Week 1.  Course Introduction

Key Point:

Eight basic steps to good practical writing


Week 2  Notes

Key Points:

Notes Left

Request for Leave

I.O.U / Due Bill

After-class Assignment:

Write a note according to the given situation.


Week 3.  Invitation Cards

Key Points:

Basic contents, formats and frequently used expressions of Invitations and Replies, including:

Invitation to Formal Dinner

Invitation to Dance

Invitation to Attending the Academic Activities, etc.

After-class Assignment:

Write an invitation card according to the given content first, then reply it according to the given situation.

Week 4.  Classified Ads

Key Points:

A brief introduction to ads in newspapers

Examples of classified ads

Personal ads for different occasions

After-class Assignment:

Write a piece of classified Ads based on the given scenario.


Week 5.  Posters

Key Points:

Learn some frequently used patterns in posters

Familiarize students with formats and patterns of posters

Familiarize students with the basic features of posters.

After-class Assignment:

Write a poster in English according to the given information.


Week 6.  Notices

Key Points:

Acquaint students with the basic formality of notices.

Acquaint students with the general writing style of notices.

Master key words/phrases and useful expressions in notices.

After-class Assignment:

Write a piece of notice according to the given scenario.


Week 7.  Memos

Key Points:

Acquaint students with the basic formality of memos.

Acquaint students with the general writing style of memos.

Master key words/phrases and useful expressions in memos.

After-class Assignment:

Write a memo according to the given situation.


Week 8.  Mid-term Exam


Week 9-10.  Resume

Key Points:

Basic components of a resume

Basic structure and format of a resume

Tips for writing winning resumes

After-class Assignment:

Write a resume according to your own situation.


Week 11.  Layout and Conventions of the Letter Writing

Key Points:

grasp the layout and conventions of letter writing;

recognize the distinctions between personal letter and business letter;

write a letter by using the right format and appropriate language.

After-class Assignment:

Group work: each group is required to pick up one type of letter and prepare a presentation for the next week’s class lecture.


Week 12.  Letter Writing Practice (1)

Key Points:

Students’ presentation & teacher’s summary

Four Types of Letter Writing

Letter of Invitation

Letter of Thanks

Letter of Congratulation

Letter of Complaint

After-class Assignment:

Each group is required to choose a type of letter writing assignment from the other three groups.


Week 13.  Letter Writing Practice (2)

Key Points:

Application Letters

Application Letter for Admission to Higher Learning Institutions & Job Application Letter

Acquaint students with the basic formality of application letters.

Acquaint students with the general writing style of application letters.

Master key words/phrases and useful expressions in applications.

After-class Assignment:

Write an application letter according to the given requirements.


Week 14-15.  Personal Statement

Key Points:

understand what a personal statement is for;

know the five basic sections of a personal statement;

build a good structure for his personal statement and highlight his motivation for the graduate program he applies for.

After-class Assignment:

Write a PS according to your own situation.


Week 16.  Q&A session


Week 17.  Final Exam


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