Taking the Write Route; Don't Let Weak Grammar Stand in the Way of Your Dream Career. Upgrade Your Communication Skills with an English Course

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Taking the Write Route; Don't Let Weak Grammar Stand in the Way of Your Dream Career. Upgrade Your Communication Skills with an English Course


Byline: Sarah Richardson

SOMETIMES, good performances in public examinations are not enough. After a time when students were able to achieve decent grades without sweating unduly over their spelling and grammar, politicians and major employers are calling for exams, in the words of Education Secretary Michael Gove, to "take proper account of the need to spell, punctuate and write a grammatical sentence".

In his speech to the Conservative Party Conference last October, Gove said: "It is every child's right to be taught how to communicate clearly. Thousands of children -- including some of our brightest -- leave school unable to compose a proper sentence, ignorant of basic grammar, incapable of writing a clear, accurate letter."

It's a concern he shares with Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Tesco's executive director of corporate and legal affairs, who has complained that school leavers come to them with poor literacy skills. She added: "They (students) don't seem to understand the importance of a tidy appearance and have problems with timekeeping."

For those who feel let down by their English and yet remain determined to get ahead, there are courses available to help you get up to speed. Bowden Hall College has been helping people improve themselves and reach their full potential since 1929. They run courses on memory improvement, improving your English, effective speaking and writing and self-psychology. All the courses they run are based on the distance learning principle and come with unlimited email tutorial support.

Robert Heap, whose father founded Bowden Hall College in 1929, explains how better English will transform your bank account.

"There is a direct link between the quality of your English and earning power," he says.

"Those who communicate well tend to do well. They are able to put their point of view across in an interesting and persuasive way. They can produce letters, reports, memos, articles, press releases or anything else that is demanded of them at the drop of a hat. They have no trouble finding the right words either, and they don't have to worry about revealing their ignorance through poor grammar or spelling.

"In every situation -- interviews, informal workplace discussions, meetings, presentations, seminars and so forth -- they have the advantage because they know how to express themselves clearly. …

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