of 7% GST

In business, correct English grammar is essential in communicating effectively, in both speech and writing. The Grammar for Business Writing course highlights the usage problems associated with contemporary grammar. Grammar refers to rules that allow us to organise our words and sentences into coherent, meaningful language. This course, therefore, explores the major areas of English grammar.

The course also addresses the three issues underlying all errors of grammatical usage: the idea of Standard English, the effects of language change on English grammar, and the effects of language attitudes on our perception of “correct” English. It will be of interest to anyone who wishes to increase his or her confidence in presenting English clearly, and improve his or her editing and proofreading abilities.

After the workshop, you will be able to:

  • recollect how the English language works
  • communicate more accurately and effectively
  • use precise vocabulary to convey the intended meaning
  • avoid common English errors to polish your business writing


  • The Structure of English
    – words
    – phrases
    – clauses
    – sentences
  • Noun countability
    paper or papers
    food or foods
  • Tenses
    I have replied to the email or I had replied to the email
  • Transitivity
    I look forward to hear or I look forward to hearing
  • Verb Mood
    If I am you, I will tell him or If I were you, I would tell him
  • Subject and Verb Agreement
    – None of the documents is or None of the documents are
  • Preposition
    I am on the bus or I am in the bus
  • Correct sentence structures
  • Punctuation
  • Commonly Confused and Misused Words
    revert or reply
    – kindly
    or please
    – subject to
    or subjected to
Who should attend?

Managers, executives, and non-executive staff.


Participants are guided through practical steps of the topic with a combination of lectures, group work, and proofreading and editing of business texts using dictionary software.

Practitioner's Certificate

This is a module under the Practitioner’s Certificate in Business Writing certificate programme.

Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance after completing the module.

Get the Practitioner’s Certificate in Business Writing now by completing ALL 3 modules under this certificate programme.

Click here to learn more about this certificate programme.


Ms Florence Au has been training adult learners in business communication for about 27 years. Her initial training stint in the private sector saw her teaching secretaries and administrative staff in the writing of letters, memos, reports, press releases and minutes of meetings for examination courses.

With this experience and that accumulated from her job as an administrator and later a training manager, she went on to train public officers. She has since been training at the Civil Service College (CSC) for more than 12 years. At CSC, Florence conducts public-run written communication courses in the Write programme, which includes grammar, emails, letters, reports and minutes of meetings. She has also re-written three courses for IPAM – Writing Reports and Proposals, Writing Minutes of Meetings and Writing Effectively – The Quality Service Approach.

Florence holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature, a Diploma in Translation and Interpretation and professional qualifications from the UK in writing minutes of meetings and shorthand.

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