A Masterclass in Formal Writing

Learn how to Create Outstanding Reports, Essays and Formal Letters that Enable you to Excel in your Chosen Profession
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Instructed by Mr Stephen Duff Language / English
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Formal Writing is a vital skill in almost every workplace. This course can teach you how to excel in the crafting of reports, essays and formal letters.

All the skills you will need are broken down into bite-size chunks with clear explanations followed by opportunities to put these into practice. You can then check you progress as all the tasks and questions are followed immediately by the answers.

Suitable for almost all levels, you can pick and choose which skills to focus on, but there is so much ground covered that you will definitely find your horizons expanded. I have poured 10 years of teaching experience into these slides and they have been trialled with numerous groups in classrooms before being adapted for the Internet.

As a special bonus, there is also a Masterclass in persuasive writing, which will teach you the skills necessary to communicate your point of view and convince your readers.

What are the requirements?

  • A pen and paper (or electronic notepad) would be a valuable addition to a student's learning experience as, scattered throughout the lessons, there are chances to put what is being shared into practice and learn through doing.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • understand the requirements of formal writing
  • choose vocabulary to maximise effectiveness
  • tailor structure to strengthen impact
  • craft layout to enhance readability
  • write accurately using correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • create outstanding reports, essays and formal letters
  • master the skills necessary to excel in modern, communications-driven workplaces
  • decode the art of persuasion and discover how to write convincingly (bonus material!)

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant for students who have (at least) a basic grasp of the English language and are interested in developing their Formal Writing skills. There are plenty of strategies and helpful insights on offer, garnered from many years of teaching experience, which would help a wide range of abilities, but obviously those who know the least have the opportunity to learn the most.
  • Students starting an academic course and looking for help with their coursework i.e. how to write a report or essay
  • Those in business who want to improve their written communication skills with clients
  • Anyone who wants tried-and-tested resources to improve the accuracy of their writing

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction: why you need to master formal writing
Introducing your Tutor

Introducing "A Masterclass in Formal Writing", which aims to help you create excellent reports, essays, formal letters and such like. This will firstly involve an overview of the course:

  1. accurate, varied vocabulary
  2. sound planning and solid research
  3. logical, maximum-impact structuring
  4. easy-to-follow layouts
  5. showcasing your skills and understanding language
  6. sorting out punctuation and grammar
  7. top tips for editing and proofreading
  8. BONUS: mastering persuasive writing

Without wasting any of your valuable time, I will share the first set of strategies to make your formal writing vocabulary accurate and varied.

Section 2: Skills overview
Formal Writing - a Skills Overview
5 questions

Make sure you understand the key skills required for excellent writing

Section 3: Varied, accurate vocabulary
Varying your Vocabulary Correctly
Varying your vocabulary accurately
12 questions
Section 4: Sound Planning and Solid Research
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
Rigorous Research
4 questions

Check that you've understood the key concepts required to assess information for inclusion in your writing.

Section 5: Logical, maximum-impact structuring
Sensible structuring
Maximising impact & highlighting transitions
8 questions

Learn which words and phrases to insert into sentences, so that your writing flows accurately.

Section 6: Easy-to-follow layouts
Crafting an easy-to-follow layout
Easy-to-follow layout
4 questions
Section 7: Showcasing your skills and understanding language
Skills Showcase & Unravelling Language
Showcasing your skills & unravelling language
9 questions
Section 8: Sorting out punctuation and grammar
Perfecting your Punctuation
Perfecting your punctuation
10 questions
Good grammar
Good grammar
10 questions
Section 9: Top tips for editing and proofreading
Excellent editing
Excellent editing
4 questions
Section 10: BONUS: mastering persuasive writing
Mastering Peruasive Writing: Part 1
Mastering Peruasive Writing: Part 2
Mastering Peruasive Writing: Part 3
Section 11: Fun Review Quiz
Fun Review Quiz

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Instructor Biography

Mr Stephen Duff, UK College lecturer & Communication trainer with Udemy

After graduating with a First Class Joint Honours in History and English Literature from Glasgow University, I completed a PGDE teaching qualification through Jordanhill, Strathclyde University. This enabled me to become a Secondary English teacher, which I enjoyed for three years, before taking the exciting opportunity to transfer to Further Education.

Currently, as a Communication lecturer, I help students to develop functional skills in Reading, Writing and Speaking, contextualising these to their various vocational courses. In my teaching, I aim to engage students through succinct, quality explanations; practical, real-life examples and creative challenges, wherever possible, that enable active learning.

I'm now into my thirties, married to a wonderful woman and blessed with a beautiful daughter who's just starting to walk. In my spare time, I love to play basketball and football, as well as read a good book and watch a thought-provoking film.

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