Business writing training
Writing English for a global audience training

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Key details

Key details

Two-day writing course that teaches how to create effective documents for consumption by a global audience with a limited knowledge of English.

In today’s global economy, it is essential that you convey a message that is clear and easily understood by everyone.

Our Writing English for a global audience course is ideal for anyone involved in drafting business or technical documents that must be understood by readers with a limited understanding of English. You learn how to:

  • Write documents that are clearly understood by non-native readers of English.
  • Engineer language to provide simple and readable documents for a global audience.
  • Limit choice in word selection and grammar without losing meaning.
  • Remove ambiguity and inconsistency from documents.
  • Enable swifter and easier translation of documents.
  • Apply a clear document design to improve understanding.

Writing English for a global audience training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Writing English for a global audience courses. This approach means that we can tailor your training to your exact business needs.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

Expert trainers

Writing English for a global audience training is provided by highly experienced instructors with 20+ years’ experience hosting courses such as this for business.

How will I learn?

Training combines lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.

Exercises provide activity-based experience and help build delegates’ confidence writing effectively. These exercises can be tailored to deal with issues specific to your business.

You have ample opportunity to discuss specific requirements with the trainer.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for Writing English for a global audience, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher back in the work-place.
  • Job aids and roadmaps to use post-course.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of a Writing English for a global audience training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Writing English for a global audience training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues.

General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.


Payment for english global audience training training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

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If a company or delegate cancels an english global audience training training course booking giving less than 10 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.


Course content

Course content

Writing in English for a global audience

  • An overview of controlled language approaches
    • Basic English
    • AECMA Simplified English
    • Controlled English
  • The value of a controlled language approach to business documents
    • Shortening reading time
    • Eliminating ambiguity
    • Avoiding missing information
    • Cutting costs
    • Minimising inconsistent and specialised terminology
  • Translation issues
    • Speed
    • Automated translation

Word choice

  • Using a lexicon of approved words
  • Limiting the meanings of approved words
    • Parts of speech
    • Approved meanings
  • Technical terms
  • Verbs
    • Tenses
    • Using active verbs
  • Writing concretely
    • Avoiding abstraction
    • Making instructions specific
    • Homonyms and synonyms
    • Modifiers and pronouns

Sentence construction

  • Grouping words
    • Using articles
    • Avoiding noun clusters
    • Redefining terms to help the reader
  • Getting the right sentence length and type
  • Rules for effective sentences
  • Length
  • Topics
  • Conjunctions
  • Transitions
  • Voice
  • Using Active Voice
    • Why active voice is effective
    • Changing passive construction to active voice
    • Imperative voice
    • Avoiding nominalizations
  • Using ‘You’ and ‘We’
  • Using positive language
  • Identifying and dealing with:
    • Fragmented and run-on sentences
    • Split infinitives
  • Beginning and ending sentences
  • Tables and lists

Structuring paragraphs

  • Signalling with paragraph structure
  • Restricting topic information
  • Presenting new and complex information slowly
  • Warnings and cautions
  • Paragraph length


  • A controlled approach to punctuation
  • Commas
    • As separators
    • As delimiters
  • Rules for hyphens
  • Parentheses
  • Colons, semi-colons and dashes
  • Full points

Building readability

  • How readers use documents
  • Using the page layout of your document to help your readers
    • Structuring the page for clarity
    • Breaking your document into readable sections
  • Using sentences to signal to the reader
  • Using images to convey information
  • Presenting statistics and graph

Implementing a controlled language approach

  • Developing your core vocabulary
    • Example vocabulary of approved words
    • Dealing with unapproved words
  • Developing a lexicon of technical terms
  • An editing-based approach to controlled language
    • Applying essential editing techniques
    • Checking and amending your document
    • Eliminating spelling and typographical errors
    • Proofreading
  • Tools available for implementing a controlled language approach

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