A Masterclass in Formal Writing
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A Masterclass in Formal Writing

Learn how to Create Outstanding Reports, Essays and Formal Letters that Enable you to Excel in your Chosen Profession
3.5 (1 rating)
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Created by Mr Stephen Duff
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 19 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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!)
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  • 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.

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.

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
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Introduction: why you need to master formal writing
2 Lectures 06:52

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.

Preview 04:28
Skills overview
1 Lecture 08:49

Make sure you understand the key skills required for excellent writing

Check test: Skills Overview
5 questions
Varied, accurate vocabulary
1 Lecture 13:07
Varying your Vocabulary Correctly

Varying your vocabulary accurately
12 questions
Sound Planning and Solid Research
2 Lectures 33:37
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Rigorous Research

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

Rigorous Research: quiz
4 questions
Logical, maximum-impact structuring
2 Lectures 23:13
Sensible structuring

Maximising impact & highlighting transitions

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

Linking and connecting words/phrases
8 questions
Easy-to-follow layouts
1 Lecture 19:47
Crafting an easy-to-follow layout

Easy-to-follow layout
4 questions
Showcasing your skills and understanding language
1 Lecture 19:25
Skills Showcase & Unravelling Language

Showcasing your skills & unravelling language
9 questions
Sorting out punctuation and grammar
2 Lectures 25:36
Perfecting your Punctuation

Perfecting your punctuation
10 questions

Good grammar

Good grammar
10 questions
Top tips for editing and proofreading
1 Lecture 18:51
Excellent editing

Excellent editing
4 questions
BONUS: mastering persuasive writing
3 Lectures 42:02
Mastering Peruasive Writing: Part 1

Mastering Peruasive Writing: Part 2

Mastering Peruasive Writing: Part 3

Some quick questions to check your knowledge of the techniques that will help you persuade your audience and move them to action.

Persuasive Writing
9 questions
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About the Instructor
Mr Stephen Duff
3.5 Average rating
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10 Students
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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.