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Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: tone, register, style (Level 2)

Course Dates: 28/01/21 - 25/03/21
Time: 18:15 - 20:45
Location: Online

When you write an email at work or letter to a friend, do you wonder how you come across? Have you ever looked at someone else’s writing and noticed how their words and phrases seem just right; that the formality is appropriate for the reader and level of detail suitable and fit for purpose? Just as your style of clothing can set the tone of an occasion, be more or less appropriate and create different impressions, so can your choice of words and a good writer considers these different aspects. This course you will help you analyse pieces of writing and apply what you learn to texts both inside and outside the workplace so you can adapt your style, tone and register to impact and influence the reader in the way you think best.

You will need to complete a pre-course assessment. Contact universal.skill@citylit.ac.uk / 020 7492 2511 or click the Start Assessment button on the webpage. Please log in with your email (not name). Use Chrome if possible.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This course is about becoming aware of the impact of your writing on the reader. It is about finding the right tone, adopting the best style and use the most appropriate register in your writing both inside or outside of work. You will learn how to convey ideas effectively depending on the audience and purpose of the text. The course will help you to understand how your choice of words, phrases and sentence structure determine how formal or informal a text should be. You will gain more insight into how your writing can have an emotional impact on a reader. By the end of the course, you will be more confident with when to use descriptive, narrative, persuasive and explanatory styles for different pieces of writing such as messages to friends and family, work emails, official letters, applications or online content.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Analysing the tone, register and style of different pieces of writing
• Identifying the differences between descriptive, narrative, persuasive and explanatory styles
• Choosing the appropriate style needed for various contexts
• Employing the correct tone in a text
• Adopting the right level of formality (register) required for writing inside and outside of work
• Identifying how the reader attaches an emotional and cultural reaction to our words
• How to extend your vocabulary.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

•• Analyse the tone, register and style of different pieces of writing
• Distinguish the differences between descriptive, narrative, persuasive and explanatory styles
• Choose the appropriate style needed for various contexts
• Employ the correct tone in a text
• Adopt the right level of formality (register) required for writing inside and outside of work
• Analyse how the reader attaches an emotional and cultural reaction to our words
• Identify how to extend your vocabulary
• Write different pieces of writing inside and outside the workplace confident in your choice of tone, register and style.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for fluent speakers of English who want to improve their writing skills, inside or outside the workplace, whose English is Level 2 (working towards GCSE or Functional Skills). It is ideal for anyone who would like to do an English GCSE or Level 2 Functional Skills but does not need or have the time to do the full qualification. It would also be good preparation for anyone wanting to do these qualifications or who would like extra help while currently doing them. However, the focus on this course is on English skills, not passing an exam, so it is ideal for anyone wishing to improve their literacy skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will learn in a supportive and welcoming environment. The tutor will help you discover rules and features of English. You will work on your own and with other students. You will learn in a step by step manner so you can complete challenging tasks in enjoyable and relaxing ways. Your tutor will also work with you individually so you know how to improve. You will need to do work outside the classroom and use Google Classroom to help you.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need a lined A4 writing pad, pen, a folder for assignments and any other appropriate stationery. You will be expected to maintain a course folder of handouts and your assignments. If you are on a low income you may be able to apply to the Bursary Fund for help with the costs of the course (e.g. fares, books, materials).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

This course forms part of a series of courses designed to improve your English for the workplace and beyond. Other courses you could do at the same time or following this course are:

• AEWPC01 Develop your writing for the workplace and beyond: concision, coherence and organisation (Level 2)
• AEWPR01 Develop your reading and writing for the workplace and beyond: analysing, comparing and critically evaluating (Level 2)
• AERP01 Develop your English: reading for pleasure (Level 1-2)
• AEWC01/02 Develop your confidence in writing: sentence formation, grammar and punctuation in everyday writing (level 1-2)
• AEGF01/02 Develop your English: grammar foundation (level 1-2)
• AEWG01 Develop your writing: through grammar (level 1-2)
• AEO01/02 English for the Office: with digital skills (Level 1-2)

You might also want to do a qualification:

• ACP103 Getting ready for English Language GCSE
• AC10B/103 English Language GCSE
• AEA01 English: getting ready for Level 2 functional skills and apprenticeships (IW)
• AEA402A/B English Functional Skills Level 2

We also run Maths and Digital Skills courses to help you particularly in the workplace.

email: Universal.skills@citylit.ac.uk or ring 0207 492 2511 for information/assessment.


Check your level

Course Code: AEWPT01

Thu, eve, 28 Jan - 25 Mar '21

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £45.00

Before booking on this course, please register or log in to your account to complete a short online assessment. We need you to do this to check that this course is the right level for you.
Why do I need an advice session?

Any questions? skills@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2511

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