STUDY AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT                                                                                                               

 The ability to write, speak and communicate in good English – professionally – is a huge advantage when aiming to gain good employment, gain the confidence of employers and customers, and in seeking promotion and high-level posts.  Without a good level of English people are often considered to be poorly educated or to lack managerial/administrative, secretarial or personnel skills.  Not only is English an international language, but it is frequently the medium of communication for those who have different ‘first languages’, so good English is essential.  This is an excellent and useful Program and builds upon the College’s Essential Everyday English Program, and takes English skills to a professional level of ability.

English at this level is often needed for admission to higher-level studies internationally, in all areas of study and education.


  • Punctuation marks and their purpose to make writing clear and easy to understand.
  • Improving vocabulary and knowledge of English words; prefixes and suffixes.
  • Spellings and the meanings of English words, dictionaries.
  • The various types of punctuation and their uses in theory and practice.
  • Forming complete and sensible sentences: sentence parts: subjects, predicates, word order.
  • Building logical and well-ordered paragraphs.
  • Positive and negative statements, questions and commands. 1st, 2nd, 3rd person; verb tenses.
  • Using names and numbers; their features and purposes. Complements, transitive verbs.
  • The parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, conjunctions and prepositions.
  • More on words and speech: gender, subjective and objective words and phrases, articles.
  • Making writing varied and interesting, creating descriptions, the context of words and passages.
  • Avoiding problems with commonly confused English words.
  • Using an English-English dictionary to increase understanding and variety.
  • Distinguishing between words.
  • Developing a good writing style; the meanings of uses of similes and metaphors.
  • Comprehension, reading, understanding and interpreting, and responding sensibly.
  • Writing social and private letters: preparing enquiries and complaints, writing replies.
  • Written and spoken English compared; direct and indirect speech and writing.
  • Introduction to business letter writing: planning, drafting, features, layouts, objectives, tones, style, references, post scripts; passages, paragraphs, clarity.

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