Effective Business Writing

Course Code: BWT101
Day: Sat Time: 11:00-12:50 Hours: 20 Sessions: 10 Semester: Spring Medium of Instruction: English Special Notes: This is a hybrid course that you can join either at our Tokyo campus or online via Zoom. Location: Online, Tokyo

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Course Description

This course covers the correct format, content, and organization of the most commonly used business letters and correspondence. The course will address formal and informal writing styles, and how to effectively communicate in various business related scenarios. These include, informing, inquiring, advising, inviting, checking understanding, negotiating, and complaining. Participants will work through both best practices and common mistakes. Participants should walk away from the course feeling confident in their ability to effectively communicate via writing in variety of business related situations. This course is ideal for those who may have recently joined a company or department that requires more frequent communication in English. It is suitable for those who have a general understanding of English grammar and how to write simple emails, and want to learn new phrases, expand their vocabulary, and write more clear and concise emails.

Learning Objectives

1. To write emails, memos and reports in a professional and concise manner.
2. To understand how to structure and organize your business writing to be effective so you receive replies. 3. To improve your business vocabulary and grammar to manage difficult situatio.

Who should take this course

Those who want to write in English more clearly, concisely and logically.
English Level: Intermediate to High-Intermediate


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Eric J. Ritter

Instructor Biography

Eric Ritter has a Master's degree from Columbia University in New York in International Affairs and a Bachelors degree in Economics from SUNY-Oswego. He spent over 20 years in business as a financial analyst and lived in Thailand, Singapore and Hong Kong before moving to Tokyo in 2013. He specializes in teaching business English in particular effective speaking and writing skills. He has written articles on business for various publications including the Nikkei Asian Review and the Japan Times. In his spare time, he likes to play tennis and listen to jazz.