English Essentials

Table of Contents:

The Building Blocks of Business Writing

If you want to build your writing skills this book introduces a three-stage process for success. It shows how to master the fundamentals, develop an effective style, and select an appropriate format. Most importantly, it helps you prepare the "base" for further writing improvement.


  • To explain grammar basics
  • To review vocabulary and spelling
  • To clarify principles of punctuation
  • To clarify principles of capitalization, quotation marks, and underlining

Business Grammar Basics

This course defines the functions of the eight parts of speech: nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, interjections, and conjunctions and focuses on how to use them effectively and correctly. This course explains how to use words correctly, including some key rules on how to spell correctly. Students will learn the basic rules for using capital letters, abbreviations, and numbers. The standard rules and guidelines for using punctuation appropriately will also be reviewed.

The course also describes rules for using different connecting and separating marks such as colons, semicolons, dashes, and hyphens. In addition, it shows how to properly use apostrophes, parentheses, brackets, and quotation marks. The course examines the parts of a sentence – the subject and predicate, for example – and distinguishes between phrases and clauses. It shows the importance of subject-verb agreement, as well as agreement between pronouns and their antecedents.

You'll also find out how to identify and fix some of the most common types of sentence errors. This course describes how to use commonly confused words correctly, including word pairs that sound alike and those that have related meanings. It also covers verbs that are often misused – for example, affect and effect or apprise and appraise. In addition, the course reviews some idiomatic combinations of verbs and prepositions that can be confusing.

English Improvement

In today's multicultural society, some people question the relevance of English Improvement training. Many American businesses have accommodated foreign language speakers by offering customer service and marketing material in Spanish, Chinese, and other languages. English Improvement training, however, is essential for non-English speakers to truly thrive in American business, education, and the communities they live in. Typical salary increase for bilingual workers in customer service jobs equal 5-10%

English Improvement class helps students who are learning English grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, or listening, and prepares you for the workforce where you can communicate with other English speakers. Today's English Improvement training programs are more fun and flexible than ever. Our training techniques cater to every type of learner (Visual, Logical, Auditory, Verbal, Physical, Social and Solitary) so our students will learn using in class and online courses. Online English Improvement training programs offer the most flexibility, while some students prefer the immersive environment of live classes.

We use two online training sites to work with our English Improvement students:

Site 1) This site’s focus on grammar has extensive learning aids, including 46 categories, 426 lessons/assignments and 31 tests in the following areas: Adjective Clauses, Conditional Sentences, Confusing Words, Conjunctive Adverbs, Conversational Language, English Sounds and Spellings, Figurative Expressions, Future Perfect Tense, Gerunds, Homographs - Homophones & Homonyms, Indirect Questions, Information Questions, Interesting Vocabulary, Bring and Take, Nouns, Other Connecting Words, Past Continuous Tense, Past Perfect, Prepositions, Present Continuous Tense, Present Perfect Progressive Tense, Pronouns, Saying Numbers, Showing Possession, Simple Past Tense, Simple Present Tense, Special Expressions with Body Parts, Special Expressions with Colors, Tag Questions, The Period, The Semicolon, Understanding and Using Modal Verbs, Understanding Conditional Sentences, Using Capital Letters, Using English Articles, Using Personal Titles, Using Phrasal Modifiers, Verb Forms and Verb Tenses, Verbs and Other Verbs, Yes/No Questions. It also includes Idioms, Phrasal Verbs and Slang.

Site 2) - This Sites focus on grammar includes 35 categories, 130 lessons/assignments and 39 tests in the following areas: Be, Be Negatives, Be Questions, Nouns/Pronouns, This-That-These-Those and There Present Tense, Have, Articles Preposition, Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns, Do, Do Negative, Present vs. Past Tense, Commands, Questions with Do, Object Pronouns, Much/Many, Little/Few, Infinitives, Like, Adjectives & Conjunctions, Possessive Pronouns, Reflexive Pronouns, Questions with Did, Have – Past and Present Tense, The Comparative Form, The Superlative Form, The Past vs. the Past Continuous, Modal Verbs, Perfect Modals, Direct and Indirect Quotations, Prepositional Phrases, The Passive Voice, The Past – Present and Future Passive, Past and Present Perfect Passive, Simple/Compound and Complex Sentences, Adjective Clauses, Adverb Clauses, Reported Speech and Indirect Speech, Embedded Questions and Words Used in Transition.

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