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    Hi,

    I want to know, what all comes under Business Writing Skills?

    Email Writing Skills
    Letter Writing Skills
    CV/Resume Writing Skills
    Writing minutes of meeting

    Thanks

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    Financial reports, sales presentations and proposals spring to mind as well.

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    It's a very broad term and could cover anything from a message scribbled on a post-it note to legal documents.

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    Letters of resignation
    Employee performance reviews written by managers and supervisors
    Employee performance assessments written by employees - assess yourself
    Reprimands and warnings written by managers and supervisors
    Thank-you letters or thank-you notes
    Follow-up letters
    Replies to inquiries
    Networking letters - writing to people who have given you a business card at a networking meeting - This walks a fine line, somewhere between friendly and formal.

    Some emails are formal, and some are informal.

    Company-wide emails announcing procedure changes, for example, are formal. Requesting information from a colleague at work would, generally, be informal.

    Thanks for posting the question. I think I'll try to make a complete list.

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    Rejection letters - telling someone that they were not chosen for a job

    ... However, if a position opens up that's a good match for your qualifications, we will call you. Thank you, once again, for your application. We wish you the best in your job search.

    Regards,

    Manager


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    On a happier note

    Recommendation letters
    Letters of reference
    Letter to request a recommendation

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    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    I want to know, what all comes under Business Writing Skills?

    Email Writing Skills
    Letter Writing Skills
    CV/Resume Writing Skills
    Writing minutes of meeting

    Thanks
    While teaching Business Writing Skills, what is that you will teach or cover? Which elements of english will you focus on?

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    Marketing letters, announcing a product or service
    Price inquiries - could be email
    Scheduling inquiries - could be email

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    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    While teaching Business Writing Skills, what is that you will teach or cover? Which elements of english will you focus on?
    I focus on the ones that the students need. This is based on needs analysis interviews. However, this sort of needs analysis is ongoing. It's not the traditional syllabus approach.

    The needs often focus on correcting grammatical errors, which are not easy to classify or categorize. Many grammatical errors do not fall into one of the broader categories covered in ESL-EFL grammar books, though sometimes they do.

    Then there's coherence and intelligibility. Sometimes writing is so bad that I don't know what someone means to communicate; I can't get meaning from certain passages sometimes. That's a headache, but it's part of the job.

    Prepositions are typical errors. With some writers it's noun clauses - yes, again, noun clauses. Writers from certain language backgrounds leave out articles sometimes. It could be anything. Each class and each student is different.
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    While teaching Business Writing Skills, what is that you will teach or cover? Which elements of english will you focus on?
    Some writers don't have a good understanding of how to combine ideas in sentences. Such writing seems illogical at times. So it's a combination of grammar, style, and intelligibility. Sometimes I bracket phrases and sentences. It's easier to isolate problems sometimes.

    Sometimes I say, "Okay, I've marked this for grammar errors. Rewrite it, and then we'll work on sentence formation and the combining of ideas.".

    It depends on the writer. Sometimes people just need to write short emaiils. People who are very fluent might forget to use past tense verbs or simply forget to add "ed" and "s" where it's necessary.

    One never knows exactly what to expect. Meet the students and find out what they need to work on. This is not just a selling point. The truth is that a course won't work for people unless it's customized. Choosing a book for business writing ... mm... I'd rather not. It won't work. You have to find out what people need - what they need to work on. Then you have a happy manager and happy ESL speakers and writers who can improve their English for work.

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    If possible, it's good to point out phrases that one may consider "stock phrases" or "stock sentneces" that one can use again. Communicaiton can be repetitive sometimes.

    There's the old "I would appreciate it if you could ..." phrase. I would call that a semi-fixed expression.

    Sometimes fluent speakers write, "I will like to know if we can ..." Nooo, not that. It's "I would like to know if we can ..."

    Polite inquiry or request, "Would it be possible to ...".

    "I was wondering if you might have some time tomorrow afternoon." - Use that any time you need to make friendly and polite request to meet with someone. It could be a good customer you know you'll never lose, but you've got to use delicate language. That's good for email or the phone.
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