Communications (not-for-credit)

Business English for Nonnative Writers

Course Overview

Please note that this course is NOT offered for CPE credit.

In this course, Philip Vassallo looks at the challenges of writing business English for nonnative writers. He begins by outlining the "10 Commandments" of attitude and aptitude used in the course. He continues by identifying some of the most common writing errors, then explains how to construct clear sentences, understand linguistic etiquette, and use tricky words and expressions. In addition, he looks at certain outdated rules of grammar, and instead emphasizes how native users of English really write and speak.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, the course participant should be able to:

  • Identify the most common writing errors.
  • Construct sentences for maximum clarity.
  • Employ linguistic etiquette as the situation dictates.
  • Use tricky words and expressions properly.

Prerequisites/Advanced Preparation:


Speaker / Author:

Philip Vassallo, Ed.D. has developed, delivered, and supervised communication training programs for a wide range of managerial, administrative, and technical professionals in corporate, government, and academic environments. He has also taught writing and presentation skills on the graduate and undergraduate university levels, most recently for the Beijing International MBA program at Peking University.

He has served as an essay and speech evaluator for the Educational Testing Service on standardized tests such as the Graduate Record Examination, College Level Examination Placement, Graduate Management Admissions Test, and the Test of Spoken English. He also has provided writing coaching and assessment services for numerous corporate employees.

Dr. Vassallo is the author of the books How to Write Fast Under Pressure, on writing efficiently; The Art of On-the-Job Writing, on work-related writing; The Art of E-Mail Writing, on business e-mail; The Inwardness of the Outward Gaze, on philosophy and teaching; and The Choice Movement and Educational Equity, on education. He also writes Words on the Line, a column and a blog on effective writing. He has contributed to many literary and educational publications, and to books by McGraw-Hill, St. Martin’s Press, and Simon & Schuster. Ten of his plays have been staged in New York and elsewhere, and he has won or been a finalist in several state and national playwriting competitions.

Dr. Vassallo holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Baruch College, a master’s in education from Lehman College, and a doctorate in educational theory from Rutgers University. He is a past president of the New Jersey College English Association.


Price (USD)

Standard: $49.90


Course Code : NCVAS01

Release Date : 04/03/2017
Expire Date : 07/31/2021

Course Level : None

Format Type : eLearning
Mobile Compatible

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